THL322 Theology, The Arts And Film (8)

This subject addresses the role of the arts as integral to Christian theology and life, both in classical and popular understanding, by exploring the ways in which theology, the arts and film mutually interpret each other to give a broader understanding of human life and of God. Attention is given to the role in theology, worship, and discipleship of the verbal, visual, performing and fine arts. Selected genres including, for example, literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, music, dance/mime, drama/theatre, architecture, photography and film are addressed in-depth. The relationships between aesthetics and religious experience in the context of worship and discipleship, and the role of media and culture in the Christian Church will also be addressed.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL115 and THL120

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between aesthetics and religious experience in the context of worship and discipleship
  • be able to develop and use artistic resources in the planning and coordination of a worship activity
  • be able to discuss critically the use of various artistic media in the history of Christianity
  • be able to discuss critically the relationship between film, theology and culture
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Culture, Christianity and the Arts
  • Theological and methodological considerations
  • Aesthetics and religious experience
  • The church and the arts
  • Architecture: Memorials and worship spaces
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Drama, mime, dance and movement
  • The visual arts
  • The verbal and literary arts
  • Theology and Film

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

This residential school provides students with the opportunity of engaging with the subject matter in an intensive manner in a group setting.

Activitives include lectures, tutorial presentations, library research, and visits to art galleries, memorials and the cinema.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.