Certificate In Sacred Arts

Global Ministries University offers a mini, undergraduate and graduate Sacred Arts Certificate. The Certificate in Sacred Arts can be custom designed and earned completely online.  This outstanding certificate program is ideal for those who need specific ministry training and/or continuing education in a specific area of sacred arts.  

Mini-Certificate: The mini-certificate in Sacred Arts consists of two courses selected from the list below and a project or paper. 

Undergraduate: The undergraduate certificate in Sacred Arts consists of four courses selected from the list below and a project or paper. 

Graduate: The graduate certificate in Sacred Arts consists of four courses selected from the list below and a project or paper. 

CERTIFICATE IN SACRED ARTS CURRICULUM

TH542 The Sacred Art and Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen  Hildegard of Bingen, twelfth century abbess, mystic, visionary, herbalist, dramatist, poet and prophet, will be studied as a model for the sacred artist.  An in depth study of Hildegard’s life and her vibrant spiritual/creative process will be examined. The exploration of motifs within Hildegard’s ancient wisdom will be translated into contemporary creative expression. Poetry writing, visual prayer collage, and mandala drawing, will be the forms of sacred art making for this course. 

TH543 Cinema: Inspiration for the Spirit  The power of film to move the spirit will be explored in this course. Three contemporary films are explored through the lens of myth, archetype, and symbol in relationship to the potential for spiritual transformation through cinematic inspiration.  

 TH544 The Sacred Artist for Today’s Spiritual Renaissance  The Renaissance of 14th-16th century Europe was a movement to rebirth art and literature into the culture.  Contemporary life offers the opportunity to Sacred Artists to begin the Spiritual Renaissance.  This course explores the need for a resurgence of beauty, aesthetics, and sacred art to balance the darkness of the times and to uplift the human spirit and condition. 

 TH545 Art and Spirituality This is a course of remembrance, reawakening and revolutionary art-making in response to Spirit moving in our lives. ‘Spirituality’ is considered — not in the popular sense, as a detached, contemplative activity, far away from the concerns of the world — but as a catalyst to transform self and society from within the vision of the One, the Ultimate Source.   The student is expected to avail him/herself of art exhibits, performances, “happenings and events” of a variety of creative and expressive art.

TH541 The Craft of Spiritual Journaling
The spiritual journal is a contemplative tool for recording personal reflections, spontaneous prayer, and encounters with the sacred imagination. The student will spend reflective time with his/her spiritual journal and each journal entry will take the form of written or creative expression (sketching, collage, etc.) to record spiritual insights, questions, and illuminations.  The journal will accompany the student on field trips, nature walks, and pilgrimages required for subsequent Sacred Arts courses. 


TH542 The Sacred Art and Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen  Hildegard of Bingen, twelfth century abbess, mystic, visionary, herbalist, dramatist, poet and prophet, will be studied as a model for the sacred artist.  An in depth study of Hildegard’s life and her vibrant spiritual/creative process will be examined. The exploration of motifs within Hildegard’s ancient wisdom will be translated into contemporary creative expression. Poetry writing, visual prayer collage, and mandala drawing, will be the forms of sacred art making for this course. 


TH546 Transformational Theater Transformational Theater is an inclusive and interactive performance form, accessed through the medium of the expressive arts that invites spectators to become actors, creators, and movers; transforms mundane space into sacred space thus birthing the “redeemed cosmos.” It explores spirituality by dancing in the streets, singing in the rain and shining like a beacon into the dark and forgotten cells of prisons and institutions. The purpose of Transformational Theater in the context of ministry is that it gives voice to the silenced, the oppressed and the marginalized.

Project/Paper Student will submit a project or paper that is related to sacred arts coursework and/or practical use of information acquired.  Subject matter of project or paper to be approved by GMU Dean of Continuing Education.

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