Study at Regent College
Regent College offers a concentration in Christianity and the Arts as part of its Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree. Students in this concentration complete an Integrative Project in the Arts and Theology (IPIAT).
The IPIAT in the visual arts provides an opportunity for students to create original artwork and the possibility of presenting it in a solo or group exhibition at the Lookout Gallery. Students also complete a supporting academic essay in which they reflect theologically on their work.
The program generally takes two to three years to complete. Under the guidance of the Arts Administrator and Academic Supervisor, each student submits a proposal that is reviewed by the Arts Advisory committee. Once the proposal is accepted, the student is assigned a technical advisor who is a professional visual arts practitioner. The technical advisor meets with the student throughout the course of their IPIAT to offer guidance and feedback on their work.
Along with producing original art, the student writes both an academic paper, which is a theological discussion of a pertinent aspect of the medium or tradition in which the project is done, and a personal reflection paper on the creative process (difficulties encountered, principles and insights gained, ways this has prepared the student for future artistic endeavours).
All IPIATs for visual artists conclude with a public presentation of their work: a solo or combined exhibition of the artwork, and a talk highlighting portions of the academic paper and describing the creative process.