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Certificate in Catholic Art

Is this course for you?

The Certificate in Catholic Art (CCA) course is designed to introduce and inspire an interest in Catholic Art, assisting in the development of knowledge and understanding of the place of culture, art and beauty within a Catholic perspective. It is for anyone who has, or who wishes to develop, an interest in this area. No previous knowledge or expertise is required, simply an interest in the subject. The course includes a foundation in the core knowledge of the Catholic perspective on God as artist and creator; it looks at some of the best (and lesser) known Christian religious paintings across a diverse range and also, to a smaller degree, architectural, sculptural and other art forms. Students undertake three modules, completing a workbook and assignment for each module.

How long is the programme?

This is a 1 Year, 3 module programme.

When is the next enrolment?

The course starts at the Centre in Spring 2022 with a 3 hour introduction to the course and lecture on the first module, an opportunity to meet lecturers and other students and an opportunity to ask questions relating to areas such as Moodle, assignments and so on.

(Please note that this will be online, using Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may change to ‘in person’ teaching during the term of the course but is subject to discussion with all students)

Programme information (content & structure)

The course aims to development knowledge, understanding and interest in art, including:

  • Core knowledge of the Catholic perspective on God as artist and creator and on man and woman made in his image.
  • Consideration of Catholic culture, the influence of philosophers Plato and Aristotle and Christ as the Image of God.
  • Understanding the interdependence of the major faiths of the world and how we form Christian criteria for critiquing art and judging whether it accords with the fullness of Christian life.
  • Exploring examples of Doctrinal, Liturgical, Moral and Devotional Christian art and its role within the Faith.
  • Considering the various artistic expressions of beauty across periods and cultures.
  • Identifying the component parts of a work of art and how they contribute to beauty.
  • Examination of the Holy Spirit in art, the use of traditional symbols and how humanity is inspired by the Holy Spirit through works of art


  • M074 Art in a Catholic World View
  • M075 Art and the Christian Life
  • M076 Beauty and Inspiration

All three modules must be completed in order to receive the Course Certificate.


Assessment is undertaken in the form of a workbook (completed as part of the course study). This includes a range of activities, reading and reflexion, together with a final art based assignment.

Learning Methods and Student Support

The course is carefully designed to give you a high level of support so that, even though you are at a distance, help is always at hand. Support is provided through:

  • Live lectures for each module, available to students after the lecture to rewatch.
  • Modular group tutorials prior to the final workbook submission date.
  • Course materials, which are written as ‘tutorials in print’.
  • Additional provision, guidance and information on Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).
  • Guidance on written work from academic tutors.
  • Opportunities for 1-to-1 tutorials for students throughout the course.
  • Access to monthly tutorials for all Centre students, where there is opportunity for prayer together as well as additional input from seminars and discussions with other students and staff.
  • Access to the Maryvale Institute research library throughout the period of your studies.
  • Student handbook and Course handbook.

The course uses a variety of learning approaches, including lectures, coursebooks, workbooks, quizzes, tutorials and study sessions to enable every student to complete their course.

Course Fees

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How do I apply?

Applications are welcome at any time of year. To apply, download the application form.

Please complete application form, then pay the application fee of £25 (if you have completed a course with us before you do not need to pay this) together with the course fee.

Once we receive payment of your course fees you will receive a confirmation email, together with information regarding your course and access to the materials for the first module.

If you have any further questions about the course before registration, please contact the Centre team:

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If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator by using the contact button below:

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