Study With Us - Art, Beauty & Inspiration

Exploring the beauty and depth of visual art from a Catholic perspective.

Certificate in Art, Beauty & Inspiration (CABI)

This one-year course explores the beauty and depth of visual art from a Catholic perspective. It introduces the riches of the whole Christian tradition and its continued inspiration in both the East and the West up until the present day, rooted above all in the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The course is for both artists and those interested in art, especially its role in Christian life, liturgy and catechesis. The course does not presume, nor require, any specific abilities or skills in art. The course explores the ways that visual art forms can reflect timeless truths and a holistic Catholic worldview that can speak to the needs that today's men and women have for beauty, goodness and truth. Students are encouraged to draw together the personal, religious, artistic and intellectual dimensions of their lives into a coherent focus, uniting theology and art so as to contribute richly to each person's development.

What are the entry requirements?

Open access

How long is the programme?

One year, incorporating three modules, three study days and a retreat day.

The study days for 2017-2018 are:

  • Study day 1: Saturday 11th November 2017 (led by Sr Magdalen Lawler SND)
  • Study day 2: Saturday 10th March 2018 (led by Sr Sheila Gosney RJM)
  • Study day 3: Saturday 9th June 2018 (led by Dr Mary Beal)

When is the next enrolment?

The course recommences each autumn and is enrolling now.

Programme information (content & structure)

Three modules are studied over the year each introduced by a study day:

  • Module 1: Praying With Art
  • Module 2: Creativity & Spirituality
  • Module 3: Art: The Light Versus the Dark. A Challenging Look. (Luke 21:5-6; John 2:19)


A written assignment is required for each module.

Resources needed

  • A Bible
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access to the Documents of Vatican II

How do I apply?

For an application form please click here.

Disability support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Disability Support Form here and email it or post this to the Disability Support 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 Disability Support Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

Please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"The whole course today has been enlightening with a lot food for thought."

FE Student - March 2018 (CABI Maryvale)

"I have enjoyed listening and learning. Sister led us calmly through a most spiritual day. I took away things I can do and (hopefully) share with others, even though I never considered myself artistic!! I see that I do not have to be in order to be creative."

FE Student - March 2018 (CABI Maryvale)

"Relaxing – and the simplicity of all the talks and enjoyable to listen to as Sr. has a very pleasant voice."

FE Student - March 2018 (CABI Maryvale)

"The presentation by Dr. Marie Cooke was lively, engaging and empowering. Thank you."

FE Student - March 2018 (CABI Maryvale)
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