Master's Degree in Sacred Arts

Master's Degree in Sacred Arts

The Master's Degree in Sacred Arts combines the study of theology (primarily scripture and liturgy), philosophy, mathematics, architecture, art history and fine arts. The integration of these subjects in a single program brings to light new facets of each, and highlights the relations that exist among the subjects. Thus, students receive a wholistic formation rooted in a profound knowledge of each subject. Students who complete the MSA will be well equipped to pursue further study in any one of the component fields. Additionally, while the MSA stands as a complete program, it can be taken as a complement to other fields of study (e.g. education). Students who have already completed graduate level work in one or more subjects included in the program may seek to transfer credits towards the MSA degree. 

Pontifex University believes that an authentic Catholic education should center on beauty as a primary means of encountering Christ, His creation, and His Church, and this encounter should facilitate the supernatural transformation of the person such that their whole life reflects divine beauty and inspires the transformation of the culture. 

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 Master's of Sacred Arts Catalog 2016-2017


Master's of Sacred Arts Curriculum 

-  Scripture: The Old Testament in Words and Images

-  Scripture: The New Testament in Words and Images 

-  The Bible and the Liturgy

-  A Survey of the Philosophy of Beauty, Truth and Goodness, from the Ancient Greeks to the Present Day

-  The Philosophy of Nature

-  A History and Practical Theology of Images

-  Sacred Geometry, Sacred Number, Traditional Harmony and Proportion

-  Introduction to Sacred Music, with a focus on Latin and Gregorian Chant

-  A History of Architectural Design in the West

-  Christian Humanism in Contemporary Cinema

-  The Spiritual History of English

-  Structured Studio Work (selected from)

                         Academic Drawing


                         Painting in the Style of Gothic Illumination



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What makes this program unique?

The Master's of Sacred Arts is different because of its emphasis on beauty as an aspect of all academic disciplines at all levels and stages of study. 

Beauty is not merely an accessible entry point to contemplate the truth. Rather, truth and beauty are intimately and inalienably related. What is most true is also most beautiful, and what is most beautiful is also most true. The great works of Catholic culture and Catholic tradition are not at the periphery in the understanding of the truths of creation and the Faith, they are at its heart.

At Pontifex University the program of study manifests the truth, goodness and beauty of the Faith and of Catholic culture.

.The Master's of Sacred Arts program gives the student an understanding of the theological and philosophical basis for a Christian culture with an emphasis on, but not restricted to, the visual arts.

Based upon the traditional formation given to the great artists of the past, the program includes a description of the spiritual life, technical training, and intellectual formation. 

It also includes an overview of the highlights of Christian culture from various disciplines from the beginning of Christianity to the present day. There is an emphasis on praxis as well as academic study - all students, even those who do not intend to be artists, will take studio courses in drawing, painting and geometry according to their preference.

The Master's of Sacred Arts program will benefit those for whom a formation in beauty and creativity has obvious benefits such as artists, architects and composers, since it was through an examination of how the great artists of the past were trained that this program was developed. Nevertheless, the Master's of Sacred Arts can benefit anyone in any field for there is no field of study or human activity that cannot be enhanced by beauty. As a program of personal enrichment, the Master's of Sacred Arts will deepen faith and love for the Church. Ultimately, the goal of the Master's of Sacred Arts is not simply to form artists, but to draw all people to the Faith and to the worship of God in the sacred liturgy, which is central of the Christian life.

For example, the natural sciences are another approach to analyzing the beauty of creation. This program will help students of the natural sciences to place that scientific analysis back into the context of the whole of creation. Such a contextualization will serve to enhance the sense of awe and wonder at the majestic order discovered by science and will give students a greater enthusiasm for their studies. Additionally, the formation of the Master's of Sacred Arts should provide students with an intuition for developing creative solutions to problems. 

The Master's of Sacred Arts is also an education for educators whose responsibilities include awakening an understanding and appreciation of beauty in their own students.

The principles that this program introduces can be applied in any field or endeavor, and can be adapted to teaching programs for all ages and at all levels - family, parish, homeschooling, high school, college and university..

Specializations and Doctoral Program 

Following the completion of the Master's Degree in Sacred Arts, students will be well prepared to pursue further studies whether in theology, education, or the fine arts. Pontifex University will afford students opportunities to continue their studies towards specialized graduate degrees and perhaps even a Doctoral program. 



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