Master of Arts in World Arts

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The MA in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in community development, health education, justice issues, language and arts preservation, literacy, Scripture engagement and translation, worship expressions, and other areas.

This program will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create.

Depending on prior background and training, as well as the specialization and application courses chosen, graduates will be prepared for careers such as the following:

Arts journalist
Community development worker
Orality consultant
Trauma healing consultant
Arts consultant for:
  • Bible translation projects
  • Schools in cross-cultural contexts
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Multi-ethnic churches
  • Literacy projects
  • Christian mission agencies
General Core Requirements
AA 5339Research Methods for World Arts3
AA 5384Expressive Form Analysis3
AA 5382Applied Arts 3
AA 5387Training Across Cultures3
AA 5386Directed Practicum in World Arts3
 Total General Core Hours15



AA4370 Cultural Anthropology (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for several core courses in the World Arts program. AA4370 is offered every semester at GIAL and online during the summers. Incoming World Arts students will be advised to take this course early in their studies if they do not already have a comparable equivalent.

In addition, as part of the admission process, students are required to demonstrate competency in at least one artistic domain (music, drama, dance, visual arts, etc.).

The MA in World Arts offers students three options for a concentration. Click on the links below for concentration details.




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