Fall 2021 - EDUC 456 D100

Models of Contemporary Arts in Education (4)

Class Number: 5292

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 7506, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including 3 units of EDUC.



Major conceptions of educational value in the contemporary arts, and application of these ideas to the development of visual arts programs in the schools.


Themes, approaches, media and guiding assumptions of contemporary art are examined and investigated throughout the course. Contemporary art involves ways of working that are frequently conceptual, improvisational, exploratory, and interdisciplinary. Contemporary approaches provide a needed challenge to tradition, privilege and interests and are legitimate in themselves as art. But also, learning skills and an appreciation of form constitute a powerful route to understanding. This course critiques and compares modern and postmodern approaches to art with a view to providing a balanced understanding that is of value to education.  Students will become familiar with the work of contemporary visual artists through engagement in art activities, reflective practice, readings and discussion. As well, students will investigate the range, meaning and value of art today, and examine ways in which it can be developed in the school curriculum.


  • Course Portfolio 50%
  • Inquiry Project 30%
  • Participation 20%


There is no final exam for this course.



All readings will be available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.