Our Arts Education programs provide students with knowledge to help develop creativity, problem solving, multiple modes of communication, self discipline, and critical thinking skills that can be implemented in a variety of traditional and non-traditional educative environments.

Master's Programs

The Arts Education MEd program is a course work only degree culminating in a portfolio/ interview examination. All students enter graduate work in Arts Education through the MEd route.

The Master of Education (MEd) in Arts Education develops critical knowledge of arts theory and practice related to education, program development, and learning and teaching across a range of arts disciplines.  This program is suitable for those working in schools and other educational, arts-based contexts.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Education requires fewer courses than the MEd, but involves the completion and examination of an academic thesis. Students may be admitted to the MA after completing four courses and with approval of the arts faculty team. The MA prepares students for work in various arts educational contexts and is a suitable foundation for doctoral study.


Doctoral Programs

Graduates of our Arts Education PhD program work in arts education in universities or colleges, on public and private school boards, in the provincial government, and within the broader community. The program is firmly grounded in critical arts studies and educational theory affecting arts education; is interdisciplinary across the arts, while allowing for specialization in a particular arts area; and ensures a link between arts students and other doctoral students. The non-departmental structure of this faculty makes it relatively easy for students to take advantage of a wide variety of faculty expertise, and for students to develop a view of arts education which encompasses the curriculum as a whole. This program has a  biennial intake.

Our Educational Doctorate in Transformational Change (EdD) provides dynamic opportunities for understanding the world of teaching and learning in a variety of settings from classroom to boardroom.  This program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs to create transformational change at the personal, social, and organizational levels. This program is an experiential/multidisciplinary opportunity that has at its core a desire to examine the complex world of learning. Curriculum and pedagogy are seen as being structured like a web of constantly evolving theories and practices. Tomorrow’s educational leaders will require the skills and knowledge encompassing an understanding of how philosophical, socio-cultural, multicultural, technological and political influences impact schools, ministries and leading edge organizations in education, health and industry.

Meet Arts Education Graduate Students, Alumni and Faculty:


  • Sheinagh Anderson Artist, researcher, teacher, mentor, and designer of Contemplative Artist Praxis as Sādhanā


  • Dr. Julia Lane Studied clowns and clowning (as ‘researcher’ and ‘performer’).

  • Bonnie Nish MA alumna and PhD student at European Graduate School, Switzerland

  • Thea Rutherford Writer, teacher, former journalist and MA alumna

Arts Education Faculty

Academic Coordinator: Arts Education MA, MEd and Arts Education PhD

Research Projects

Learning Through Encounters with Technology (Fels)

Performer-Technology and Autism (Fels)

Leo Adams: A Case Study Documentary Film (Mamchur)

Profiles, an example of Arkhelogy (Mamchur)

Transformative Change (Mamchur, Kaufman)

Youth Music Engagement (O'Neill, Senyshyn)

Youth Participation in Music (O'Neill, Senyshyn)

Indigenous Education in Fort Ware (Kelly)

Aboriginal Educator Dialogues on Pathways of Indigenous Learning (Kelly)

“Learning Through The Arts”. The Royal Conservatory of Music: Five Year Study of LTTA Review. (Kelly)

Creating Authentic Characters (Mamchur)

Creative Process (Mamchur)

Process of Visual Artists: A Tri-angular study (Mamchur)

Understanding and promoting artistic learning and youth arts engagement in a digital age (O'Neill, Senyshyn)

Internal Research Grant for Institutional Research on Graduates (Richmond)

Technology-based Creativity in Performance Related Education (Richmond)

Anxiety and Theories of the Self in Live Musical Performance (Senyshyn)

Anxiety and Understanding Cultural Diversity (Senyshyn)

Reclaiming Armenian Identity through the Arts (Snowber)

Bodily Mindfulness and Educative Practice (Snowber)