Arts Education MA, MEd


Normally, students enter the program through the MEd degree route and may move to the MA program after completing four courses, with faculty approval.

MEd students complete 30 units as listed below and as scheduled. The comprehensive examination is required for MEd students.

Once MEd students are accepted to the MA program a minimum of 25 units of course work must be completed as listed below, as scheduled. Additional courses may be completed, dependent on student interests. Other courses may be required depending on thesis subject. A thesis is required for MA students.

Program Format

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings. Classes tend to be held on our Burnaby campus.

  • Start Term: Fall 2023 (September)
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2022
  • Applications Close: December 1, 2022
  • Tuition 2022/23*: $2,025.60/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.



MEd students complete these six courses and MA students complete five of:

EDUC 843-5
Embodiment and Curriculum Inquiry

Embodiment and Curriculum Inquiry

EDUC 843

The scholarship on embodiment and its implications for the body as a site for knowledge and its relationship to contemporary curriculum inquiry will be studied with specific emphasis on the area of performative and narrative inquiry and arts education. Central to this course will be the investigation of embodiment from both a philosophical perspective and a literary/poetic perspective. Equivalent Courses: EDUC712

EDUC 848-5
Ideas and Issues in Aesthetic Education

Ideas and Issues in Aesthetic Education

EDUC 848

This course relates critical ideas in aesthetics to questions concerning the nature, purpose, and provision of the arts (visual art, music, drama, dance, literature) in education.

EDUC 849-5
Artists, Society and Arts Education

Artists, Society and Arts Education

EDUC 849

A major survey of the educational theories and practices of musicians and artists generally from medieval times to the present. The special focus will be on modern responses of musicians and artists to modern demands for mass arts education. Material will be drawn from Europe, North America, Asia, and other parts of the world where mass arts education provision occurs.

EDUC 852-5
Inquiry, Creativity and Community: Drama in Education

Inquiry, Creativity and Community: Drama in Education

EDUC 852

This course involves an exploration of basic issues and questions which underlie the nature and provision of drama education in the schools. It includes a critical examination of the claims made in the theoretical literature regarding the nature and aims of drama education and an exploration of the implications for drama education curriculum and pedagogy. Equivalent Courses: EDUC721

EDUC 868-5
Curriculum Theory and Art Education

Curriculum Theory and Art Education

EDUC 868

The course examines and relates conceptions of creativity and response in the visual arts to the fundamental questions of curriculum theory.

EDUC 869-5
Music Education as Thinking in Sound

Music Education as Thinking in Sound

EDUC 869

This course presents the theory and practice of music education based on theories of auditory perception, musical theory, and various cross-cultural perspectives on musical behavior.

MEd students also complete:

EDUC 883-5
MEd Comprehensive Exam

MEd Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 883

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

MA students also complete:

EDUC 898-10
MA Masters Thesis

Transfer from MEd to MA Degree

Students wishing to transfer from the MEd to the MA degree may apply after four core courses are completed (students must complete five core courses in total for the MA plus a Master’s Thesis). In order to be accepted into the MA program students must demonstrate a strong writing ability, a clear research plan, and committed advisement from a senior supervisor.

Students should follow the procedure outlined below: 

1. Students will have completed four core courses before applying to transfer from the MEd to the MA.  At this point they must consult a prospective advisor for the thesis. If this faculty member is other than the pro-tem advisor, the pro-tem advisor is to be informed.

2. In consultation with the prospective thesis advisor, the student will then prepare a written thesis proposal. This will be a minimum of ten pages in length, and will include a) research question(s), b) context for the research, c) objectives, d) methodology, e) contribution to the advancement of knowledge and/or educational practice, f) student's special interest in the proposed area of research.

These questions can help to guide your research proposal preparation:

  1. What is your question/inquiry? (i.e., paragraph overview of your question or inquiry focus)
  2. What brings you to it? (a brief statement regarding what brings you to the question, i.e., what is the spark for this interest/why is this topic of importance/significance to you)
  3. How are proposing to approach this inquiry (i.e., what are your methods, and what methodology might be the overarching thread for these methods; what ethical or other requirements or implications do you need to bear in mind in conducting this research?)
  4. Who are the key thinkers you are drawing on, what are the key concepts, theories, ideas embedded in this area of inquiry?
  5. What educational significance do you feel this inquiry has or might have (and by 'educational', that might be everything from specific pedagogical or curricular or policy implications, or a broader philosophical and/or sociological significance).

3. The thesis proposal must be approved by your prospective supervisor before it is submitted to Graduate Programs office together with 1) Faculty of Education Change Degree, Program or Specialization Application form, 2) approval of supervisory committee form, and 3) required documentation as follows:

  • A letter/email from the faculty member who agrees to serve as the Senior Supervisor indicating that he or she has approved the thesis proposal
  • A thesis proposal (minimum ten pages as outlined above)
  • An annotated bibliography for the proposed thesis (minimum of 20 references to include current journal articles, books/chapters, and relevant online resources, etc.)
  • A copy of a written assignment undertaken for the MEd

If any of the above conditions are not met, the change of degree route will not be approved.

Your senior supervisor may recommend other course(s) for you to take related to your masters thesis research.

MA MEd MSc EDUC Course Offerings Summer 2021 - Summer 2022 (revised April 2021)

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