Our Arts Education programs offer students opportunities to explore creativity and meaning-making through the arts, through investigation of arts practices, pedagogy and ways of being in inquiry. Students will engage in arts explorations and scholarship in a community of artists, creatives, and arts educators.
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 explores the relationship between arts theory, inquiry, learning, and practice and its application in our lives, community, and in a variety of educational settings. Our goal is learning and teaching across a range of arts disciplines, creating a language of advocacy for the arts. This program is suitable for those working in schools and other educational, arts-based contexts.
The Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Education involves the completion and examination of an academic thesis. Students may apply to the MA after completing four required courses, the submission of a research proposal, and with approval of the arts faculty team. Applicants to the MA are highly advised to complete all six courses required for the M.Ed. The MA allows for further research in an individual’s area of interest and is a suitable foundation for doctoral study.
The MEd and MA in Arts Education does not result in a certified teaching credential in Canada. Learn more about our teacher education programs here.
How to Transfer from MEd to MA Degree?
The Arts Education (PhD) program explores the relationship between arts theory, inquiry, and practice in a variety of social and education settings. Central to our program, is a commitment to the theoretical, historical and philosophical foundations of arts in society and in community. Attention is given to diverse forms of research through the arts: Arts-based methodologies including embodied inquiry, performative inquiry, poetic inquiry, a/r/tography, research-based theatre. We celebrate individual artistic journeys and arts practices enacted throughout the degree. A variety of perspectives and ways of being in the world are welcomed (e.g. arts for social change, Indigenous, ecological, phenomenological). Doctoral students come from a variety of artistic backgrounds: dancers, artists, media artists, musicians, theatre artists, writers, curators and creatives, who work in a variety of contexts, such as post-secondary, K-12, cultural and arts institutions, consultants, and the film, theatre, music, and visual arts communities.
The program is firmly grounded in the interstices between one’s scholarship, artistic practice and pedagogy. Students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary knowledge across the arts, while allowing for specialization in a particular arts area. The non-departmental structure of this faculty is conducive for students to take advantage of a wide variety of faculty expertise and courses to complement the core courses required.
This program has a biennial intake.
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Arts Education (PhD)
Sheinagh Anderson PhD alumnus, artist, researcher, teacher, mentor, and designer of Contemplative Artist Praxis as...
Shannon Leddy PhD alumnus, mother, writer, artist and former Vancouver Arts and Social Studies teacher.
Julia Lane PhD alumnus, studied clowns and clowning (as ‘researcher’ and ‘performer’).