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Arts Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees signify the acquisition of advanced knowledge in a field of specialization and advanced competence in conducting significant and original education research. This program is for those interested in becoming scholars and leaders in arts education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses, a comprehensive examination and a thesis for a minimum of 41 untis.

Students must complete

EDUC 943 - Arts-Based Inquiry in Educational Research (5)

This doctoral seminar will explore modes of inquiry through the arts that are important for education. Participants will be introduced to, and learn to practice, various arts-based methods including narrative, performative, poetic, autobiographical and living inquiry.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G002 Lynn Fels
Mo 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
EDB 7610, Burnaby
EDUC 944 - Aesthetic Ways of Knowing and Education (5)

This course explores, critically, the historical and emergent role and responsibility of the arts in human development, learning and personal transformation. Aesthetic ways of knowing with a focus on metaphor, imagination and archetype are examined together with various Indigenous and cultural perspectives. The course will consider how differing conceptions of arts and the work of artists can influence and have value for education and society, and in particular for arts education and educational researchers.

EDUC 945 - Doctoral Seminar in Arts Education (5)

The course provides a broad theoretical overview of problems and ideas associated with the nature and provision of arts education in the schools.


EDUC 901A - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory A (3)

The historical roots of educational thought are examined from a broad cultural perspective. Major works in disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology which have had significant impact on educational theorizing will be studied. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between theory and educational practice. Corequisite: EDUC 901B.

EDUC 901B - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 901 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 901A.


EDUC 902A - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory A (3)

Contemporary educational theories and theories from supporting disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy) will be examined and analysed. The relationships among contemporary theories, current practice and educational change will be focal. Corequisite: EDUC 902B.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Ann Chinnery
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
EDUC 902B - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 902 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 902A.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Wanda Cassidy
Th 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby

and a comprehensive examination

EDUC 983 - Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (5)

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

and a thesis

EDUC 899 - Doctoral Thesis (15)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

The comprehensive examination is normally completed in the term in which course requirements are completed, or the term immediately following. A major part of this program is original research. A thesis describing this is submitted and defended. Normally, before the fourth course, a thesis research plan is presented to the supervisory committee.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within 18 terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.