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Program Name: Master of Arts in Art Education
Degree: Master of Arts
Division: Art History and Contemporary Culture
Program Description

The Master of Arts in Art Education is a new degree program at NSCAD University. Its first cohort will be accepted for Fall (September) 2019. NSCAD will be the only place east of Quebec where museum and curatorial studies are explored at the graduate level.

The Master of Arts in Art Education offers rigorous research training and hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in a variety of art education sectors. Students choose from three program streams that allow exploration within a vibrant research community focusing on current methodologies relevant to art education practices in culture and society. The three program streams are:

Developmental Modalities
Museum and Curatorial
Community-Based Practice

Developmental Modality Stream: designed for those seeking advanced training in the teaching of art to specific age groups including children, youth, adults, and the elderly in a variety of contexts such as educational institutions, retirement homes, and youth facilities. This stream focuses on the development of best practices associated with human development and well-being.  

Museum and Curatorial Stream: designed for those seeking advanced training in the delivery of art education programming in informal educational settings such as art museums, galleries, and other organizations that offer immersive visitor experiences. This stream expands on conventional approaches to public engagement with collections and emphasizes Indigenous and radical curatorial approaches intended to reach diverse groups of visitors.

Community-Based Practice: designed for those seeking advanced training in responsive art education pedagogy that is grounded in the needs and experiences of communities. This stream focuses on outreach, activism, and contextualized learning about art and culture in ways that support equitable access to educational opportunities and collaborative program development. 

To help develop a unique philosophy of teaching in art, students are encouraged to consider their own life experiences and connect their art and teaching practices with pedagogical theory, conceptual understanding and critical reflection. Courses model and develop socially responsible, exemplary teaching practices in and across art education contexts. The program will educate innovative artists, designers, curators, and educators while contributing to the creation of a culture that values diverse and creative learners. Students in the MAED program participate in practicum experiences during their course of study, which may be located at a museum, community organization, arts education organization, nonprofit, or other site directly related to the individual student’s academic, research and career goals. This rich programming will challenge the graduate student’s idea of art education and how they fit into it.

Program Requirements:

36 credits of course work are required in the program:

  • Core Courses (MAED 6200/6600/6210, 3-12 credits): MAED students from all streams provide cohesion in the introductory year of study. However, these core courses are not prerequisites and may be taken at any point in the program allowing necessary flexibility for part-time students.
  • Pedagogy Seminar (MFAR 6100, 3 credits) OR Art Education Studio Practice (MAED 6400, 3 credits): MAED students may enroll at any point in the program allowing fleixbility for part-time students.
  • Streamed Courses (Two 3-credit courses): Although distinct, the content of the course programming aims to support the inter-relatedness of the 3 streams to better reflect contemporary practice and research.
  • Developmental Modalities Stream: two of: MAED 6330/6630/6410, 3 credits each
  • Museum & Curatorial Stream (MAED 6350, 3 credits, and one of either MAED 6610/6650/6690/6410, 3 credits)
  • Community Based Practice Stream: two of either MAED 6370/6670/6410, 3 credits each
  • Other Requirements 

          Practica (MAED 6500, 6 credits)
          Thesis Proposal & Preperation (MAED 6700, 3 credits)
         Thesis (MAED 6800, 9 credits)

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce MAED students to contemporary issues in Art Education in local, national and international contexts.
  • MAED students will explore topics that impact their personal educational and teaching experiences.
  • MAED students will examine and develop a critical understanding of current topics of debate affecting the discipline  of Art Education such as effective ways to teach art in an uncertain world, strategies to address the incflux of immigrants and ESL sudents in educational and cultural institutions, the impact of economics in the delivery of ART Education in a variety of sectors, the rapid growth of digital, mobile and virtual technologies and the effect of learning and art-making, current understandings of artistic development, and methonds for engaging difficult knowledges.
  • To help MAED students refine their critical thinking, speaking, writing, and listening skills through in-depth analysis of leading issues in Art Education.
  • To further MAED students appreciation for the role of socio-cultural values and ethical assumptions in Art Education debates, policy, professional practice, and the make-up of educational institutions, cultural institutions and community organization.
  • To provide a setting where MAED students from diverse backgrounds and areas of interest may develop heightened sensitivity and multiple perspectices concerning the complex nature of Art Education.

During their first semester, all MA students select a Program Advisor from among full-time and prorated faculty members in any Division. MA Program Advisors are full-time or prorated faculty members of NSCAD University and must be in residence at NSCAD during the residency of any MAED student for whom they are acting as a Program Advisor. The Program Advisor remains with the student throughout the duration of the program and performs the following tasks on behalf of the student:

  • Advises the student on course selection in respect to degree requirements and the student’s particular interests
  • Helps the student prepare for all Reviews, including selecting members for their Thesis Committee
  • Acts as Chair of the Thesis Committee
  • Summarizes and distributes commentary from the Reviews
  • Reviews drafts of the Thesis Statement
  • Oversees required revisions to the Thesis Statement
  • Reports to the MA Director on the student’s eligibility to graduate

Admission from University or College: Applicants to the Master of Arts in Art Education must have or expect to have prior to program start: - Bachelor's Degree in Fine or Media Arts, Art Education, Design, or equivalent. Applicants without these credentials or those with credentials granted by the NSCAD Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, must complete a minimum of 12 credits in EDAR or studio-based undergraduate courses. (Specific course work will be determined in consultation with the MA Program Director. This study will be undertaken at the applicant's own expense, and does not guarantee admission to the Program. A minimum grade of B must be earned.)