Art Education - Visual Arts
Fall admission only
The Department offers programs of professional training and development in art teaching. Art education aims to develop the student as artist, art teacher and art education researcher. The process centres on understanding and empowerment through making and responding to art which reflects the socio cultural and historical context in which we live. Employment prospects in public-school teaching should continue to be very good over the next several years, as Quebec and several other Canadian provinces continue to experience a shortage of certified teachers in most subject areas.
Specialization in Art Education — Visual Arts — 120 credits
A four year program (or five years for students in the Mature Entry Program or Extended Credit Program) leading to teacher certification as an elementary- and secondary-school art specialist, the specialization conforms to the Quebec Ministry of Education requirements for an extended teaching practicum and preparation in visual arts, and is designed for students interested in a career as an art teacher at the elementary or secondary level in public or private schools.
Students are initially admitted to the Major in Art Education, and may apply to transfer to the specialization upon successful completion of 60 credits in the Major in Art Education. Transfer requests are assessed based on an evaluation of the applicant’s suitability for school based teaching (grades, a letter of intent, two letters of reference, a 70 hour internship and an interview). The Department normally requires a B average or better from students wishing to transfer to the specialization.
To be recommended to the Quebec Teachers Certification Service for a Quebec permanent teaching diploma, students must satisfy the English language proficiency requirements of the program.
Major in Art Education — Visual Arts — 66 credits
Designed for students who plan to teach the visual arts in a non-school or alternative teaching situation. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of the field of art education and in their final year focus on their professional practice and performance as community art educators in settings such as community centres, adult education programs, recreation programs and museums.
Minor in Art Education — Visual Arts — 24 credits
Designed to give students familiarity and ability with the basics of the theory and practice of community art education, it may be particularly useful to visual artists who anticipate that some project-based teaching work will supplement their studio practice.
Sample courses include:
Multi disciplinary approaches to art and teaching, Practicum: observation and analysis of children’s learning*, Art education for adolescents and adults*, Art education in the secondary school**, Community art education: theory and practice, Professional practice for art educators
* Major and specialization only
** Specialization only
In addition to the general admission requirements, this program have extra program-specific requirements. These additional requirements must be arranged with the departments to which you are applying.
Art Education—Visual Arts (BFA - Specialization/Major/Minor) requirements: Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
Undergraduate admissions guidelines: For information on international admission, required documents, proof of language proficiency, the university admissions timetable, selection and notification process.