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Art Education (PhD)

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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

The PhD in Art Education, the only one of its kind in Canada, is designed to offer students advanced study and research training in the teaching of visual arts. The art educator is both teacher and artist. Students develop their own research direction in collaboration with the research and teaching expertise of the graduate faculty. Program course work emphasizes the development of critical abilities and research practices so that graduates may become leading contributors to the field of art education.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified applicants entering the program with a master’s degree are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

For course descriptions, please see the Art Education Courses page.

Art Education PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

ARTE 870 Critical Perspectives on Art Education: History, Theory and Practice (3.00)
ARTE 872 Advanced Critical Analysis (3.00)
ARTE 882 Research Practice (3.00)
ARTE 884 Doctoral Seminar (3.00)

15credits from course work and independent study in art education and/or relevant disciplines, to complement their research and professional interests. These courses must be approved by the student's program advisor and the graduate program director.


ARTE 883 Comprehensive Examination (0.00)
ARTE 890 Research and Thesis (63.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • MA in Art Education with superior standing from a recognized university.
  • Candidate possessing an MFA must also complete the art education readings and research methods courses of the MA in Art Education.
  • Teaching experience, certification or related professional experience.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


January 15





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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