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Art Education PhD

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission is a Master of Arts degree in art education, with superior standing, from a recognized university. A candidate possessing a Master of Fine Arts degree must also complete the art education readings and research methods courses of the Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Art Education. Applicants must have teaching experience, certification, or related professional experience. This program is recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education for purposes of perfectionnement.

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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. A fully qualified applicant entering the program with a master’s degree is required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

  2. Program Advisors and Thesis Supervisors. Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned to a graduate faculty member, who serves as Program Advisor until the student passes the Comprehensive Examination. After completing the Comprehensive Exam, the student selects a Thesis Supervisor from the available Graduate Program Faculty.

  3. Required Courses. The program includes 27 credits of course work. Twelve credits in required courses, ARTE 870, 872, 882, and 884, focus on historical, theoretical and methodological aspects of teaching and research in art education. Students select a further 15 credits of 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.

  4. ARTE 883 Comprehensive Examination (no credit). Upon completion of a minimum of 21 course credits, each student must pass a comprehensive examination composed of written and oral components. The examination assesses the student’s competence in the field of Art Education. The student must pass this exam in order to continue in the program. A Student Guide to the Comprehensive Examination gives detailed information on the exam and is available from the department’s graduate programs office. Generally, one examination time is established each year, usually at the end of the winter term.

  5. Research and Thesis. The program includes 63 credits for research and the thesis. A doctoral thesis is expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of art education, and to be written in acceptable scholarly form. For details on thesis procedures and format, see the relevant sections of this calendar and the Thesis Preparation Guide available from the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, Art Education Procedures for Doctoral Theses is available in the department’s graduate programs office.

  6. Admission to Candidacy. Upon approval of the thesis proposal by the Thesis Advisory Committee, the student is officially admitted to candidacy for the degree.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement for the degree is two years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. One of these residence years may be taken on a part-time basis. The year of full-time study may be the year of writing a dissertation.

  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.

  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.


Elective course offerings change from year to year in light of the interests of students and faculty. In any session only those courses will be given for which there is sufficient demand.

ARTE 806 Inquiry Through Art Production (3 credits)
In this course students identify the content and the processes essential to their on-going studio performance. Students are expected to develop parallel inquiry into exhibitions, installations, performances, documentations, notation systems and related readings. Evaluation is based on workshop and seminar participation, studio performance and class presentations. Computer access and shared studio space are available. This course may be repeated as ARTE 807.

ARTE 850 Selected Topics in Art Education (3 credits)
A seminar course offering students the opportunity to study various aspects of art education. Specific topics vary from year to year to take advantage of the special expertise of the faculty.

ARTE 867 Directed Studies in Art Education I (3 credits)
Independent study in the area of concentration.

ARTE 868 Directed Studies in Art Education II (3 credits)
Independent study in the area of concentration.

ARTE 870 Critical Perspectives on Art Education: History, Theory and Practice (3 credits)
A seminar course in which students develop critical reading and writing skills while adding to their understanding of developments past and present that have shaped the field of art education.

ARTE 872 Advanced Critical Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ARTE 870.
A seminar course in which students develop advanced skills in critical analysis, academic writing and library research. Assignments include compiling and writing a review of literature related to thesis research. Students develop questions related to their area of research and professional interest to be used on their PhD comprehensive examination.

ARTE 882 Research Practice (3 credits)
A seminar course in which students conduct a small scale research project based on their own research proposal.

ARTE 883 Comprehensive Examination (no credit)
Each student must successfully complete the doctoral comprehensive examination in order to be admitted to candidacy. The comprehensive examination is composed of written and oral components.

ARTE 884 Doctoral Seminar (3 credits)
This course addresses research and communication, thesis writing, and professional practice.

ARTE 890 Research and Thesis (63 credits)
Includes thesis proposal and its approval by the Thesis Advisory Committee, Research (including any further study that may be required to gain needed expertise), written thesis and oral examination. Students are encouraged to periodically present their research-in-progress to academic and professional audiences.

The following courses are cross-listed at the MA and PhD levels:

ARTE 606
ARTE 660
ARTE 670
ARTE 672
ARTE 682
ARTE 806
ARTE 850
ARTE 870
ARTE 872
ARTE 882
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