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Vivek Venkatesh - Photo by Maya Detière-Venkatesh

Our home is the Faculty of Fine Arts, which is recognized as one of the best in the world. We are home to one of the only BFA Community-based Art Education degree programs in Canada. Additionally, our BFA Specialization, which leads to teacher certification in Quebec and transfers across Canada is unique.

Our MA in Art Education offers two professional pathways. In the thesis option, you can pursue a scholarly thesis, a studio arts-based thesis, or a teaching-based thesis. The courses option is designed to enhance your professional standing. Each option can serve as the foundation for pursuing a doctorate in art education.


Our Ph.D. in Art Education is world class. ARTE PhD graduates are teaching all over the world in prestigious universities. We are the only doctoral program with multiple award-winning students of the prestigious Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award. Our students bring a wide array of experience and expertise and provide a stimulating and supportive peer group.

Art Education faculty are accomplished leaders in the field. We count among us an author of multiple books and international expert in arts-based research; a Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogy and Member of the Royal Society of Canada ;  an expert in black studies in art education, art history and social justice; an expert in art museum education; a National Art Education Association Distinguished Fellow and expert of the artistic development of artists; a researcher of performance art and theory, an expert on mobile and social media learning and winner of the Higher Education Art Educator award from the National Art Education ; an expert on the creative cultural practices and the author of how to write a graduate thesis and the UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism.  The diversity of faculty expertise makes it easy to find a graduate supervisor who can support you. Their credentials have been recognized through numerous teaching and research awards, research grants, and distinctions.

Our part-time faculty are equally outstanding: an experienced community-based art educator, an award-winning elementary art teacher and writer, and an accomplished researcher of indigenous art education. We also host many studio-based part-time faculty who enrich the education of our undergraduate BFA Major and Specialization students.

We look forward to welcoming you and collaborating with you to achieve your academic and professional goals as art educators of the future.

Vivek Venkatesh, PhD

Chair, Art Education

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