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Art Education

What can I do with my Art Education degree?

About the program

Art educators help students of all ages appreciate and create visual art in classrooms and community centres. Concordia’s Art Education program’s holistic approach will provide students with solid training in artistic and teaching practices. As a student in this program, you’ll choose from a comprehensive list of artistic disciplines to foster your talent and you’ll have internships in community art programs and schools. Our media labs and production studios give you the tools to realize your vision. You’ll be well equipped to do everything from planning high school classes to developing community art programs, even developing effective and educational visits to fine arts museums. For the latest information on programs, visit the Department of Art Education.

Skills developed

As a student in Art Education, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Artistic expression
  • Creativity
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Curiosity
  • Curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Desire to keep up with current trends in the field
  • Enthusiasm
  • Flexibility
  • Learning strategies
  • Rapport with students
  • Research skills
  • Sales ability
  • Sensitivity and warmth
  • Stress management
  • Teaching abilities

  • Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding effectively
  • Read critically and write persuasively
  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write technical reports and essays
  • Facilitation and animation skills
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships
  • Leadership and motivational skills
  • Promote student engagement through active learning
  • Speak publically
  • Openness and Flexibility

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement
  • Manage classrooms, establish rules and set expectations

  • Delegate
  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Analyze and evaluate information to make a good judgement or conclusion
  • Develop observational and evaluative skills to assess student learning
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Adult education centers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Alternative schools
  • Art centres
  • Art galleries
  • Art publications
  • Art schools
  • Arts and crafts retailers
  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Colleges / CEGEPs and universities
  • Community colleges
  • Design firms
  • Discovery centers 
  • Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
  • Group homes
  • Historical societies
  • Human resources departments
  • International schools
  • Libraries
  • Media
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Social and community centres
  • Public schools
  • Recreation centers  
  • Summer camps
  • Teacher organizations  

What jobs can an Art Education bachelor degree lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Art Museum and Gallery Educator
  • Art Teacher (elementary, high school, private school, international school, adult education)
  • Art Program Advisor
  • Private Art Instructor
  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Undergraduate Program Assistant
  • Workshop Instructor

  • Activity Specialist
  • Art Program Coordinator / Planner / Facilitator (women’s shelters, at-risk youth, senior residence, long-term facilities)
  • Client Care Representative
  • Community Organizer
  • Cultural Analyst
  • Program Director
  • Program Planner
  • Social and Community Service Worker
  • Therapeutic Recreation Assistant

  • Art Critic
  • Art Publishing Consultant
  • Text Book Writer
  • Writer / Editor

Job and career possibilities with a master's or PhD in Art Education

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Art Dealer
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Art Program Director
  • Art School Manager
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Gallery Owner
  • Librarian
  • Museum Manager
  • Painter
  • Photography Teacher
  • Researcher
  • University Professor, College / CEGEP teacher

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

Field of study – Government of Canada Job Bank : Find out about employment rates, wages and the types of jobs related to a specific field of study.

Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

Here are a few recommended sites:

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 3921 / 7345
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Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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