Masters of Arts in Art Education (MAAE)
The Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) is a 36-credit program that educates innovative artists, designers, curators and educators while contributing to the creation of a culture that values diverse and creative learners.
Our future art educators will be immersed in a theory-rich academic experience, rigorous research training and a hands-on, field-based practicum that reflects current trends and roles that art educators play in diverse professional settings, including community organizations, non-government organizations, museums, galleries, and visitor centres – wherever people welcome the opportunity to learn with, in and through art.
Division: Art History and Contemporary Culture
Degree: Master of Arts
Program: Master of Arts in Art Education
Program Length: 2 years (see Degree Requirements), with part-time options
Campus: Fountain Campus
Admission Deadline: January 15
To help develop a unique philosophy of art education, students are encouraged to consider their own life experiences and connect their art and teaching practices with pedagogical theory, conceptual understanding and critical reflection. Courses model and develop socially responsible, exemplary teaching practices in and across art education contexts.
NSCAD University’s MAAE is an approved program towards increasing teacher certification in Nova Scotia.
During the MAAE program, students specialize in one of three program streams that allow exploration of current methodologies relevant to specific art education practices. By balancing this content knowledge with practical teaching and research strategies, students become capable of effectively communicating their specialized knowledge to others.
APPLIED PEDAGOGY IN ART EDUCATION STREAM:
designed for those seeking advanced training in the teaching of art to specific age groups including children, youth, adults, and the elderly in a variety of contexts such as educational institutions, retirement homes, and youth facilities. This stream focuses on the development of best practices associated with human development and well-being.
designed for those seeking advanced training in the delivery of art education programming in informal educational settings such as art museums, galleries, and other organizations that offer immersive visitor experiences. This stream expands on conventional approaches to public engagement with collections and emphasizes Indigenous and radical curatorial approaches intended to reach diverse groups of visitors.
designed for those seeking advanced training in responsive art education pedagogy that is grounded in the needs and experiences of communities. This stream focuses on outreach, activism, and contextualized learning about art and culture in ways that support equitable access to educational opportunities and collaborative program development.
*Unstreamed: In consultation with the program director, students may select a combination of courses from the above stream areas that support their thesis research.
- Introduce contemporary issues in art education in local, national and international contexts.
- Explore topics that impact their personal educational and teaching experiences.
- Examine and develop a critical understanding of current topics of debate affecting the discipline of art education such as effective ways to teach art in an uncertain world, strategies to address diversity and change in educational and cultural institutions, the impact of economics in the delivery of art education in a variety of sectors, the rapid growth of digital, mobile and virtual technologies and the effect of learning and art-making, and current understandings of artistic development.
- Refine critical thinking, speaking, writing and listening skills through in-depth analysis of leading issues in art education.
- Advance appreciation of the role of socio-cultural values and ethical assumptions in art education debates, policy, professional practice and the structures of educational institutions, cultural institutions and community organizations.
- Provide a setting where students from diverse backgrounds and areas of interest may develop heightened sensitivity and multiple perspectives concerning the complex nature of art education.
What Our Master of Arts in Art Education Students Can Expect
- The 36 credits of the MAAE include: 12 credits of core requirements focusing on contemporary issues, research methods, and studio or pedagogical inquiry; 6 credits of stream electives; 6 credits of practicum; and 12 credits of thesis preparation and development.
- Practicum experiences (virtually or in-person) may be located at a museum, community organization, arts education organization, non-profit or another site directly related to the individual student’s academic, research and career goals. This rich programming challenges the graduate student’s idea of art education and how they fit into it.
- Students choose from four types of theses: scholarly thesis (conventional monograph), research-creation thesis (significant, unified body of work with supporting written component that extends existing studio practice), teaching-based thesis (in-depth teaching project with supporting written component), or curatorial-based thesis (in-depth curatorial project with supporting written component).
- In addition to entrance scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants, students are strongly encouraged to apply to the following external funding opportunities: Canada Graduate Scholarship–SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR (Canadian citizens and permanent residents); Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (open to international students); and Scotia Scholars Award (open to international students).
Through comprehensive research and thesis components, this program will play an essential role in revitalizing scholarship in the area of art education. In turn, the information produced through graduate research and practice will help to inform regional arts teaching strategies (including development informed, community outreach, museum), professional development, and the activities of cultural and public institutions.
Issues in Art Education
This course provides a survey of contemporary writings, movements, rationales and art-making within the field of art education. Outside pressures and influences upon the field (i.e., social, economic, political, academic) will be examined. Current topics, methods of research and art production practices will provide a base from which to speculate about the future directions and impact of the profession for art and education, as well as for other contexts of learning.
Pedagogy Development in Art Education
Pedagogy Development in Art Education: History, Theory and Practice: This course is concerned with the theory, development and evaluation of art pedagogy. It investigates methods for aligning pedagogical frameworks and content to regional guidelines, assessment practices, strategies for arts integration and the development of culturally relevant pedagogy. Pedagogical models are interpreted, designed and critically analyzed for application to the diverse needs and abilities of learners. Students will develop a personal teaching philosophy, create pedagogy rationale, and address the connection between art and 21st-century competencies.
Research Methods in Art Education
An examination of the nature and methods of systematic inquiry and its application to the questions of art education. Attention will be given to clarifying differences in assumptions, procedures, evidence, documentation, and reporting appropriate for various methods, problems, and contexts. Particular emphasis will focus on the appropriateness of these to the problems of art education.
Contemporary Issues in Art Education
This course provides a survey of contemporary writings, movements, rationales and art-making within the field of art education. Outside pressures and influences upon the field (i.e. social, economic, political, academic) will be examined. Current topics, methods of research and art production practices will provide a base from which to speculate about the future directions and impact of the profession for art and education, as well as for other contexts of learning.
Applicants to the Master of Art in Art Education should possess either a bachelor’s degree in fine or media arts, art education, design or equivalent. Those without these credentials or those granted by the NSCAD Visual Art Certificate for Teachers, in consultation with the MA program director, must complete additional undergraduate courses. Find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org