Master of Arts in Art Education (MA AE)

The Master of Arts in Art Education is a new degree program at NSCAD University. It accepted its first cohort for the Fall (September) 2019 semester. NSCAD will be the only place east of Quebec where museum and curatorial studies are explored at the graduate level.

The Master of Arts in Art Education offers rigorous research training and hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in a variety of art education sectors. Students choose from three program streams that allow exploration within a vibrant research community focusing on current methodologies relevant to art education practices in culture and society. The three program streams are:

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.

Museum and Curatorial Stream: 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.

Community-Based Practice: 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.

To help develop a unique philosophy of teaching in art, 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. The program will educate innovative artists, designers, curators, and educators while contributing to the creation of a culture that values diverse and creative learners. Students in the MA ED program participate in practicum experiences during their course of study, which may be located at a museum, community organization, arts education organization, nonprofit, or other site directly related to the individual student’s academic, research and career goals. This rich programming will challenge the graduate student’s idea of art education and how they fit into it.


NSCAD University’s MA in Art Education is not an approved program towards increasing teacher certification in Nova Scotia.