The Department of Art Education offers two teacher preparation programs that emphasize the student's development as artist, researcher, and professional. Students are expected to develop an artistic and teaching practice that connects conceptual understanding, critical reflection, and practical experience.
A four-year program (or five years for students in the extended credit program) leading to teacher certification as an elementary and secondary school art specialist. The program conforms to the Quebec Minstry of Education (MELS) requirements for an extended teaching practicum and preparation in visual arts. The number of practicum hours is determined by the MELS and may be subject to change.
Designed for students who plan to teach the visual arts in a nonschool or alternative teaching situation. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of the field of art education and in their final year focus on their professional practice and performance as community art educators in settings such as community centres, adult education programs, recreation programs and museums. Graduates have gone on to a wide range of professional positions, such as:
Designed to give students familiarity and ability with the basics of the theory and practice of community arts education, and may be particularly useful to visual artists who anticipate that some project-based teaching work will supplement their studio practice.
For a list of required courses, please download the Program Guide according to your year of entry and refer to the BFA Plan of Study for the suggested course sequence and the Undergraduate Calendar for course descriptions. Schedules for courses are available on the class schedules website.
A portfolio, letter of intent and photocopies of recent transcripts are required for admission to the Major or Minor and must be sent directly to the Department of Art Education. See admission requirements for guidelines. Applicants must apply online before submitting a portfolio. Get constructive feedback on your artwork before applying by attending our Portfolio Day.
Students are initially admitted to the Major in Art Education, and may apply to transfer to the Specialization upon successful completion of 60 credits in the Major in Art Education. Transfer requests are assessed based on an evaluation of the applicant's suitability for school-based teaching (grades, a letter of intent, two letters of reference, a 70-hour internship and an interview). The Department normally requires a B- average or better from students wishing to transfer to the Specialization.