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Master of Arts in Art Education




What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) prepares students for a variety of roles in the art education sector with a theory-rich academic experience, rigorous research training and a hands-on field-based practicum.

Students specialize in one of three program streams that allow exploration of current methodologies relevant to specific art education practices.

Applied Pedagogy in Art Education

Museum and Curatorial

Community-Based Practice

Applied Pedagogy in Art Education: designed for those seeking advanced knowledge in curriculum development and the teaching of art to a range of age groups including children, youth, adults, and older adults in a variety of contexts such as educational institutions, community centres, and youth facilities. This stream focuses on the development of best practices associated with human development and well-being.

Museum and Curatorial: designed for those seeking advanced practice and perspectives in the delivery of art education programming in informal educational settings such as art museums, galleries, heritage sites, 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 learning 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 broad and equitable access to educational opportunities and collaborative program development.

MA in Art Education Students

The program will educate innovative artists, designers, curators, and educators while contributing to the creation of a culture that values diverse and creative learners.

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.

Program Objectives

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 organization.

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.

Which department am I in?

Division of Art History and Contemporary Culture

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected September 2023


NSCAD University

The Fountain Campus,

5163 Duke Street,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3J 3J6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline, or the equivalent qualifications from a four year university or college program. English Language Requirements: TOEFL score of at least 94 with no test less than 22; IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 6.0; CAEL score of at least 69 with no band less than 60; CanTest score of at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0; CAE score of at least A; MELAB score of at least 82 with no band less than 80; IB score of at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL; AP score of at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition.

For international students

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Art Education must have or expect to have prior to program start a Bachelor's Degree in Fine or Media Arts, Art Education, Design, or equivalent. Applicants without the preceding credentials, or those with credentials granted by the NSCAD Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, must complete a minimum of 12 credits in EDAR or studio-based undergraduate courses. Specific course work will be determined in consultation with the MA AE Program Director. This undergraduate study will be undertaken at the applicant's own expense and does not guarantee admission to the Program. A minimum grade of B must be earned.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

TOEFL [code: 3265] - at least 94 with no test less than 22

IELTS - at least 7.0 with no band less than 6.0

CAEL - at least 69 with no band less than 60

CanTest - at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0

CAE - at least A

MELAB - at least 82 with no band less than 80

IB - at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL

AP - at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition

Application deadlines is Jan 15 for September program start.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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