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Arts in Education


Units: 6


Arts education is a fundamental human right. Navigating the complex ecosystem of policies and players to foster an environment for this human right to flourish requires a specific set of skills for arts and cultural managers. In this course, students will explore the underpinning philosophical frameworks utilized in the policy, pedagogy, and practice of contemporary arts in education by examining the field’s scholarship, history, and research. Examining the theoretical through the lens of real-life examples, students will grapple with the question: What is my role as an arts manager to create an environment for arts education to thrive serving learners in my community?

Learning Outcomes

Through the combination of multimodal (online, in person / discussion, reading, presentation) learning experiences and cumulative assessment, student will develop the capacities to:

  • Examine the theoretical and historical underpinnings of contemporary arts in education;
  • Explore current themes in policy, pedagogy, and practice of in- and out-of-school arts learning;
  • Interrogate relevant models of program design, evaluation, and funding within their own context;
  • Connect with established practitioners from the field; and 
  • Question contemporary systems, policies, and players to envision the future for arts in education.

Prerequisites Description