Art Education


MEd program (Community-based) is offered as a three-summers cohort program. This is an advanced degree intended for students who wish to expand their competencies in teaching studio-based art activities at the elementary and secondary school levels as well as in post-secondary institutions and community settings.

The program centres on student development to broaden and deepen studio experience, to engage in advanced studies, and to understand the dual roles of artist and teacher. Individual creative exploration is emphasized in all courses.

Applicants must therefore have experience in art education and present a portfolio of personal artwork (See folio requirements below).

PhD degree is a career credential intended for students who wish to develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a research programme focused on teaching studio-based art at the elementary and secondary school levels or in community settings. The program will involve students in advanced studies and can include opportunities for the student to include studio study or research as part of the programme. Together with a supervisor, students will develop an individualized programme of studies designed to culminate in a substantial research contribution to the field. In addition, applicants must have considerable strength in art education and present a folio of personal art work. (See folio requirements below).

Graduate Area Advisors

For more information regarding this program please contact the Graduate Advisors in Art Education.

Dr. Mike Emme
Telephone: 250-721-7896
Fax: 250-721-7598
Office: MacLaurin A196

Contact Information

Fariba Ardestani
Graduate Secretary
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 2Y2
Telephone: 250-721-7882
Fax: 250-721-7598

Admission Requirements

For cohort programs:

Students must meet the normal requirements for admission to Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria:

  • A baccalaureate degree, minimum GPA of "B" (70%, 5.0/9.0) on the last 30 units, and at least two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Two references (assessment reports) from field supervisors.
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume

For other graduate programs click here for admission details.

Program Structure


The program consists of:

  • 10.5 units of course work,
  • 1.5 units Project Proposal and Literature Review,
  • 1.5 units Project Presentation and Dissemination,
  • 1.5 units for oral comprehensive examination and exhibition.

Courses will be offered in three (3) consecutive summers commencing in July. The project may require work beyond the three summers.

Each of the Winter terms requires a course for registration. This course will be offered via distance and will not require that students be on campus.

MEd program (Community-based)

Contact information:

Michael Emme, Ed.D. (British Columbia)
Associate Professor
Telephone: 250-721-7896

Michelle Wiebe, Ed.D. (Montana)
Assistant Teaching Professor
Telephone: 250-721-7894

Applications available from Graduate Admissions and Records

To be placed on the interest list for the next program, contact:

Fariba Ardestani
Graduate Secretary
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Victoria
Telephone: 250-721-7882
Fax: 250-721-7598

The Project

Within the 15-unit program, students will undertake a major study related to school or community art. Innovative and practical topics which will extend the body of materials and/or knowledge in a specific area are expected. Evaluation of the project is the responsibility of the student's Project Supervisor.

Comprehensive Examination

This is held at or near the completion of all other degree requirements and is based on a written teaching "philosophy"?" or creed, a description of studio research, and classroom applications, together with an exhibition of personal art work. Examination questions are related to the project.

Portfolio Submission

  1. Artwork may include traditional fine art media such as sculpture, drawing, printmaking, painting, and photography; or newer media such as computer and video. It may also include applied arts such as weaving, ceramics, stained glass, and so forth.
  2. Ten to twenty examples are usually sufficient to represent your work. A paragraph statement which explains the thrust or focus of the candidate's ideas should be included.
  3. The portfolio should reflect an ongoing exploration of ideas. Work done independently of course assignments is normally a better indicator of the direction and depth of the candidate's studio inquiry.
  4. Include recent work in your submission.
  5. Where it is practical to do so, send original artwork. Slides, or e-mail (JPEG images attached) may be sent in place of original work or, if slides are not available, photographic prints can be submitted. The work should be clearly labelled. Include your name, the date of the work, and the title. With slides, indicate the top, title, dimensions, and medium.
  6. Reviewers will handle artworks with care. Nevertheless, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Slides can be returned to the applicants at University expense, but shipping costs for return of original work would have to be borne by the student. In most cases students elect to collect the work when they arrive to begin the program in July.

Next cohort start date tentitively, and subject to enrolment, Summer 2018.

Course requirements (effective September 1, 2014):

Please contact the department regarding supervisor availability.

  • EDCI 614 Discourses in Educational Studies (1.5)
  • EDCI 681 Advanced Research Design (1.5)
  • EDCI 693 Candidacy Examination (3.0)

Electives (3.0)

  • EDCI 699 PhD Dissertation (30)

Total: 39.0 units