Emphasis in Arts in Education

The Arts in Education Emphasis offers students specialized courses in the areas of music and sound, drama, theatre and performance, media and visual arts, and other courses that manifest social justice concerns reflected through the arts and cultural production. This Emphasis brings together students interested in the arts, elementary and secondary arts specialist teachers, and community-based educators interested in arts education in the broader community. We are a vibrant community of scholars and graduate students that thrive on collegiality, intellectual debate, critical analyses, and creative inquiry.  

How to Participate in the Arts in Education Emphasis

It is not necessary to formally enrol in the Emphasis, nor do you need to declare in advance your intention to pursue the Emphasis. If you are a student in the Curriculum & Pedagogy (C&P) program in CTL you are eligible to have an Emphasis by simply completing three or more courses from the Emphasis course list. Once you successfully pass these courses, contact your program administrator in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and request credit for satisfying the Emphasis requirements. This request must be made prior to graduation. Please note that not all courses are offered each year and that a course can only be used to satisfy the requirements of a single Emphasis.

Students in the Arts in Education Emphasis are expected to take three or more courses.


  • Dr. Kathleen Gallagher
  • Dr. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
  • Dr. Tara Goldstein (appointed VP of New College until 2023)
  • Dr. Hilary Inwood
  • Dr. Roger Mantie
  • Dr. Leslie Stewart Rose
  • Dr. Rob Simon

Arts in Education Courses

Course Name Course Code
Performed Ethnography CTL1062H
Applied Theatre and Performance in Sites of Learning CTL1064H
Critical Approaches to Arts Based Research CTL1099H
Arts in Urban Schools CTL1100H
Play, Drama, and Arts Education CTL1104H
Literacies of Land: Narrative, Storying and Literature CTL1322H
Writing Research - Research Writing: Moving from Idea to Reality CTL1811H
Arts in Education: Concepts, Contexts, and Frameworks CTL1818H
Urban School Research: Youth, Pedagogy, and the Arts  CTL1822H
New Literacies: Making Multiple Meanings CTL3034H
Creativity in the Classroom CTL5013H
Sounds of Change: Issues in Music Education CTL5018H
Walking and Sensory Methodologies  CTL5019H
Desire and Change: Difficult Dialogues in Contemporary Art and Art Education CTL5020H
Critical Literacy: Curriculum & Pedagogy CTL5048H