Arts Education and Community Engagement

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Program Code: 6426

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall 2018

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: thecentre@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

Arts Education and Community Engagement is a two-semester post-graduate certificate program designed to ladder students into careers in arts education and community arts. 

Students will learn how to design arts educational programming that is pedagogically sound and that meets the needs of diverse communities.  Students will apply best practices of community arts work and will be trained to facilitate arts-based social justice initiatives. Students will also learn about a variety of careers in arts education and community development through research, mentorship, and field placements.  Graduates of this program will be equipped to manage a professional career in arts and learning, and to incorporate community-engaged arts work into their existing creative practice. 

By modeling innovative pedagogy, this program teaches students to innovate for themselves. By partnering with leading arts organizations, this program facilitates connections and opportunities within the sector. By emphasizing global citizenship, social justice, and cultural competency, this program helps students locate these concerns at the heart of their creative and educational practice.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
AECE-701 Foundations of the Arts in Communities Story Arts Centre
AECE-702 Learning and Development Story Arts Centre
AECE-703 Facilitation and Communication Story Arts Centre
AECE-704 Program Development Practicum Story Arts Centre
AECE-705 Ethics and Social Justice 1 Story Arts Centre
AECE-706 Careers in Arts Education 1 Story Arts Centre
AECE-707 Self-Directed Learning Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
AECE-721 Applied Community Arts Story Arts Centre
AECE-723 Financial Management in the Arts Story Arts Centre
AECE-724 Field Placement Story Arts Centre
AECE-725 Ethics and Social Justice 2 Story Arts Centre
AECE-726 Careers in Arts Education 2 Story Arts Centre
AECE-727 Arts and Wellness Story Arts Centre
AECE-799 Storyworks Story Arts Centre

Future Alumni

Graduates may find additional contract work leading and supporting arts education and community outreach mandates of mid- to large-sized arts and cultural organizations (i.e., theatre and dance companies, art galleries, cultural organizations).  Graduates will also find both permanent and contract employment in municipal, private, and not-for-profit education (i.e., regional arts programs, community animation projects).  Our graduates will have a competitive advantage leading hands-on initiatives that engage with socio-culturally diverse and/or marginalized communities in the co-creation of targeted programs. 

Graduates will find additional contract work as Workshop Facilitators, Curriculum Consultants, and Guest Artists with diverse public and private organizations (i.e., in the Ontario public school system). 

Program Highlights

  • Learn to plan and implement arts education and community programming that responds to the needs of a group of learners, in multiple settings, and in collaboration with other artists or organizations.
  • Participate in a seven-week field placement where you will directly support the programming of a partnering organization or artist in a supervised community environment.
  • Attend classes close to downtown near the creative, cultural heart of Toronto at our Story Arts Centre campus and in the Performing Arts Commons at Daniels Spectrum.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the other students in photography, film and television, music, art, theatre and dance programs at the Story Arts Centre
  • Unique opportunity to network, learn and work with industry professionals

Career Outlook

  • Director of Programming
  • Education Manager
  • Community Relations Manager
  • Outreach Officer
  • Arts School Coordinator
  • Youth Arts Worker
  • Interpreter/Animator
  • Artistic Director

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a College Diploma or University Degree in a related field, or:
  • Substantial history of artistic practice (at least 5 years), involving some work in arts education and/or community development.

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Program Admission Session that will be helpful in understanding how the program can best meet your needs, and where you will be required to:

  • Complete an on-site questionnaire to assess knowledge of the field and personal goals/outcomes for the program.
  • Submit a portfolio that accurately reflects your artistic practice.

Note: After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to prepare for and book your program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.