Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
Arts Education and Community Engagement is a two-semester 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 engagement 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 modelling 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.
- Learn to plan and implement arts education and community arts programming that responds to the needs of a group of learners or community members, 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.
- 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
|Course Code||Course Title|
|AECE-700||Community Arts Practicum 1|
|AECE-701||Foundations of Arts Education and Community Engagement|
|AECE-702||Learning and Development|
|AECE-705||Social Justice: Decolonization, Indigenization, and Anti-Oppression|
|AECE-706||Careers in Arts Education and Community Engagement 1|
|AECE-708||Program Development and Facilitation in Schools and Communities|
|AECE-709||Funding and International Policy|
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
Graduates may find additional contract work leading and supporting arts education and community arts/outreach mandates of small, 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).
- Cultural Programmer
- Education Officer
- Community Engagement Officer
- Outreach Officer
- Arts School Coordinator
- Youth Arts Worker
- Artistic Educator
Successful graduates have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Davenport University||Master of Business Administration|
Please visit our Outbound Pathways webpage for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
Our placement partners include:
- Arts Starts Neighbourhood Art Centre
- Story Planet
- Canadian Opera Company
- TO Live
- Harbourfront Centre
- Regent Park Focus
- PRIDE Toronto
- VIBE Arts
- Young Peoples Theatre
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Completion of a diploma or degree in an artistic field
- We will also consider applicants with partial post-secondary education and substantial history of artistic practice (at least 5 years), involving some work in arts education and/or community development.
- English language proficiency
- 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 onsite 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.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
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.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|