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Graduate Certificate in Arts Education and Community Engagement

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 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

Areas of Employment

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).


Visit the Graduate Certificate in Arts Education and Community Engagement page on the Centennial College website for more details!

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