Course Description

 The Additional Qualification course: Visual Arts, Part I is an introductory course. It focuses on the theory and practice underpinning visual arts education. This course explores the teaching of and learning about the concepts, curriculum, program delivery and connections between art theory and the production of art in its cultural contexts. Although this course will be of particular interest to those teachers who may wish to deepen their knowledge of visual arts education, all classroom teachers may wish to consider an integrated approach to cross-curricular teaching.

Course Outline

Topics include:
  • understanding functions of art and visual arts education, both for individuals and for society
  • understanding various theories of perception, cognition, and creativity in teaching and learning in visual arts 
  •  understanding art as an expressive language
  • understanding the role of aesthetics, art criticism, and art history as a context for art objects
  • understanding design concepts
  • applying appropriate grade curriculum expectations while maintaining an awareness of individual patterns of artistic/creative growth, and individual student style
  • knowing how to modify and accommodate the needs of exceptional students
  • selecting appropriate examples of art for classrooms
  • understanding the role art can play in cross-curricular programming
  • enhancing student learning by using appropriate media, tools, and technologies
  • understanding the need for diverse approaches to teaching in visual arts
  • teaching students how to self-evaluate their plans for the production of art
  • using multiple methods of assessment, and a range of assessment strategies
  • learning how to talk about art
  •  enhancing and advancing student learning by using appropriate technology
  • developing and applying age- and subject-appropriate assessment
  • assisting students in recognizing a variety of and alternative interpretations
  • understanding the value of the community as a resource for visual arts (e.g museums, art galleries, local architecture)
  • knowing a sampling of significant works of art in Western and non-Western cultures
  •  knowing the chronology of distinctive styles and movements in art history 




Art Works - J. Markus  ISBN: 9781552393208

Books are available for purchase through the University of Windsor Bookstore. Please visit their website at www.bookstore.uwindsor.ca.


OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.

Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

 If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.



  Hold a “Certificate of Qualification” showing basic qualifications in two divisions, i.e. Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior. Candidates who hold an Interim COQ may have different/additional criteria for registration as required by the Ontario College of Teachers, and as specified on their Interim COQ.

Note: Candidates who hold Technological Education qualifications but do not have any basic qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior divisions are only eligible to register in Part 1 as specified by the Ontario College of Teachers. 


Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites

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Section Title
AQ Visual Arts, Part 1 (Summer 2022)
Section Schedule
Jun 14, 2022 to Aug 29, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $685.00
Reading List / Textbook

Art Works - J. Markus  ISBN: 9781552393208

Books are available for purchase through the University of Windsor Bookstore. Please visit their website at www.bookstore.uwindsor.ca.

Section Notes
The deadline to enroll in Summer 2022 courses is May 23, 2022. 
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