Arts Education

The British Columbia Arts Education curriculum promotes the development of artistic habits of mind, categorized as exploring and creating, reasoning and reflecting, and communicating and documenting. Digital media literacy is present throughout these curricular competencies, which include a focus on relationships between the arts and various cultures and societies, reflecting on and making connections between creative processes, and considering how audience negotiate meaning. Students are expected to “create and respond to works of art using inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to deepen their awareness of self, others, and the world.” Thhe BC Arts Education curriculum prepares students to engage in dynamic ways of creating, thinking, and problem-solving, which are lifelong and transferrable skills. As well, the secondary Media Arts courses encourage students to “engage in digital citizenship throughout the creative processes.”  Select a grade level under Arts Education for a list of media-related outcomes and links to supporting resources from the MediaSmarts site. (Note: as many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)