The Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP) prepares students to collaborate with communities to make art of all forms, to express diverse identities, to explore and take action on social and environmental issues.
The first of its kind in Canada, this certificate allows you to develop creative artistic skills, deepen your social analysis and learn to work collaboratively with community arts groups. You will gain real-world experience in placements with local cultural agencies and community organizations.
This certificate will teach you to use art as a tool for expressing diverse identities, for developing community awareness about environmental issues and to take action for social change. You will take courses offered through the Faculties of Environmental & Urban Change and the School of the Arts, Performance, Media & Design to develop artistic skills while working collaboratively on a community-based cultural production in your final year of study.
Students will develop:
- cultural and artistic skills
- deepen their social analysis
- learn to facilitate creative processes with groups working for social change
2 to 3 years
Full time or Part time
Fall, Winter or Summer entry
Start CAP in September, January or May
Sample course list
- Environmental Arts for Social Change
- Arts in Practice: Pedagogy, Ethics, and Praxis
- Environmental and Sustainability Education
- Race/Racism and Environmental Justice
- Indigenous Environmental Thought
- Sex, Gender, Nature: Ecofeminist Perspectives
- Environmental Arts and Media
- Environmental Art and Decolonization
- Arts and Culture in the City
Hands-on Learning and Field Study
The Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practice for Environment and Social Justice provides students critical theory, creative skill building and immersive hands-on learning. All courses will include experiential education opportunities in the classroom, in the community and at the workplace. Students are required to complete Environmental Arts workshop courses and a work placement with a community organization for this programs.
Direct Entry Students: The certificate is open to students who previously completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Students are admissible with a cumulative grade point average of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Individuals without an undergraduate degree but who have previous relevant work experience may also apply to the certificate.
Concurrent students: The certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practice for Environmental and Social Justice may be completed concurrently with either a Bachelor’s or Honours degree program at York University. Students may register in the certificate program after completing 24 credits at York University with cumulative GPA of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed their undergraduate degree program.
How to Apply
Direct Entry Students: If you are a new applicant to York, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University and meet any additional requirements. Individuals without an undergraduate degree but who have previous relevant work experience may also apply to the certificate. Applications are made through the Office of Admission.
Concurrent Students: If you are a current York student, contact your Academic Adviser to find out about admission requirements and the application process.