Environmental Arts and Justice (BES)

Choose a degree that centres on solutions for a just and equitable world.

By mixing critical thinking and creative artistic practice, you will understand how political, cultural, economic and social systems and structures shape the global environmental crisis. You will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to analyze, challenge and respond to this crisis, and evaluate and propose analytical, innovative and sustainable responses.

This highly interdisciplinary program merges courses in literature, social science, environmental science, media production, performance and art with hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. You’ll develop leadership, analytical, collaborative and presentation skills – key to envisioning and realizing a better environmental future.

You will explore these critical issues:

  • Climate change
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Resource extraction
  • Food justice
  • Environmental racism
  • Indigenous sovereignty and decolonization
  • Space/place and land ethics
  • Human-animal-plant relations
  • Gender identities and relationships

Our program embraces an expansive view of environmental arts and art making to include community artists, experimental art forms and those with little or no artistic training (no portfolio or background in the arts is required to enter).

Program Details

4 years

Full time and some part time

Fall, Winter and Summer entry

Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES)

Sample Courses

  • Environmental Arts for Social Change
  • Environmental Politics and Justice
  • Urban Gardening, Justice, and Sustainability
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • Work Placement
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Career Paths

Additional Details

Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission. More information is available on the York University Admission Requirements page.

  • ENG4U
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Grade 12 English
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Overall average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Overall average of 2.3 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)

How to Apply

Deadlines can be found on the York University Future Students website.

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.