Arts Education

What's New

K–9 curriculum

In providing feedback, reviewers expressed appreciation for the K–9 curriculum’s balanced approach to opportunities for integrating the four disciplines — dance, drama, music, and
visual arts — while maintaining the integrity and essential elements, processes, and skills of each discipline.

The redesigned Arts Education curriculum is unified to support students in building on their strengths and pursuing their passions in Arts Education, and gives teachers the flexibility to provide either a discipline-specific or an integrated arts instructional approach. Blending of the arts disciplines is not required, but remains an option. The Curricular Competencies have been expanded to highlight the importance of each of the four disciplines. This not only recognizes the unique aspects of each discipline, but also accommodates art forms in individual or collaborative settings.

The redesigned Arts Education curriculum replaces the former integrated resource packages curriculum. Many aspects of the existing curriculum are preserved in new contexts throughout the redesigned curriculum. For example, the natural progression for creative and artistic work remains central in the redesigned curriculum. Other key aspects maintained in the redesigned curriculum include:

  • A focus on creative and artistic processes, including responding to creative work
  • A focus on increasing the depth of content and concept application over multiple years
  • Content relating to the elements and principles of each discipline
  • Value placed on discipline-specific literacy and language
  • Connections between theory, practice, and praxis
  • Opportunities for making connections with the local community
  • Supports for classroom and personal safety
  • Connections between grades to support multi-year program models
  • Celebration of students’ unique ideas and creative potential

Grade 9 curriculum

The Grade 9 curriculum offers an opportunity for schools and teachers to provide a unique variety of options for students across British Columbia. To support a range of learning environments, program models, and school structures in the middle and graduation years, the Grade 9 curriculum includes a general curriculum for exploratory study in Arts Education and a discipline-specific curriculum  for each of the four disciplines — dance, drama, music, and visual arts. This design supports both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary learning, demonstrating a seamless connection between Big Ideas and learning standards in all four disciplines.

10–12 draft curriculum

The draft curriculum enables teachers to provide a variety of options for Grade 10–12 students.  Whether students choose to pursue deeper or broader study in Arts education, this new curriculum design enables students to pursue their individual interests and passions in Arts Education.

Grade 10–12 courses

The Arts Education 10-12 courses for Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts are now fully developed. This list builds on the proposed set of courses posted in June 2016.

The Arts Education 10-12 courses are:


  • Dance Foundations 10, 11, 12
  • Dance Technique & Performance 10, 11, 12
  • Dance Choreography 10, 11, 12
  • Dance Company 10, 11, 12
  • Dance Conditioning 11, 12


  • Drama 10, 11, 12
  • Theatre Production 10, 11, 12
  • Theater Company 10, 11, 12
  • Directing & Scriptwriting 11, 12
  • Film & Television 11, 12


  • Choral Music 10, 11, 12  (includes Concert Choir, Chamber Choir & Vocal Jazz)
  • Instrumental Music 10, 11, 12 (includes Concert Band, Orchestral Strings, Jazz Band & Guitar)
  • Contemporary Music 10, 11, 12
  • Composition & Production 11, 12

Visual Arts:

  • Art Studio 10, 11, 12
  • Drawing & Painting 10, 11, 12
  • Photography 10, 11, 12
  • Sculpture 10, 11, 12
  • Graphic Arts 11, 12

Cross-Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Arts Courses

  • Media Arts 11
  • Musical Theatre 10, 11, 12