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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fine Arts and Arts Education Resources at Saskatchewan Universities 2018 Update

This report documents changes in fine arts and arts education resources in the province's universities from approximately 2001 to 2017. It updates and complements the SAA's similar reports of 2015 and 2014.

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This report is part of a series, each updating and building on the last. All reports in the series are available here:  

Access the 2018 report, Fine Arts and Arts Education Resources at Saskatchewan Universities 2018 Update.

Access the 2015 report, Fine Arts and Arts Education Resources at Saskatchewan Universities: An Analysis of Trends 2015.

Access the 2014 report, Fine Arts Resources at Saskatchewan Universities: An Analysis of Trends 1995-2013.

2018 Update Overview: The number of degrees awarded in fine arts and arts education at the two universities has not changed dramatically over the last ten years, although there were recent declines in the number of Media, Art, and Performance degrees at the University of Regina. Undergraduate enrolment in fine arts disciplines, after a long period of relative stability, declined at the University of Regina and its federated colleges but, in the last two years, enrolments have partially recovered; Arts Education has been able to maintain greater stability in student enrolment. At the University of Saskatchewan, undergraduate enrolment in fine arts and arts education has been relatively steady over many years, with small declines over the last two years. Graduate enrolment in fine arts disciplines has increased and kept pace with the growth in overall graduate enrolment at each university. Resources for the fine arts, in terms of the number of faculty members and budgets, have generally been maintained at the University of Saskatchewan but the number of University of Regina faculty members in fine arts has declined in recent years. As the two universities have expanded, the share of resources devoted to the fine arts has fallen. Thus the picture is mixed – declines in some areas of the fine arts at the University of Regina, with relative stability in arts education at the two universities and in the fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan. One conclusion that was drawn in the SAA's 2015 report remains a conclusion here – resources for fine arts units have not grown in step with expansion of the universities.