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ARTS Practicum

What is the ARTS 4800 Practicum?

The ARTS practicum course introduces students to the workplace and degree-relevant entry-level work through placement in an employment setting.

During the term, students complete 48 to 64 workplace hours (approximately 4-6 hours per week).

Who can take ARTS 4800?

The ARTS Practicum is for senior students with a declared Major or Minor in Geography, History, Philosophy, Policy Studies, English or Journalism.

What can students expect?

Students will work under the supervision of both the employer/host and a KPU supervisor, undertaking one or more projects that will enable them to apply the academic knowledge and analytical skills learned in the classroom in a workplace environment.

Students will also attend periodic on-campus seminars during the semester to critically reflect and report on their learning and will produce final materials appraising the connection between their academic and practicum work.

How do I register in ARTS 4800?

Prior to registration: Students work with the Practicum Instructor to obtain a mutually agreed upon placement. The placement process includes submission of a cover letter and resume, the name of one KPU instructor that can be contacted for a reference, and at least one placement interview prior to the start of term.

Pre-requisites: 72 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including 9 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher, and 9 credits of courses at the 1100 level or higher in the student’s Declared Major or Minor; and, the permission of the Practicum Instructor.

Once a placement is in place, and permission of the instructor has been given, the student registers in ARTS 4800.

The Instructor will endeavour to place applicants; however, placements cannot be guaranteed.

Click here to apply.

Note: Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort are now open

Our Practicum Steering Committee will be looking at applications in mid-July. Applications will only be accessed then. 

Before applying, please take a moment to watch our practicum informational video. 

Contact email for employers:

Examples of work that students can do during the Practicum

  • GIS mapping and analysis
  • Research best practices
  • Research and report on case studies
  • Archival research
  • Organize ideas
  • Develop short surveys
  • Draft memos, short reports and summaries
  • Draft presentations
  • Organize small events
  • Provide webinar support
  • Provide strategic analysis
  • Provide support on social media
  • Records management
  • Prepare agendas, participate in meetings, and take meeting notes
  • Shadow senior staff