Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Geraldine Burke


This unit provides pre-service primary education students with an introduction to disciplinary knowledge specific to the Visual Arts. It addresses studio practice within the context of both art historical and art critical practices, so as to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the sources of knowledge that inform both professional and curriculum practice in the Visual Arts. The unit provides students with exercises in studio technique, methods of historical investigation of artworks and techniques for appreciation of artworks. Students will understand how these different practices can be integrated in relation to Visual Arts study and practical explorations in art making.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the relevance of integrating each of the three knowledge domains specific to the Visual Arts for primary school students;
  2. learn about different practices and theories of each of these domains;
  3. obtain skills in studio practice; and
  4. apply techniques in both art history and art criticism.


Assessment Task 1: Research task (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Research presentation (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

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Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.