Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Geraldine Burke


This unit introduces students to the role that the visual arts play in society and the connections to education. It develops students' knowledge of contemporary and visual culture through making and responding to art. Students engage with different cultural institutions e.g. Google Art Project, Arts Play, Bunjilaka and National Gallery of Victoria, and examine what they offer primary arts education. Students develop intercultural understandings through a range of artworks.


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

  1. engage with visual art practices and experiences
  2. demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural approaches to the visual arts through investigating contemporary Australian artwork, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork, and Asia-Pacific artwork
  3. develop an awareness of cultural institutions and what they offer art education
  4. understand how contemporary art and visual culture can be explored in visual arts education
  5. obtain skills in developing units of work that engage with the arts and intercultural understanding that are in line with the Australian curriculum.


Portfolio of education resources for visual arts and culture (can include individual and/or group work) (1600 words or equivalent per student, 40%)
Art folio (can include individual and/or group work) (2400 words or equivalent per student, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

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