Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Christine Lloyd


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5179).


This unit builds on coursework undertaken in EDF5179 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1A. It enables pre-service visual art and design teachers to build skills, advanced knowledge and confidence in curriculum design through teaching studio-based practice. It explores a range of issues with respect to classroom pedagogy in the visual arts that are specific to aesthetic education, including a discussion of the interdisciplinary relationships between artists, designers and teachers and their impact for conceptions of student experience. Through critical engagement with research literature, the unit takes students into a deeper experience of curriculum theory especially as it has developed through reform of the dominant curriculum models in the visual arts in Australia and internationally. Assessment tasks in this unit offer students the chance to build their research capacities, to enhance their disciplinary skills and knowledge, and to apply all of these more rigorously in their pedagogical planning, curriculum design and continuing professional learning.


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

  1. understand the structural issues relevant to lessons and units of work in visual art and design
  2. critically determine and select appropriate content for units of work in visual art and design
  3. devise relevant tasks and activities for teaching and learning in visual art and design
  4. identify important pedagogical issues in visual art and design educational theory
  5. apply concepts drawn from discipline-based art education (DBAE) and other relevant curriculum models, with critical theoretical and conceptual issues, to the evaluation of specific examples of visual art and design curriculum practice.


Reflective task (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Research task (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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