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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Peers


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5182).


This unit provides pre-service art teachers with a heightened understanding of the connections between the knowledge disciplines and practices which inform visual art curriculum. Working collaboratively and independently, students build skills around the development of art historical and art critical knowledge, such as research, lesson planning and unit preparation. The unit also enables students to learn about museum activities, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in these spaces and the design of museum experiences for secondary school art and design students. Students explore approaches to the exhibition space and to the function of museums, in order to utilise these sites as supplements to the art classroom. Drawing on national and international literature, students engage in their own research to develop foundational knowledge in art historiography and pedagogical strategies relevant to art history and art criticism that lead students back to studio practice.


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

  1. understand the structural issues relevant to discipline-based knowledge in the visual arts
  2. critically determine, select and apply appropriate art historical and art critical tasks
  3. devise relevant tasks and activities for museum education in the visual arts and design fields
  4. identify important pedagogical strategies in visual art and design (including those that incorporate ICTs) that meet the needs of a diverse range of students
  5. apply critical theoretical and conceptual issues to specific examples of visual art and design curriculum practice.


Research task (2000 words, 50%)
Research essay (2000 words, 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)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) in relevant area(s) of visual arts (e.g. photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, multimedia) which includes at least one quarter of a year of practical art content.