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)Dr Chris Peers


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5181).


This unit builds on coursework undertaken in EDF5181 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 2A. It enables pre-service visual art and design teachers to build knowledge and skills in curriculum design through teaching studio-based practice. Drawing on national and international research literature and curricula, 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 focusing on the place of aesthetic principles in the art classroom and through working collaboratively and independently, pre-service teachers gain knowledge and skills in extending their own artistic practice to their pedagogical practice. They apply that knowledge and those skills in building a professional identity that recognises their own students' learning via the art and design curriculum and their own needs as developing practitioners and professionals.


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

  1. understand relevant structural issues to curriculum evaluation in visual art and design
  2. critically determine and select appropriate assessment mechanisms in visual art and design
  3. consider conceptual problems relevant to the challenge of aesthetic education
  4. identify important pedagogical and aesthetic issues in visual art and design educational theory
  5. apply critical theoretical and conceptual issues to 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

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