EDF4251 - Creative arts education - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


This unit introduces students to the concepts, structure, pedagogical and curriculum-related issues in arts education, from Foundation to Year 8, but with particular focus on teaching in, about and through the arts in primary and middle schools. It provides students with an overview of different approaches to theories and practices of arts education. It prepares students for the tasks of selecting content and designing units of work in the arts. Students explore discipline-based arts (music, dance, drama, visual arts and media arts), as well as cross-curricula and integrative approaches to the arts.


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

  1. develop a critical understanding of the structure, pedagogical and curriculum related issues in arts education
  2. understand, implement and reflect on current research-based arts education pedagogies
  3. develop an awareness of disciplinary skills and concepts in the arts
  4. develop skills in content selection and curriculum design in the arts
  5. engage with arts practices and experiences using verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.


Arts project (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Peer teaching and reflection task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hrs per week
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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