EDF5180 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1B - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Melissa Wolfe

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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). Students continue to improve their skill, knowledge and expertise in developing curriculum design for the classroom through studio-based practices. Creative classroom pedagogies are explored and include a discussion of the interdisciplinary relationships between artists, designers and educators and their impact on student experiences at secondary school and beyond. Through critical engagement with educational literature, students engage with both philosophical approaches to art education and the formal links to prescribed curricula. This unit offers a focus on senior secondary assessment tasks, unit development and curriculum.


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

  1. understand the structural issues relevant to lessons in visual art and design in relation to classroom practice and prescribed curriculum
  2. critically and creatively design and organise appropriate content for sequences of lessons in visual art and design
  3. devise relevant summative and formative assessment tasks and/or activities for teaching and learning in visual art and design domains
  4. identify and critically discuss relevant pedagogical issues relating to visual art and design educational theory
  5. apply concepts drawn from discipline-based art education (DBAE) and other relevant curriculum models 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 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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