EDF5179 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Melissa Wolfe


Nish Belford

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels 2 and 3) in relevant area(s) of visual arts (e.g. photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, multimedia) which includes at least 12 credit points of practical art content


Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5180).


This unit enables pre-service teachers to develop skills in lesson planning for diverse student learners and to confidently approach their initial pre-service classroom experiences in visual art and design. Working collaboratively and independently, students build understanding and knowledge of the ways in which visual art and design pedagogy can be considered in practical terms and the corresponding nature of professional identity for the specialist art and design teacher. The assessment tasks provide opportunities for students to engage at a theoretical and practical level with critical curriculum models (from Australia and overseas) and to apply their knowledge of this theory in their developing art and design pedagogy, including information and communication technology (ICT) practices. The emphasis is on exploring classroom practice and curriculum design, offering students opportunities to understand and identify with the professional responsibilities specific to learning and teaching in the disciplines that inform visual art and design curriculum practice.


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 tasks and activities for teaching and learning in visual art and design suitable for diverse learners in a range of educational settings
  4. identify important pedagogical issues in visual art and design educational theory
  5. apply critical theoretical and conceptual issues to the evaluation of specific examples of visual art and design curriculum practice.


Unit of work (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Reflective 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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