EDF5181 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 2A - 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)

Chris Peers


Chris Peers

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


EDF5179 and 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 (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 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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