This unit will explore the intersection between the Arts and special education. In this unit university students will inquire into the fields of visual art, music, drama, media and dance and how these fields can encourage multiple learning possibilities for learners who have a dis/ability. University students will also experience a range of arts based practices to support their interpersonal and pedagogic knowledge. In addition they will be encouraged to understand how all Arts based approaches to learning within the inclusive spectrum can assist and facilitate in affective and cognitive advancement. This unit will also promote an understanding of how Arts based practice can promote wellbeing, self-efficacy and agency for students who have physical and cognitive challenges. University students will utilize practical approaches that engage the Arts to develop opportunities for learning that is based on expressive and performance modalities. This unit will also provide university students with an introduction to AUSLAN. Knowledge of AUSLAN will assist university students to use diverse modes of communication when negotiating arts-based practices. University students learning AUSLAN will use Arts education as a basis for consolidating their sign language skills.

Unit details

Online Real Time
Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


Students enrolled in EBST must have completed any 4 first year units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explore arts based pedagogies to facilitate learning opportunities for individuals with dis/abilities;  
  2. Assess theoretical debates linked to the Arts, dis/ability and learning;  
  3. Critically review and engage in concepts of disability, inclusion through an Arts-based learning and;  
  4. Establish alternative communication skills using AUSLAN.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Written Reflection on the trialling of the arts based product. 25%
Creative Works Art work product. 50%
Test AUSLAN Test 25%
Effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.