Arts and Performance - Addressing Disability

Unit code: EDS1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Students enrolled in EBST must have completed any 4 first year units.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 25%
Written Reflection on the trialling of the arts based product.
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 50%
Art work product.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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