The Arts and Design in Primary Education

    Unit code: ETP5008 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Victoria University Online


    Preservice teachers are introduced to theoretical, philosophical, pragmatic and practical perspectives related to contemporary arts and design education for primary school students. These perspectives include an introduction to arts and design curriculum, planning and pedagogies that promote quality learning and teaching of the arts and design, with a focus on the areas of music, drama, dance, visual arts and media arts. Preservice teachers also consider how these arts and design areas can productively intersect with other subject areas for effective teaching and learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Exemplify pedagogical principles, and assessment and reporting practices, related to teaching both quality and effective arts and design education in primary school contexts;
    2. Interpret perspectives related to arts and design education including relevant curriculum and assessment guidelines related to primary arts education;
    3. Devise and formulate strategies to consider diverse student learning in and through the arts and design in primary schools; and
    4. Assess and develop their own arts skills and creative practices in the arts and design as an element of their professional learning and development as a teacher.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 20%
    Demonstrate curriculum knowledge/ pedagogical approaches to Arts based inquiry learning in the Primary Years.
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 40%
    Develop a unit of inquiry incorporating the five arts disciplines. Part A Group overview & lesson plan Part B micro teaching & individual lesson plan.
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 40%
    Video essay reflecting on learning about Arts Education

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