Creative and Media Arts in Early Childhood - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Exercises (50%) , Presentation (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit prepares early childhood educators to design and implement authentic arts education programs in early childhood education and care settings. Play-based learning principles will be applied to this design process and experiences will be developmentally appropriate. An inquiry approach that encompasses the development of arts literacies across the Creative and Media Arts curriculum is taken.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine the features and implementation of authentic arts education practices with reference to the international literature, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum
  2. demonstrate a competent standard of arts literacy (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts) sufficient to implement authentic, inquiry and play-based learning experiences for young children
  3. design and implement a play-based arts learning experience that is developmentally appropriate and reflects authentic arts learning principles and safe practices
  4. evaluate a child’s learning based on the cyclic process of observation, assessment and responsive planning using a learning story documentation
  5. create an inquiry-based sequence of lessons in accordance with the Australian Curriculum; the arts principles and content that presents challenging learning opportunities for a nominated age group.
  • Exercises (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The child at the centre. Arts education in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts
2Being: Designing sensory exploration and observations through the arts as part of young children's development, learning and identity formation
3Belonging: Designing arts learning experiences that explore belonging in the cultural world of arts practice as part of young children's development
4Becoming: Designing arts learning experiences as ways of knowing, meaning-making and communication of ideas as part of young children's development
5Safe, ethical learning context; Practical preparation and pedagogical approaches to support and document learning
6Learning stories and evaluating a child's learning using a cyclic process of observation, assessment and responsive planning
7Productive relationships and dialogues for learning in the arts
8Inclusive education - diversity and differentiated learning
9Planning play and/or inquiry-based arts learning programs
10Partnerships and life-long learning strategies for effective educators

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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