Visual and Media Arts Education - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Performance of Micro Teaching (50%) , Portfolio - ePortfolio (50%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

Planning and pedagogy of authentic forms of arts education are addressed through the curriculum subjects of Media and Visual Arts. The Australian National Curriculum provides the framework for planning sequential, inquiry-based and engaging learning opportunities for children in an integrated primary school curriculum. Pedagogical understandings and practices that support children’s creativity, self-expression, meaning-making and communication of ideas are emphasised. Experiential learning opportunities facilitate the development of practical understanding of the scope and nature of arts learning across the primary school years. Personal media and visual arts literacy are promoted as the foundation for teaching within a lifelong learning framework.

*** You will be required to locate a small range of art materials to complete art activities. ***

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

  1. describe and evaluate the application of the principles of authentic forms of arts education with reference to the Australian Curriculum and alternatives
  2. within a lifelong learning framework, develop arts literacy and capability through personal investment in visual and media arts praxis, reflection and appreciation, to a foundational standard for teaching
  3. create programmes of sequential lessons that reflect an understanding of child development, curriculum and arts pedagogy and the ethos of sustainable, safe, functional, ethical, inclusive and culturally sensitive learning contexts
  4. appraise valid forms of integrating of the arts in children’s learning, developing partnerships and creating forms of arts advocacy for sustaining and invigorating arts learning
  5. apply professional skills to structure and teach arts activities that reflect authentic arts learning principles.
  • Assessment — Performance of Micro Teaching (50%)
  • Portfolio — ePortfolio (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP260 Arts Education as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials — A small range of art materials as specified in the unit outline

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.

1Authentic arts education, the curriculum and elements of the visual language: Explored through visual arts activity
2Arts learning as sensory exploration: Investigating the visual world through observational drawing
3Designing lessons that stimulate creativity, imagination and self- expression: Explored through visual arts activity
4Planning the program: Units of Inquiry
5Review of General Capabilities and Cross-Curriculum priorities in the Arts Learning Area & introduction to Media Arts as visual narratives
6Arts Responding and learning about the world of art: Creative and effective ways of engaging in Arts Responding activities
7Lesson planning and assessment
8Assessment in the Arts Learning Area
9Dialogues for learning in a learner-centred and inquiry-based learning context
10Stewardship of the ethical, safe, functional, inclusive and culturally sensitive learning environment
11Moving forward: Life-long learning and the benefits of partnerships
12The long view: Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
13Review and reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Interactive Games
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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