Visual and Media Arts for Early Childhood - 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: Folio - ePortfolio (50%) , Presentation (50%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

Through engagement with Visual and Media Arts, this unit focuses on the principles, planning and delivery of authentic forms of arts education in early childhood settings. Inquiry-based learning that embraces creativity, self-expression, meaning-making and the communication of ideas is presented within a child development context. Planning for arts learning is examined within the framework of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, and the Australian Curriculum; and organising programs, environment provocations and pedagogical documentation around a cyclic process of observation, study and responsive planning are practised. Integral to the unit are experiential learning opportunities designed to enlarge students’ understanding of the scope and nature of arts learning across the early childhood years; and also, to develop their own visual and media arts literacy to a foundational standard for teaching.

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

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

  1. describe and evaluate the principles of authentic forms of arts education with reference to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, and the Australian Curriculum
  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 that reflect an understanding of child development, curriculum and arts learning processes within 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. plan and present arts activities that are developmentally appropriate and reflect authentic arts learning principles.
  • Folio — ePortfolio (50%)
  • Presentation (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 EDE202 The Creative Arts and Design in ECE as they are considered equivalents.

  • Other special requirement — You will be required to locate a small range of art materials to complete activities.

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.

1Educational principles and the language of art
2Being in the world: sensory explorations and observations
3Belonging in the world of art: Making connections
4Becoming: Self-expression and communicating ideas
5Children at the centre - Building relationships for educational growth
6Integrated planning
7Practical preparation and pedagogical approaches to support learning
8Creating a culture of inquiry: Planning, observation, documentation, assessment
9Creating the learning context for ongoing social and educational gains
10Joining the dots: Policy and curriculum documents
11Partnerships and life-long learning
12Australian professional standards for teachers and advocating for the arts

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 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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