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Undergraduate | CUR-EDP385-2023

Visual and Media Arts Education

Previously CUR-EDP263

Develop arts literacy and capability through visual and media arts praxis and appreciation. Integrate the arts in teaching and learn how to advocate for arts learning. Create lessons that appreciate child development, curriculum and arts pedagogy.

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 29 May 2023
  • 27 Nov 2023

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of The Arts as both meaning-making and cultural enterprises, with particular consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practices and Asian arts
  2. analyse arts learning experiences with reference to the principles of authentic arts education, the development of children’s identity and agency, and the expectations of the school curriculum
  3. develop within a lifelong learning framework, and to a foundational standard for teaching, personal arts literacy and capability through engagement in visual and media arts praxis, critical review and reflection
  4. design a unit of inquiry (arts learning module) of sequential and meaningful learning experiences on a theme that reflects an understanding of curriculum, and arts pedagogy, as well as the ethos of sustainable, safe, functional, ethical, relevant and culturally sensitive learning contexts for a diversity of students
  5. apply professional skills to plan, organise, teach, assess and review, in the context of an improvement cycle, an arts learning activity, that reflects authentic arts learning principles and pedagogy.
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - designing lessons to address visual arts elements and principles
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - designing lessons to stimulate visual perception and understanding
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - designing lessons to stimulate creativity, imagination and self-expression
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - designing lessons that incorporate design strategies and processes (storyboard and comics)
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - creative and effective ways of designing Arts Responding activities with reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks
    • Australian Curriculum: The Arts - planning a program (Unit of Inquiry module)
    • Conceiving lesson planning and assessment within an improvement cycle
    • Effective preparation and pedagogy for arts education
    • Dialogues for learning in a learner-centred and inquiry-based learning context
    • Stewardship of the ethical, safe, functional, inclusive and culturally sensitive learning environment that promotes children’s agency
    • The role of partnerships and life-long learning strategies in delivering good quality arts education
    • Positioning professional arts education understandings and capabilities within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers framework
  • This subject was previously known as EDP263 Visual and Media Arts Education

    Planning and pedagogy of authentic forms of arts education are addressed through the curriculum subjects of Media and Visual Arts. The school curriculum provides the framework for planning sequential, inquiry-based and engaging learning opportunities for primary school children. Experiential learning opportunities and reflective practices 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. Pedagogical understandings and practices that support the development of children’s identities and agency through their creativity, self-expression, meaning-making and communication of ideas are studied, practiced with children, and reviewed using an improvement cycle framework.

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

    Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

    Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

    • ePortfolio of Arts Making and Arts Responding (50%)
    • Arts Documentation (50%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-SAR-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) (The Arts - Visual Arts)
  • CUR-BED-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Education (Primary Education)


  • CUR-FAST-DEG-2023 - Fast track your Curtin on campus study

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-EDP263 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Student feedback

15 student respondents between: 22 Aug 2022 - 08 Mar 2023.

7-9 hourswas the average study commitment per week

93%of students felt the study load was manageable

93%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees