Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of The Arts in the context of young children’s learning and development as both meaning-making and cultural enterprises, with particular consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts

  2. analyse arts learning experiences with reference to the principles of authentic arts education and early childhood education, the development of children’s identity and agency, and the expectations of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care 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 early childhood learning, 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 undertaken with a child, that reflects authentic arts learning principles and pedagogy within the early childhood context.
    • Educational principles and the language of art
    • Being in the world: sensory explorations and observations
    • Belonging in the world of art: Making connections
    • Becoming: Self-expression and communicating ideas
    • Children at the centre - Building relationships for educational growth
    • Integrated planning
    • Practical preparation and pedagogical approaches to support learning
    • Creating a culture of inquiry: Planning, observation, documentation, assessment
    • Creating the learning context for ongoing social and educational gains
    • Joining the dots: Policy and curriculum documents
    • Partnerships and life-long learning
    • Australian professional standards for teachers and advocating for the arts
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

Equivalent subjects

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

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

CUR-EDC153-Performing Arts for Educators , or CUR-EDC161-Performing Arts for Educators


You don't have to enrol in this subject if you have completed EDE202 The Creative Arts and Design in ECE as they are considered equivalents.

Special requirements

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

This subject was previously known as EDE262 Visual and Media Arts for Early Childhood.

Through engagement with Visual and Media Arts, this subject 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 subject 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.

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, Arts Responding and Arts Program (50%)
  • Learning Story documentation of a Micro Teaching (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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