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ECA433 - Arts Education Discipline Study 3

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

Dance and Drama offered Burwood (Melbourne) only

Music offered Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online)

Visual Arts offered Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, and Cloud (online)

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D347, E356, E359, E365, E377 or E455

Unit chair:

Merinda Kelly





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood and Waurn Ponds: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week

Warrnambool: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit offers studies in arts education for students with and without a background in the arts. The unit provides additional studies for students undertaking double-secondary methods in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Students choose to focus on one of four arts education discipline areas (Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Art).

The unit specifically aims to develop understandings of a range of methodologies, pedagogies and philosophies as a basis for professional practice. The unit prepares students to research and apply established theories to classroom practice, in particular, to interpret curriculum change. Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills, interpersonal communication and intercultural understanding as they analyse and reflect on performing and visual arts education pedagogies in the compulsory years of schooling.

Dance Education focuses on how individual and shared dance vocabularies, styles and traditions are intrinsically linked to history, society and culture. Student's critically explore and enact practical applications guided by inclusive dance education practices, influences on choreographer's choices, dance design, choreographic processes and manipulations of elements & principles for different purposes and diverse educational settings.

Drama Education focuses on the ways drama can be applied to learning across the curriculum, in other key learning areas and for general capabilities. Students explore practical drama approaches, investigate existing applied drama and theatre projects and design and implement drama activities for particular educational purposes and settings.

Music Education focuses on the European teaching methodologies of Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze and African music in a P-10 setting, making connections to music, society and culture. Students also explore composition, and musicianship, in addition to developing classroom management skills.

Visual Arts Education focuses on designing a visual arts program that is inclusive of a range of social and cultural perspectives and students explore a range of art forms to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the visual arts/art elements, principles and concepts in preparation for developing tasks and activities.

  • Visual Arts – available at Burwood (Melbourne) or Cloud (online)
  • Music - available at Burwood (Melbourne) or Cloud (online)
  • Dance - available at Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Drama - available at Burwood (Melbourne)


Portfolio of teaching resources appropriate to the specific arts education area, 2000 word count equivalent 50%

Curriculum project appropriate to the specific arts education area, 2000 word count equivalent 50%


Unit Fee Information

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