Return to previous page

ECE240 - Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Grenfell

Must have passed 5 credit points at level 1 for students enrolled in course E330 only.


Students must be enrolled in course E330

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 2hr Seminar located on campus + structured 1 hr online Class per week

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 3 x 3 hour intensives.


Through the use of computer based online e-learning study materials, scenario based activities and practical seminars, unit content is organised around key creative arts education theoretical frameworks that include:

  • ways of knowing;
  • exploring, imagining, and experimenting;
  • developing divergent thinking processes to enable children to express ideas about themselves and their worlds;
  • engaging children's sensory and aesthetic perception through arts related auditory, visual, tactile and kinaesthetic experiences;
  • exploring the concept of multiple intelligences through visual-spatial imagery and kinaesthetic / body activities.

Students will critically appraise current trends in arts education research and practice as well as teacher reference and curriculum documents relevant to creative arts teaching with young children. Participation in practical seminars activities will enable students to engage with their own art practice and aesthetic responding to enhance their understanding of creative and cognitive processes and to apply this knowledge in planning teaching and learning programs that support young children's developing artistry. Students will also explore two and three dimensional media and techniques appropriate for young children as they develop their own artistic knowledge and skills.

Key activities include:

  • Through practical experiences in visual art and media art, students devise ways to foster imaginative and creative play through which young children, by exploring, imagining, experimenting and thinking, express ideas about themselves and their worlds. For example, students will develop activities that promote arts concept and language development (e.g. form, texture, balance, colour, shape, light, reflection and symmetry), and encourage the expression of ideas through a variety of media and techniques including, puppet making, digital story telling and narratives, and two dimensional and three dimensional constructions. They will respond to artworks including their own and those of others.
  • Students will identify teaching approaches and strategies for supporting learning in relevant educational settings and will observe during professional placements how children develop their creative and aesthetic understandings. They will build on the concept that children’s exploration and development of interwoven narratives and visual symbols enable them to express their ideas and feelings and give artistic form to thought, and imagination through play based activities and where relevant more structured arts learning environments.
  • They will design and develop a Creative Arts art program that supports the intellectual, social and cultural development of the whole child.


Task 1: Portfolio, 50%, 2000 words or equivalent

Task 2: Creative Arts Program, 50%, 2000 words or equivalent

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

Return to previous page