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ECE440 - Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:F Phillips



Students must be enrolled in course E330

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week combining Music, Dance and Drama.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: 3 hour and 4 hour intensives.


Learning experiences are also via CloudDeakin.


This unit aims to broaden and deepen the student's knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of the role that music, dance and drama play in children’s development and learning.

Students will explore and reflect upon the creative use of singing, dancing, playing, creating and moving, and develop repertoire appropriate for use in the classroom.

Students will examine and analyse aspects of what becoming arts literate means and the role that these art forms have in the Indigenous Australian and multicultural Australia.

The unit involves experimenting and engaging with the body, sounds, spaces, objects and ideas, ways of playing with instruments and making sounds, ways of notating and composing, ways of moving and exploring the space, of improvisation and learning through the senses in a safe environment, exploring the elements and discovering why and how creative arts work in the world. They will experience and analyse the cognitive function of the arts in that they show us things in new ways, deepening and or changing our existing understandings. They will engage in the discipline of understanding how to take an idea from its inception, through the process of experimentation and refinement and into a final satisfying performance or an expressive form of communication. They will examine and analyse the way in which music, dance and drama also offer the means for helping children to understand and consolidate what they learn. 

Other skills involved are: the ability to use classroom instruments, props, costumes and masks, listening and observation, learning to express one's ideas through creative art forms, and learning to read creative statements made by other people, and for a range of purposes, learning to talk about creative ideas and expressions.

Students will engage in activities and experiences that encourage and nurture them, so that they can in turn, nurture the musical, kinesthetic and dramatic understandings and expressions in others.


Task 1: Creative Arts Advocacy, 20%, 1500 words

Task 2: Creative Arts Portfolio, 60%, 12 hours (during intensives)

Task 3: Creative Arts teaching and learning report, 20%, 2000 words

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.

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