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ECE241 - Creative Arts 2: Music and Visual Arts


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Fiona Phillips
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E330





Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 3-hour seminar for per week in weeks where there is no placement requirement

1 x 1-hour online workshop per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x on campus cloud conferences per trimester

1 x 1-hour online workshop per week

2 x 1-hour online class per trimester (recordings provided)


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery



This unit is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of learning and teaching in and through the visual arts and music. This occurs initially through the development of personal skills in arts practice, exploring and responding to the arts and secondly, in the construction of curricula materials for teaching in and through the visual art and music. Throughout the unit students participate in arts based learning experiences in order to develop personal professional skills and knowledge. Students will also develop practical skills in the use of e technologies and digital media both for creative expression and for the development of digital e-learning artefacts.

This work is informed by a study of current state, national and international arts education initiatives and research. Throughout the unit, links are made between relevant theories of teaching and learning and their application in contemporary places of learning and teaching both in, and through, the Arts with a focus on music and visual art. Students are encouraged to consider the importance of the arts in interdisciplinary education and are made more aware of where the arts can overlap and combine with other learning areas to support outcomes, in particular the cross curriculum priority of Australian and Torres Strait Islander culture, history, knowledge and perspectives.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Locate and analyse examples of current best practice that support children’s cognitive and artistic development and critically evaluate the effectiveness of the processes, teaching materials and resources in order to selectively incorporate them into their own teaching

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Apply knowledge of everyday play based and intentional arts learning practices to construct meaningful learning environments for the development of children's knowledge and skill acquisition in the arts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children’s development in and through the creative arts, with a focus on visual arts and music development, and from birth through early childhood and into primary school

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use knowledge and understanding of the development of children's concepts of the arts, aesthetics and creative expression to design curriculum that also shows the incorporation of play-based, intentional and digital learning environments

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Compare and contrast pedagogical approaches and methods for teaching in and through the creative arts with a focus on Music and Visual Arts and select for presentation, those that they would incorporate into their own practice

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Music Portfolio

equivalent to 2000 words 50% Week 6

Assessment 2 - Visual art Portfolio 

equivalent to 2000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECE241
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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