ECP711 - Creativity and the Arts

Unit details

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 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 trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Jo Raphael
Trimester 3: Jo Raphael



Students enrolled in course E764 must pass unit ECE761

otherwise Nil

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:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and, 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 3-hour practical scheduled face to face per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks in trimester 1 and 4 weeks supplemented by online discussions in trimester 3).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.


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

**Trimester 3 is offered as a combination of compulsory campus based intensives at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud based (online) learning


This unit engages students in practical and theoretical studies based on learning about and through the Arts: visual arts, drama, music, dance and media arts, in early childhood and the primary years of schooling.

Students engage in their own arts processes and reflect critically and creatively on a selected methodologies, pedagogies and philosophies as a basis for professional practice. Using a range of technologies students extend their knowledge of creative media, techniques and processes appropriate for young children. Practice-led seminars focus on knowledge of current educational practices and curriculum in arts education and provide opportunities for students to engage, guide, scaffold and assess children’s creative expression in an arts-centred curriculum and in diverse social and cultural settings.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify key arts teaching frameworks, initiatives and pedagogies in selected learning environments such as early childhood and the primary years of schooling

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Devise advocacy strategies to support active student participation in the Arts underpinned by critical analysis of current educational practices related to Arts teaching

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate knowledge of each of the arts disciplines of visual art, media arts, music and drama in both arts making and performance, and in responding and critiquing in a range of socio cultural contexts including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Locate examples of current best practice to support the design, development and effective use of Arts curriculum and resources to enhance creative artistic development in young people including those with special needs

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities,

GLO3: Digital literacy


Identify and analyse the connection between the Arts and other curriculum areas to devise experiential arts learning in settings including early childhood  and the primary years of schooling

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management


Apply information communication technologies to enhance and support arts teaching and learning

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


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


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

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Arts Education position paper

2000 words 40% Week 7

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Arts Education Curriculum Resource E-portfolio or Website 

3000 words or equivalent 60% 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.

Hurdle requirement


1. Completion and documentation of 2 days of professional development relating to the Practicum Case Study.

2. Knowledge of relevant support services related to the field Students who fail a hurdle requirement will be ineligible for a Pass Conceded grade for that unit and will receive a result of no more than 44% for that unit, waived under special consideration arrangements.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECP711
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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