ECE140 - Creative Arts 1: Young Children and the Arts


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E330, E333 or E334



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ECE240
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching weeks

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1.5-hour online seminar per non-placement teaching weeks

In-person attendance requirements

Students must attend and participate in face to face practical learning activities at the Waurn Ponds campus on the scheduled day during the trimester


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


In this unit, engagement with online study materials and participation in practical workshops and seminars will enable students to critically appraise current trends in early years arts teaching, learning and research.

The Arts curriculum framework for the unit is underpinned by the aims and learning outcomes outlined in the current National Curriculum and articulated in the Victorian curriculum: The Arts and the Victorian Early Years Framework (VEYLF). This provides an Arts curriculum focus for beginning teachers, in a unit concerned with concepts of how young children actively engage with arts making and responding, of exploring concepts of creativity, and the use of imagination and thinking skills. The unit focuses on children’s continuing arts sequential developmental engagement with Arts learning from the early years through the primary years of schooling. It embraces the concept of the arts as central to children’s individual, sensory, cognitive, emotional, physical development located within diverse socio cultural environments. Students will participate in artistic practice and aesthetic responding processes to inform their professional understanding of theoretical frameworks central to the creative arts processes in visual art, media arts, music and the performing arts. They will apply this knowledge in planning teaching and learning programs that support young children's engagement in and through the arts. They will devise ways to foster learning in and through the arts enabling young children to develop thinking skills and to participate in creative processes, using both traditional arts materials and techniques and selected multimedia and digital technologies to express ideas about themselves and their worlds.

Students will build on the concept that children's exploration and development of personal interwoven narratives and visual, aural, oral and kinaesthetic symbols enable them to express their ideas and feelings and give artistic form to thought and imagination.

Throughout the unit, students will identify and apply teaching approaches and learning strategies including play based and intentional learning relevant to both formal and informal early years’ educational settings. Students will design and develop a Creative Arts program that supports the intellectual, social and cultural development of the whole child.

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