ECE704 - Learning in and Through the Arts in Early Years


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

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

Students commencing from 2021 must be enrolled in course E761 or E764 


Students must pass 2 units from: EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR761 or EPR771



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester 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 3 hour scheduled face to face workshop per non-placement teaching week
(approx. 6-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

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

In-person attendance requirements

Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchoronous sessions during the placement.


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


The unit introduces an understanding of the child as artist and of creativity from the child’s perspective.

Through exploring the role of creativity and its expression through the arts in society, students are exposed to how theories of child development are connected to development in and through the arts and to the importance of providing every child with opportunities to explore, cultivate, rehearse, practice and develop in creative expression and response.

Students engage as artist through cycles of analysis, response and creative practice in relation to each form of artistic expression and in connection to other areas of learning and being, including different cultural and social contexts. Students will also look at similarities and differences in sensory perception and discrimination across the arts with a focus on learning through the body and its many senses.

Students are introduced to the importance of the language of the arts, classroom organisation and management of materials, the influence of the environment, a variety of appropriate teaching strategies and resources and to necessary practical skills for teaching and learning in and through the arts including how to leverage digital and information and communication technologies for learning and development.

Students will learn how to foreground arts learning in both play-based pedagogies and intentional ways with a focus on how pedagogies and teaching approaches as outlined in the EYLF and VEYLDF are adapted and adopted in specific ways in the arts.

Current curriculum frameworks provide the starting point for planning as students address long-term planning that acknowledges the influence of research, environment, observation and co-construction of curriculum with the child.

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