Course Title: Experiencing the Arts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Experiencing the Arts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Susan Paterson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7427

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None listed

Course Description

This is an elective course that focuses on either visual arts or music as a stand alone area of study, or an integration of key visual arts and music concepts. In particular, this course will promote opportunities for students’ to understand their prior knowledge, identify their strengths and overcome their perceived weaknesses in arts knowledge and practice. This course will extend students’ knowledge and experience in visual arts education, including the practical, technical, theoretical and pedagogical components of learning about the arts. The course promotes a reflective learning and teaching model where students are scaffolded in developing conceptual and technical skills on both an individual and collaborative learning basis. The course models a cross-cultural, cross-curricular approach to art education where multiple intelligences are celebrated together with personal and interpersonal learning. The course will involve visits to art galleries, performance venues, and primary schools to advance students’ understandings of the social, cultural, environmental, and aesthetic aspects of visual arts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Develop an understanding of cross-cultural and cross-curricular approaches to the arts education.
• Advance art discipline based knowledge.
• Critically reflect upon contemporary pedagogical strategies relative to learning and teaching.
• Engage in authentic situated learning practices.
• Link practice and theory as it relates to pedagogy in art education.
• Examine the role of collaborative learning/communities of practice in the arts.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Develop inquiry-based arts curriculum that can be integrated with other key learning areas.
• Implement a variety of pedagogical strategies for diverse learners in the primary classroom.
• Critically analyse and reflect upon a range of learning resources, including materials and tools, and written texts such as journal articles, art education texts, and internet material.
• Produce appropriate learning/teaching resources.
• Manage the implementation of both individual and collaborative learning situations in both the generalist and art classrooms.
• Demonstrate depth and breath of knowledge in the arts.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of how ICT resources can be integrated in meaningful ways that take into account students’ existing and diverse technological skills and to produce engaging and challenging curriculum.
• Understandings of how to use ICT in the classroom to facilitate learning, in particular critical skills such as information skills, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including, lectures, art studio-based practical workshops, class discussions, presentations, and group projects, ICT skills development and visits to galleries, performance venues and classrooms.

Overview of Learning Resources

See part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, visual arts resource portfolio, reflection and research and performance based assessment).
Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.