Course Title: Teaching the Arts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching the Arts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: David Rousell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3607

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora 220.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the curriculum and teaching practices related to Arts education in the Primary school. It explores arts education across music, dance, drama, media and visual arts through a lens of creativity. You will develop your confidence as creative artists, exploring and experimenting with techniques and personal expression and your appreciation of the arts within broad social and cultural contexts. You will also develop competencies as effective teachers of The Arts

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage with contemporary theories and practices relevant to arts education
  • Identify the concepts, substance and structure of the Arts curriculum
  • Use your knowledge of the Arts curriculum and pedagogies to plan effective Arts lessons for primary classrooms that incorporate relevant teaching and assessment strategies
  • Develop your creativity and confidence as artists and your appreciate of arts and its contribution to society and culture


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures (online and face-to-face), workshops, practical activities and projects, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities. These will be based around hands-on collaborative learning, teaching workshops of arts skills and knowledge including Arts based assessment and best practices Arts pedagogies.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: