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,
Sem 2 2023

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 will provide you with an introduction to principles, key (theoretical and practical) elements and appropriate knowledge and skills in the fields of Visual Arts and Performing Arts. The Victorian Curriculum states, ‘Students learn as artist and as audience’, and this is the guiding statement for teaching and learning in the Arts for this course.  

While Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Music and Media are each approached through immersive, thematic explorations, multi-arts and cross-curricular integration is also emphasised. Throughout the course, you will gain conceptual and technical skill development in arts practice, an understanding of formal Arts elements, and an appreciation of artworks within historical and contemporary contexts. You will also learn how the arts can promote the development of the imagination, creativity, critical thinking, playfulness, problem solving and social skills and personal well-being. The practical tutorials provide not only understanding of the arts but how to approach teaching the arts in Primary and Early Childhood Education.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes.  


PLO3 Support students to develop the skills needed to become collaborative, problem-solving, creative learners with agency, and innovative and engaged members of society. 

PLO4 Adopt and apply sustainable, ethical, and collaborative pedagogical approaches to transform education in local and global social contexts. 

PLO6 Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which may include the use of new technologies and teaching tools, to enhance your practice and to provide growth opportunities for students. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

    Graduate APST 
1.  Discuss and apply contemporary theories and practices relevant to Arts education  2.1, 2.2 
2.  Identify the concepts, substance and structure of the Arts curriculum  2.1, 2.2 
3.  Identify and apply your knowledge of the Arts curriculum and pedagogies to plan effective Arts lessons for primary classrooms that incorporate relevant teaching and assessment strategies  2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2 
4.  Reflect on your creativity and confidence as artists and your appreciation of Arts and its contribution to society and culture  6.2 



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as workshops, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Teaching and learning may be face to face, online, or a combination of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes (CLO) and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The assessment is also mapped against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).  

Assessment Tasks 

  Title  Weighting  CLOs  APSTs 
AT 1  Art appreciation and exploration: 


30% 1, 2  2.1, 2.2 
AT 2  Arts curriculum design  40%  2, 3    2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2 
AT 3  Arts creation and reflection  30% 1, 4   2.1, 2.2, 6.2 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.