Faculty of Education

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Peers (On & Off-campus, Clayton)


This unit builds on coursework undertaken in Visual Art Education 1, and is a specialist education unit in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). It offers a specific focus on methods of curriculum evaluation in visual arts, for those seeking to specialize as secondary Visual Arts teachers. In addition, it explores a range of issues with respect to curriculum theory and design that are specific to aesthetic education, including a discussion of the inter-disciplinary relationships between artists and art teachers, and their impact for the ways in which the curriculum operates, and for concepts of the art student.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the structural issues relevant to curriculum evaluation in the visual arts
  2. critically determine and select appropriate evaluation mechanisms in the visual arts
  3. devise relevant tasks and activities for teaching and learning in the visual arts
  4. identify important pedagogical and aesthetic issues in visual arts educational theory
  5. apply critical theoretical and conceptual issues to specific examples of visual arts curriculum practice.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment Task 1: Research Task (2,000 words; 50%). Assessment Task 2: Research Presentation (2,000 words; 50%).

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


A major study in relevant area(s) of Visual Arts (eg photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, multimedia) which includes at least one quarter of a year of practical Arts content. EDF4110 Arts education or EDF5480


Visual Arts 2 can only be taken in conjunction with EDF4425 Visual Arts 1. Students must also be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).


EDF5481 Visual art education 2B