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EDX1250 Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts

Semester 1, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070100 - Teacher Education
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Katie Burke


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Ed) or BEDU (Special Ed) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or BGEN or BEED or BPED

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Arts experiences play an important role in the development of human creativity, imagination, inquiry, aesthetic appreciation, meaning-making and cultural enrichment. The skills developed through this course will assist pre-service educators to further develop students’ cognitive thinking, imagination, and critical reflection in conceptual and practical ways through a range of viewpoints such as personal, social, cultural and historical. This is the first of two Arts courses situated in the primary program and as such provides an important foundation to develop the confidence, skills and expertise for pre-service educators to teach this key learning area.


This foundation course explores how the five arts subjects of The Australian Curriculum - The Arts: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts can be planned, taught, and experienced by a diverse range of learners. To effectively engage diverse learners in arts- based learning activities teachers must develop arts-specific knowledge including the skills and pedagogy to assist a range of learners. Through this course pre-service educators will develop understanding about the unique nature of the arts and develop their skills to encourage and guide learners to explore and represent their ideas, develop skills and techniques in a range of arts forms, share artworks through performance, presentation or display and respond to and interpret artworks. Although the five arts forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways this course will also focus on their individual practices, terminology and unique contribution to society. The multiple roles of teachers including how to access specialist services such as visiting performances and teacher professional development will also be included to emphasise the importance of engaging in professional learning and with the school and wider community.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service educators should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of strategies to teach content of the five Arts forms and meet the learning needs of students (APST 2.1);
  2. identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement (APST 4.1);
  3. identify strategies to plan for and implement effective arts-based methods to provide curriculum learning opportunities for students (APST 3.3);
  4. demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies used in the Arts including formative and summative approaches to assess student learning (APST 5.1);
  5. access relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teaching the Arts (APST 6.2);
  6. use specialised arts expertise including research, associations and organisations, to broaden professional knowledge and practice and to enhance engagement with the arts in the school community (APST 7.4).


Description Weighting(%)
1. The importance of the Arts in education – different ways of knowing 15.00
2. The Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy: Dance, Drama, Music 20.00
3. The Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy: Media Arts, Visual Arts 20.00
4. Planning for and assessing in the Arts 30.00
5. Professional learning and engagement with the Arts in the school and wider community 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Dinham, J 2020, Delivering authentic arts education, 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne, Victoria.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 02 Apr 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 28 May 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. E-mail and Internet access: Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

  3. On-campus enrolments: Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

Date printed 19 June 2020