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EDUP1016: Education and the Arts 1

Creativity is one of the 4C's deemed crucial for 21st century learning. Fostering creativity in the primary classroom and in pedagogy more generally is central to Education and the Arts 1. This unit offers rich experiences in the four Creative Arts strands: Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Dance. It utilises experiential learning approaches and combines both theoretical and practical/studio practice across a range of artforms appropriate to K-6 classrooms.


Academic unit Education
Unit code EDUP1016
Unit name Education and the Arts 1
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Victoria Campbell,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Drama and Visual Arts Learning Experience:
Learning experience
40% Week 07 1,600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Reflective Arts Journal
Reflective Arts Journal
60% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
2,900 words or equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Drama and Visual Arts Learning Experience: In pairs select one artwork from either the Art Gallery of NSW, or The Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Chau Chak Wing Museum.. Specify why you have chosen this artwork, including research about the artist. Using your chosen artwork as a stimulus develop two learning experiences for a specific stage, one for Drama and one for Visual Art.  Detailed information for this assessment can be found on Canvas


Reflective Arts Journal: Students will document their journey through the Creative Arts in a reflective digital scrapbook. Students are asked to provide one journal entry per week, (12 entries in total) for the Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Dance experiences.  Entries should be critical reflections, not purely descriptive, and be supported by wider reading.  Implications for future teaching and professional learning also need to be considered - Detailed information for this assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Assessment grading

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 DRAMA: Beginning in educational drama; The forms and elements of drama; Drama and the 4 C’s - creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking; Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 DRAMA: Developing literacy through drama; Using drama to explore children's literary texts; integrating drama with other KLAs Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 DRAMA: Storytelling and Readers' Theatre. Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 VISUAL ARTS: Introduction to Visual Arts and Visual Arts Education Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 VISUAL ARTS: Children’s artistic development Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 VISUAL ARTS:Curriculum development in Visual Arts including subject matter, forms and learning/teaching process Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 MUSIC: Introduction to Concepts of Music and Playing Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 MUSIC: Singing and Listening Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 MUSIC: Organising Sound, Connecting Music to other KLA Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 DANCE: Non Art Dance / Art Dance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 DANCE: Introduction to Elements of Dance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 DANCE: The Performing Arts in Schools Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings


  • Required text: Gibson, R., & Ewing, R. (2011). Transforming the curriculum through the arts. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Required text: NSW Department of Education and Training. (2000). Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Author.
  • Required text: Ewing, R., & Simons, J. (2016). Beyond the script: Drama in the English and literacy classroom: Take 3 (3rd ed.). Sydney: PETA.

NB: All readings for this unit are on the Canvas reading list.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the rationale for including the Creative Arts in the NSW curriculum
  • LO2. Develop and demonstrate understanding of the various Elements, Concepts, Forms and Subject Matter of Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Dance as outlined in the NSW Creative Arts Syllabus
  • LO3. Plan purposeful Creative Arts experiences for primary children; gain the skills and confidence to effectively teach these in the classroom
  • LO4. Reflect critically about how the Creative Arts can be used as a powerful tool to develop learning across the NSW K-6 curriculum
  • LO5. Become creative and imaginative thinkers; begin to understand how the Creative Arts develop critical thinking skills and the importance of different perspectives and learning styles.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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