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EDUP1016: Education and the Arts 1

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDUP1016
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Victoria Campbell,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Drama and Visual Arts Learning Experience:
Learning experience
40% Week 08
Due date: 18 Sep 2023 at 23:59
1,700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Reflective Arts Journal
Reflective Arts Journal
60% Week 13
Due date: 01 Nov 2023 at 23:59
2,800 words or equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

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 Arts Journal. Students are asked to provide 4 journal entries, one for each artform - Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Dance.  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.

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

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 10 DANCE: Non Art Dance / Art Dance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 DANCE: Introduction to Elements of Dance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 DANCE: The Performing Arts in Schools Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site:

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. (2020). 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, creativity, collaboration and communication skills, plus 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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