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EDUP2036: Education and the Arts 2

Education and the Arts 2 continues to develop skills, knowledge and key understandings about the transformative nature of the Creative Arts. A range of practical/studio work across a wide range of artforms is explored. An introduction to Media Arts is also incorporated into this unit.


Academic unit Education
Unit code EDUP2036
Unit name Education and the Arts 2
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

36cp of 1000-level EDUP units
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Victoria Campbell,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Digital Project:
Digital Process Diary
Due date: 31 May 2023 at 23:59
3000 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO5
Assignment group assignment Music and Dance Lesson Plan
Music and Dance Lesson plan
50% Week 08
Due date: 19 Apr 2023 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO6 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Music and Dance learning experience/ lesson plan: In pairs, students are expected to select one artwork, or a picture book, or a piece of music as a stimulus for their lesson plan. Specify why you have chosen this as a stimulus, including research about the artist, writer or composer. Develop two lesson plans for a specific stage, one for Music and one for Dance - Detailed information for this assessment can be found on Canvas. 

Digital project/digital process diary: Students are expected to document their journey through the Creative Arts in an electronic/digital form, through either a blog, film, digital story, vlog etc. They are asked to provide one entry for each of the 4 artforms, Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Dance (4 entries, approximately 750 words [equivalent] each).  Entries should be critical reflections, not purely descriptive, and demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, ideas and elements covered in the tutorials. Each entry should be a mixture of visual, and text- written and/or spoken. Detailed information for this assessment can be found on Canvas. 


Assessment criteria

 Detailed rubrics are provided for each assessment task and can be found on Canvas.

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.

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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.

Academic integrity

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Dance: Making Dance work - exploring stimuli & creating compositions Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Music: Making your own kind of music: creating compositions and working as an ensemble Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Music: Finding your voice - building vocal performance skills Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Music: Connecting with Music -investigating aural skills and cross-curricular links Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Drama: Playbuilding using pretexts- scaffolding and sequencing learning experiences Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Dance: Finding your groove - building performance skills Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Dance: Connecting with Dance - making cross-curricular links Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Drama: Puppetry - bringing inanimate objects to life; exploring voice and movement in puppetry Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Visual Arts: An exploration of puppetry as a 3D artform and a stimulus for storytelling and Media Arts Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Visual Arts: Exploring colour theory by using different colour schemes to create an artwork Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Visual Arts: Introduction to printmaking Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Drama: Exploring status variables in the classroom - teacher in role and mantle of the expert Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. 
  • Class requirements: Due to the experiential nature of the Creative Arts tutorials in this Unit, it is expected that students will attend all Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Drama tutorials.

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

All required texts, and other readings for this UOS are included on the Canvas reading list portal.

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. Develop further understanding for the rationale to include the Creative Arts in the NSW curriculum
  • LO2. Plan purposeful Creative Arts experiences for primary children and gain further skills and confidence to effectively teach these in the classroom, focusing on key processes, as outlined in the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus
  • LO3. Extend knowledge and expertise about the nature and scope of quality Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama experiences in the classroom in facilitating deep learning across the curriculum
  • LO4. Build understanding of the concepts of ‘critical literacy’ and ‘visual literacy’ and how the Creative Arts facilitate their development.
  • LO5. Further develop knowledge about how the Creative Arts acknowledges the importance of different perspectives and learning styles.
  • LO6. Develop knowledge about how imaginative and creative processes inform pedagogy and teacher identity
  • LO7. Further develop deep knowledge about how about how the 4 C’s - creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking - inform Creative Arts learning and practice.

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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