Unit description

This discipline unit aims to develop students’ knowledge of the central concepts of music, visual art, dance and drama, as well as personal competence in these areas. The unit also explores creativity and the importance of creative arts in the lives and education of children.

Unit content

The role of creativity and the creative arts in contemporary life including an Australian perspective with an emphasis on children’s creative arts education from birth to adolescence.

Broad and critical knowledge and understanding of the range of academic disciplines related to the creative arts, including recent theory and practice, academic literacy and the role of technology in communicating the creative arts.

Practical experiences in the creative arts in relation to the following disciplines:

  • dance; performing, composing and appreciating by engaging with the elements of dance through a range of contexts
  • drama; making, performing and appreciating by engaging in role, drama contexts, elements and forms
  • music; performing (singing, playing and moving), organising sound and listening by experiencing musical concepts within a wide range of repertoire
  • visual arts;  making and appreciating by engaging in concepts of the artist, artwork, the audience and the world through the use of a variety of subject matter and forms.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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