EMA210 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts (8)

In this subject students will build an understanding of the processes of planning and assessing creative arts with young children through working with a child and considering the intent of both the K-2 Creative Arts syllabus and the EYLF. They will observe, analyse and plan for and with a child to provide appropriate developmental learning activities. Students will demonstrate their understandings of various theoretical perspectives that inform arts education, and to critically analyse what they observe. They will access samples of children's work on line, analyse the information about the child's learning available in the samples and apply backward mapping processes to consider appropriate strategies for teaching the outcomes in child centred classrooms.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMA210. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Incompatible Subjects

EMA114, EMA301, EMA303, EMA415

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate children's work samples to understand their learning;
  • be able to plan developmentally appropriate creative arts activities for learners;
  • be able to use backward mapping to plan teaching in the creative arts;
  • be able to design effective creative arts learning experiences;
  • understand the importance of appropriate assessment of the creative arts and how this supports teacher knowledge of a child's level of learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assessment approaches in creative arts
  • The creative arts syllabus expectations and content
  • Planning creative arts learning experiences in school classrooms
  • Creating professional presentations using ICT tools
  • Theories of art learning and development
  • Stages of creative development and learning
  • Children's responses to creative tasks
  • Talking with parents about children's creative arts tasks


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.