EMA441 Curriculum Method 1: Visual Art (8)

In this subject students develop a foundational understanding of secondary visual arts education, Years 7-12. The subject begins with an examination of visual arts as a discipline and the self as learner. From this foundation the subject then addresses understandings of learning in visual arts, local and global curriculum, the nature of visual arts teaching in schools and sites of learning beyond the classroom. Through engagement with these topics students will develop an understanding of approaches to visual arts education, theories and practice with a focus on how to engage students in the secondary years in meaningful, rigorous and purposeful learning. Forms of assessment include digital storytelling, curriculum responses and the development of curriculum planning documents and resources. Formal assessment focuses on the development and expression of knowledge in relation to visual arts education and the application of developing knowledge and skills to authentic practice- based tasks.  


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMA441. 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 Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Entry into the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Education (Health and PE) or as determined by the course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the nature of learners and learning in secondary visual arts
  • be able to understand visual arts curriculum and the concepts underpinning its development andimplementation
  • be able to plan teaching and learning in visual arts to meet the needs of diverse learners and contexts
  • be able to understand and apply approaches to pedagogy in secondary visual arts
  • be able to identify, use and develop resources for secondary visual arts


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • The foundations of visual arts education
  • Learning in visual arts
  • Curriculum in visual arts
  • Teaching visual arts
  • Places of learning beyond the classroom
  • Reflecting on and evaluating teaching and learning


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.