EMA442 Curriculum Method 2: Visual Arts (8)

In this subject, students develop and deepen their understanding of secondary Visual Arts education, 7-12, with a focus on the NSW Stage 6 Visual Arts syllabus. The curriculum involves a practice-based approach that models, analyses and approximates teaching and learning. Students develop their understandings of Visual Arts curriculum, continuums of learning, approaches to pedagogy and assessment in Visual Arts. Students explore the perspectives of learners in Visual Arts, engage in collaborative examinations and approximations of teaching and develop connections to the community. Learning culminates in involvement in a documented online student event and development of a portfolio of professional teaching resources. Forms of assessment include digital presentations, curriculum documents, collaborative learning space development, investigative processes along with simulated assessment and reporting. Assessments focus on the application of knowledge and skills in a series of integrated and authentic practice-based contexts and tasks.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMA442. 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

This subject is available to students entering into the following courses:

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (K - 12)
Bachelor of Educational Studies

or as determined by the Course Director.

Assumed Knowledge

Student has completed subject EMA441 prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the knowledge base and models of pedagogy underpinning the principles and practices of Visual Arts teaching and learning and the place of Visual Arts (Stage 6) in the continuum of learning in Creative Arts K-12;
  • be able to contribute to a community of professional practice to achieve educational goals;
  • be able to develop teaching, learning, and assessment sequences that apply curriculum requirements and the concepts, values, principles, and pedagogical practices of Visual Arts (Stage 6);
  • be able to describe strategies for differentiating teaching, learning and assessment to cater for the needs and abilities of diverse learners;
  • be able to design and evaluate learning experiences aligned with assessment processes that incorporate the social justice principles of equity, diversity and inclusive environments as appropriate to Visual Arts (Stage 6);
  • be able to employ ICT applications to assess and report on student learning and achievement of specific syllabus outcomes; and
  • be able to explain the management practices required of Visual Arts teachers including safety and risk management, budgeting, selecting, storing, maintaining and replacing materials, equipment and other resources.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Continuums in art education
  • The Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus (2016) including aims, objectives, outcomes, content, course requirements, key terms, assessment and examination materials
  • HSC performances and submitted works, Visual Arts performance band descriptions and samples of work
  • Life Skills outcomes and content, and sample units of work
  • The principles and practices of teaching and learning Visual Arts with a focus on artmaking
  • Engaging with community
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in Visual Arts
  • Models of pedagogy for teaching, learning and assessing Visual Arts (Stage 6)
  • Strategies for teaching and assessing Visual Arts practices (Stage 6)
  • Supporting students with varying abilities to access the Visual Arts curriculum and demonstrate achievement
  • The use of digital resources and tools, including the selection of appropriate digital content, to complement teaching strategies, enhance learning sequences and meet curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements in Visual Arts (Stage 6)
  • Management practices for Visual Arts teachers including safety and risk management, budgeting, selecting, storing, maintaining and replacing materials, equipment and other resources
  • NESA assessment requirements for the Higher School Certificate for Visual Arts
  • Employing ICT applications to support specific syllabus outcomes, content and processes
  • Assessment and reporting Visual Arts (Stage 6)
  • Reflection in teaching and learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMA442 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Digital diary & exhibition development
Forum participation
Stage 6 case study
Assessment of artmaking

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.