Details for Creative Arts: Part A

In this subject, pre-service teachers enhance their creative capacities and develop a knowledge base in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for the K-6 Creative Arts syllabuses developed by NESA and ACARA, with a particular emphasis on K-3.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CRS221
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Creative Arts: Part A

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

In this subject, pre-service teachers enhance their creative capacities and develop a knowledge base in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for the K-6 Creative Arts syllabuses developed by NESA and ACARA, with a particular emphasis on K-3. The aim is to build understanding and skills in critically analysing and evaluating contemporary theory, content and issues in Music and Visual Arts as well as Drama, Dance and Media Arts, as applied in the primary classroom context. It equips pre-service teachers with teaching methodologies and practical strategies to effectively teach Creative Arts, with an emphasis on assessment, examination, reporting and curriculum evaluation.


  1. Critique Creative Arts materials choices relative to student age, culture and faith backgrounds;
  2. Develop skills and techniques within each of the Creative Arts forms;
  3. Program and assess concepts, skills and techniques across the Creative Arts forms appropriate to the learning stages for levels K-3;
  4. Describe the administrative and communication elements of Creative Arts events, exhibitions and performances;
  5. Apply a Christian school or alternate school context to Creative Arts in a primary school aged context for specific learning needs

Subject Content

  1. Introduction: Demonstration and practice of teaching strategies for identifying and developing creative expression; making, performing and appreciating Creative Arts, including Music, Drama, Dance, Media Arts and Visual Arts; thematic issues; performing, composing and creating in a range of contexts; integrated with other KLA’s; embedded literacy and numeracy concepts; Creative Arts from a Christian and alternate school contexts place of primary creative arts in the continuum of learning from K-12;
  2. Principles and practices of teaching and learning and assessment and reporting in the Creative Arts e.g. models of pedagogy, differentiating the curriculum, lesson planning, structure, organisation, and implementation; knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  3. Philosophical foundations for creative arts education; linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic diversities; knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds; physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning; Australia and its region e.g. Australian Indigenous, Chinese, Indonesian, Islamic, Indian; models of pedagogy for teaching and assessing creative arts; a range of strategies for teaching, assessing and reporting on Creative Arts curriculum;
  4. Classroom control e.g. application of behavioural management theories, managing students with challenging behaviours, conflict resolution, group dynamics and moderation, time management; creation and maintenance of safe working spaces; curriculum differentiation; knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities, and those with a disability; creation and maintenance of safe working spaces
  5. Relationships between artist, artworks and audience; techniques in the use of, and teaching methodology and assessment for a range of mediums; teacher actions promoting student learning; creating a supportive learning environment; encouraging reflective thought and action; enhancing the relevance of new learning; facilitating shared learning; making connections to prior learning and experience; providing sufficient opportunities to learn; teaching as inquiry and e-learning and pedagogy;
  6. Years K-3 Creative Arts Syllabus and related curriculum including aim, objectives, outcomes, content, course requirements and key terms; ways of differentiating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners in the Creative Arts classroom; principles for programming, teaching strategies and assessment for Years K-3; using curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans, class projects in art, craft and design and technology e.g. cross-curricula potential, literacy demands of Creative Arts lessons and the language of critique; role and value of Creative Arts in the broader school curriculum and the relationship between Creative Arts, numeracy and literacy; Board of Studies assessment requirements for the Record of School Achievement; Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies;
  7. Impact of digital and technological advances e.g. printing, photography; digital portfolios; Blurred lines of media arts and visual arts; how to incorporate the safe and ethical use of ICT in the classroom; events and performance administration and management practices for Creative Arts teachers including safety and risk management, communication and promotion, budgeting, selecting, storing, maintaining and replacing materials, equipment and other resources.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face
  • Distance/ Global Online

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Professional e-Portfolio (30%)
  2. Assessing a Unit of Work (20%)
  3. Lesson Plan Sequence & YouTube Clip (20%)
  4. Minor Essay (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references