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Visual Arts Education Major


Equips students with the skills and knowledge to teach Years 7 to 12 Visual Arts, with an emphasis on visual literacy foundations.

Emphasis is also placed upon collaborative teaching processes, whilst acknowledging the importance of individual creative practice.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical visual arts education challenges.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  4. Demonstrate global awareness and respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific responses.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex visual arts learning experiences.
  7. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable and ethical values.


Students are required to complete 10 Content units and 2 Curriculum units. Content units educate students in the subject area and the Curriculum units explain how to teach the subject area to others.

Content Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
AED1110Introduction to Ceramics15
VIS1305Materials and Methods: Approaches to Studio15
VIS2520Journaling and Drawing15
VIS2120Painting Studio 115
VIS2315Art History: Enduring Traces15
VIS2140Printmaking Studio 1: Intaglio and Relief15
PHO3120Reconfigured Images15
CUR4210Curriculum Enrichment for the Major Secondary Specialisation15
Plus 2 units from:
VIS2130 ^Spatial Studio15
VIS3120 ^Painting Studio 215
VIS3140 ^Printmaking Studio 2: Photographic Processes15
TDD3210 ^Glass Design15
DTM2104 ^Materials Design and Technology 315
Curriculum Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
AED2203Art Education Foundations15
AED2303Lower Secondary Art Education (Years 7-9)15

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to seek employment in both government and non-government secondary schools teaching Visual Arts, and have the option to also work as specialist Kindergarten to Year 6 Visual Arts teachers.

Possible future job titles

Visual Arts Teacher

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