Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia offers you the opportunity to become familiar with the pivotal role that the arts and arts education plays in early childhood development. Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives allows students to explore a range of topics, and will encouraged you to familiarise yourself with the current research on childhood development, with particular focus on the role of the arts.

The unit requires students to consider and discuss the ways in which young children use forms of art to explore the world around them and express themselves. This online unit will give you a firm base of knowledge for working in arts education, and enables you to demonstrate their your ability to produce creative learning experiences for young children. Students will also be encouraged to engage in critical thinking, and will discuss and critically evaluate existing teaching materials and processes. 

 

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have completed the Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy Development unit

AND

  • Have completed the Early Childhood unit

AND

  • Be accepted into the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

Areas of study

In this teaching unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Unit overview: What constitutes the arts in early childhood? The nature of creativity
  • The arts as symbol systems
  • Art literacies, bodies of knowledge, the importance of metalanguage
  • Music: musicking in early childhood, musical elements, repertoire in children (birth-3 yrs)
  • Music: musical development, generative approaches to planning, repertoire in children (birth-3 yrs)
  • Music: approaches to planning and authentic assessment, children’s voices in assessment effort actions, and embodied symbols
  • Drama: forms and conventions of drama, dramatic plan in early childhood
  • Drama: working in role, process drama
  • Drama: pathways into drama, finding the pretext
  • Visual arts: ways of knowing – disrupting dichotomies, histories and tensions in visual arts, education, images of child in teaching
  • Visual arts: graphic languages and symbolic meaning making
  • Visual arts: questions of creativity, the role of the teacher, the environment, resources and materials, time
  • Reflections and connections: integration, connection and guaranteeing integrity

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five years), Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This online unit on Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives offers a range of useful learning outcomes, particularly for individuals who wish to pursue a career in early childhood education. Students will develop a firm understanding of the role of the arts in childhood development from birth until the age of five. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the role of drama, music and the visual arts.

Students will gain an understanding of how children use forms of art to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as how they use art to communicate and express themselves. The nature of creativity will be investigated and discussed, along with what can actually be classed as arts in the years of early childhood. 

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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