What you will study
In your first year you will be introduced to the foundations of education, learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning, commence studies in how to teach the junior visual arts curriculum and begin your study of art theory, as well as 2D and 3D art.
In your second year you will study the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and continue studies in the practice of visual arts education. You will continue your fine art discipline studies by exploring photomedia and have the opportunity to begin specialising in a particular area of art practice: 2D, 3D or photomedia (including time based media). You will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement, having an opportunity to teach visual arts in a secondary school.
In your third year you will study special education, or how to work with children who have additional learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn in a 20-day supervised professional experience placement. You will also continue studies in art theory, 4D video art, and your selected area of fine art specialisation.
In your final year you will study how to teach the senior visual arts curriculum. You will also study Aboriginal education, policy and issues, and study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area. You will also have the opportunity to complete elective courses of your choice. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will take leadership of a series of fine art classes in a secondary high school.
Additional specialisation options
In this program you will have the opportunity to take four elective courses. These may be taken in any area that you like, or in areas that will provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Areas of specialisation that are available in this program and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:
- study of history or drama as a second teaching area
- completion of a double major or further areas of fine art specialisation
- special education
- Honours research.
This degree program is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.