Creativity, Arts Practice and Community

Subject EDUC30063 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines links between creativity and arts practice in adult communities. It explores opportunities for learning, social and community renewal and cultural action afforded by community engagement with arts practice in a wide range of contemporary ‘non-arts’ contexts.
Students will be introduced to the principles of applied arts theory and practice, and will experience ‘applied arts learning on-site, in ‘real communities’. Through workshops, seminars and field work, students will have the opportunity to develop arts skills in a specific arts discipline or across a range of arts disciplines and will be introduced to theories of creativity, life-long learning, and community cultural development.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:

  • develop an understanding of the principles of applied arts in theory and practice;
  • observe and critique applied arts practice in community settings;
  • develop and apply skills in a specific arts discipline appropriate to an appropriate ‘applied arts’ setting;
  • work collaboratively with students and community members in an arts based project;
  • develop an understanding of theories of creativity and community cultural development.

There will be two items of assessment.
Item 1: Field Report, including observation and analysis of an applied arts setting 30%, 1200 words. Due Mid Semester

Item 2: Collaborative applied arts project including a written critical analysis of practice. 70%
Equivalent to 2800 words. Due End of Semester

Prescribed Texts:

Course readings will be provided.
Robinson, K, 1999, All our Futures: creativity, culture and education, London, National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Related Breadth Track(s): Creativity, the Arts and Learning Communities

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