Learning and Teaching

There are many ways to study arts education with us both as a teacher candidate and as an education professional. We offer programs and pathways for Secondary specialist teachers, Early Childhood and Primary generalist teachers who want to focus on arts education.

Under our team’s guidance you will explore:

  • the artistic and cultural curriculum
  • the teacher as artist, the artist as teacher
  • arts pedagogy and learning in the arts
  • creativity and the arts
  • arts education in the community
  • social impact of the arts
  • the teacher as researcher in arts-based contexts

Become a teacher

Master of Teaching

Early childhood

Teacher candidates undertaking a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) have the opportunity to undertake extended practical and theoretical studies based on learning about and through visual arts, drama, movement and music in early childhood.

Available arts education subjects:

Primary – opportunities for the generalist teacher

In the first year of study, teacher candidates undertaking a Master of Teaching (Primary) undertake eighteen weeks of intensive practical and theoretical studies based on learning about and through visual arts, drama, movement and music. Students also have the opportunity to select an elective arts subject in the second year of the program.

Available arts education subjects:

Primary – arts pathway

Master of Teaching (Primary) students can choose to take an Arts Pathway and this will be acknowledged by a certificate presented to them upon graduation.

To meet the requirements of the Arts Pathway students must:

  1. Successfully pass Primary Arts Education;
  2. Enrol in and pass the elective subject Arts and Artistry: Studio to Classroom;
  3. Undertake an Arts related topic for the following subjects: Researching Education Practice Prim A and Researching Education Practice Prim B
  4. Successfully pass one of the Arts Area Capstone Projects Education Capstone Research Proj. (Prim) (the choice of projects may change year to year).


Teacher candidates undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are required to undertake studies in two key learning areas. View secondary learning area guidelines for more information.

Available arts education subjects:

Drama (one learning area)

Music (two learning areas)

Visual Arts (two learning areas)

Teaching Shakespeare

Teacher candidates studying the Masters of Teaching can elect to complete their final 50 points from the suite of subjects available in the Teaching Shakespeare course.

Courses for education professionals

Masters of Education coursework and Postgraduate Certificate of Arts Education

There are a range of courses available for students wanting to specialise in arts education.

Available arts education subjects:

Professional Certificate in Arts Education

The Professional Certificate in Arts Education covers topics including student engagement, arts-based learning and pedagogy. You will critically engage with issues, practices and theories about learning in and through the arts in diverse settings. The program is relevant to arts education specialists, generalist teachers, artists, community educators and other practitioners who work with children and young people. It offers generalist preparation to teach the arts, with the opportunity to focus specifically on music, the visual arts or drama.

This program provides a pathway to other graduate coursework and research programs.

Compulsory subjects:

Teaching Shakespeare

This course offers new and engaging ways of teaching Shakespeare in drama, English or Humanities classrooms and in community settings. It draws on innovative practices from theatre and drama education, as well as literature studies.

View Teaching Shakespeare course page for more information.

Research degrees

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is widely recognised as a leader in Australian education research.

Our Arts Education experts have a wealth of experience in supervising research students for a diverse range of arts, education and cross–disciplinary projects.

View more information about current and past student research projects

Breadth subjects

Arts Education offers a range of breadth subjects which targets over 350 undergraduate students per year from a diverse range of faculties within the university.

Arts Practice and Engagement

  • Creative projects: digital technologies
  • Creativity, play and the arts
  • Story and the Arts
  • Youth/arts: expressing cultural identities

Creativity, the arts and young people

  • Drawing, painting and sensory knowing
  • Spontaneous drama improv and learning communities
  • School of rock and informal education
  • Printing, collage and social engagement
  • Devising drama in learning communities

Capstone subjects

Capstone subjects and experiences represent the culmination of theoretical approaches and applied work practice experiences in the senior year of an undergraduate degree.

The choice of Arts Area Capstone Projects may vary from year to year but all projects will focus on the use of research to inform and improve education practice.

Candidates will undertake a semester long research project. Throughout the semester candidates will receive ongoing supervision from a member of academic staff through campus or school-based group workshops. This subject will culminate with Candidates synthesizing the findings of their research in a written form such as a conference paper, journal article or report. Candidates will also be expected to report findings to the education community in which the research took place.