Arts Education specialisation

Master of Education

Gain the knowledge and skills to play a leading role in fostering creativity through this specialisation designed for creative practitioners and arts education professionals.

Led by the largest school of arts education specialists in the country, the Arts Education specialisation involves a critical inquiry into arts-based engagement, learning, pedagogy and practice. You will engage with issues, practices and theories about learning in and through the arts in diverse settings.

Please note: this specialisation is available within the Master of Education, and is not a separate course. The regular Master of Education CRICOS code applies.

Art meets technology

This specialisation utilises the University’s state-of-the-art arts education space studioFive. Comprising specialist studios for drama, music and visual art, studioFive is a multi- purpose technology-rich facility that can be tailored to teaching styles in each artistic discipline from media to dance.


Relevant to arts education specialists, generalist teachers, artists, community educators and other practitioners who work with children and young people, this specialisation allows you to specifically focus on music, the visual arts or drama.


Upon successful completion of the program you will:

  • Have an advanced theoretical understanding of current research, debates, policies and practices in arts education from multidisciplinary and global perspectives
  • Be able to create and implement an effective arts-based learning environment
  • Be able to critically analyse educational theories, debates, policies and practice through evidence-based research
  • Be able to evaluate the social, cultural, political and historical contexts informing education policies and practices
  • Be able to critique and apply multidisciplinary educational theories and evidence-based research to inform policy and/or improve professional practice.

Sample course plan (full-time)

Students with 100 points of advanced standing enter in year two.

Year 1

Semester 1

Understanding Education in Context

Local Literacies in Global Contexts

International Issues in Arts Education

Leading a Learning Community

Semester 2

Resilience and Relationships

The Student as Learner

Student Wellbeing: Current Approaches

Story, Children and the Arts

Year 2

Semester 1

Engagement and the Arts

Arts Practice and Evaluation

Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions

Linking School and Community

Semester 2

Communities of Art Practice

Identity, Culture and the Arts

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core