Knowing about the Curriculum

Understanding and implementing the Australian Curriculum is the responsibility of teachers in schools. Knowing that the skills and knowledge you bring into the school will compliment, enrich and support teachers in the delivery of the curriculum is a real advantage and will help shape your work for implementation in schools.

The arts industry complements the Arts provision for young people in schools, through programs, partnerships and by increasingly providing specialist services for schools, as appropriate. This includes enriching and complementing the curriculum through experiences such as visiting performances, demonstrations and exhibitions, artists in residence teacher professional development and access for students and teachers to specialised facilities in galleries, concert halls, theatres and other arts venues.
Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (August 2011)


The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum: The Arts (Foundation - Year 10) can be located on the Australian Curriculum website.

In the Australian Curriculum, the Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, practice in each involves different approaches to practical and critical thinking and reflects distinct bodies of knowledge and understanding.

'The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The five Arts subjects in the Australian Curriculum are Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, and Visual Arts. Together they provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.' Rationale (introductory passage)

The curriculum document describes: The Arts across Foundation to Yr 10;  Achievement Standards; Diversity of Learners; General Capabilities; Cross-curriculum Priorities; Links to other Learning Areas; and Implications of Implementation. It then details the five Arts subjects across the five bands - Foundation to Year 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10 and includes Content Descriptions and Achievement Standards.

The Arts curriculum recognises the importance of the role of the Arts Industry (artists, arts organisations and companies) in arts education in Australian schools.

Click here to view the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (Feb, 2013)

Click here to view the Australian Curriculum: The Arts


The impact on planning / programming an artist’s work

Offering a workshop or project which is integrated across the curriculum and aligned with the Australian Curriculum makes it more relevant to schools and teachers and has the potential to support teachers in the delivery of the curriculum. You might prefer to plan collaboratively with the school to combine the skills you offer with a particular curriculum focus. This style of partnership has significant reciprocal benefits for both artists and teachers.

The Arts Learning Area

The Arts Learning Area incorporates Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts and aims to develop in all children:

  • dispositions and capacities to understand and engage in creation/re-creation and presentation/performance in each of the major arts forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts; combinations of these arts forms and those that are newly emergent.
  • aesthetic understanding by critically responding to and confidently communicating their analyses of arts works.
  • a contextual perspective for considering and valuing the relationships and interconnections which exist within and across different cultures.
  • an understanding that arts both shape and represent the cultures through which they are expressed, thus contributing to the dynamic nature of personal and group identity.
  • knowledge, understanding and skills in each of the five major arts forms and a capacity to participate actively in constructing new realities and new possibilities through the creation of arts works.
  • capacities to apply arts learning to other Learning Areas, to life in the wider community, to the virtual community, and in accessing further education and training.

Click here to view SACSA - South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework