The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with knowledge and skills to apply a range of visual pedagogies and their inquiry-based learning strategies into the classroom to address the centrality of the image in contemporary communication and learning. It is suitable for all pre-service teachers, primary and secondary. This practical course is underpinned by a range of learning perspectives such as social, cultural, multimodal learning, critical self-reflection, wellbeing, equity and inclusivity, material and digital learning and the visual narrative. Through creative approaches to 21st century learning the course builds the skills of the pre-service teacher to develop pedagogies that allow them to integrate the image as a cognitive tool into all classrooms effectively.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the debates that underpin contemporary literacies, learning in the imaged, digital global world.

2. Develop skills as a self-reflective teacher through arts-based inquiry, applying discursive practices through personalised visual and written narratives.

3. Utilise arts-based pedagogies in KLA areas or as an integrated curriculum design strategy

4. Create, Design and critique arts-based learning objects and their application as pedagogical tools in material and digital contexts, suitable for Stage 3-10


1.            Contemporary Literacies, multimodality and the imaged digital and globalised world.

2.            Postmodernism, learning narratives, local and global cultures

3.            What are visual narratives and how do they work in contemporary society and education?

4.            Creative visual narrative design and KLA learning applications

5.            Issues of subjectivity, creativity and wellbeing and the role of the arts in strong inclusive school cultures.

6.            How to construct perzines (personal zines) and other arts-based contemporary writing strategies at an age appropriate level for Stage 3-10


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay on the role of the image and arts based learning

Project: Learning objects and Perzine Pedagogies

Portfolio: Reflective and discursive portfolio