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The Arts



The Australian Curriculum: The Arts includes five Arts subjects. These are Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. The curriculum entitles all Australian students to engage with these five Arts subjects throughout primary school with opportunities for students to specialise in one or more Arts subjects from the beginning of secondary school. Many schools already offer all five Arts subjects. States and territories that already offer more than one Arts subject at the beginning of secondary school will continue to do so.
 

Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The writing of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts commenced in 2011 with input from advisory group members and writers following extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, critical friend review and international benchmarking. It was developed with reference to the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (2010) and the Curriculum Design Paper v3.0 (ACARA 2012). Following validation of the F-10 achievement standards during 2013, the final F-10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts (content and achievement standards) was approved by the ACARA Board for submission to Ministers.
 
Ministers formally endorsed the Arts curriculum in late July subject to further consultation with Western Australia. Issues were discussed by the ACARA Board in September 2013 prior to review by senior education officials from all states and territories in November 2013. The Arts curriculum was made available to states and territories for their use via  the Australian Curriculum website on 18 February 2014.

 

Validation of achievement standards

Validation of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts achievement standards commenced on 11 February 2013. The purpose of validation is to ensure that the achievement standards provide a clear progression of achievement across each band of learning. As part of this process, ACARA hosted workshops with teachers and curriculum experts from across the country to critique and provide feedback about the pitch, progression and clarity of the achievement standards. The revised curriculum prepared for the validation of achievement standards was available for viewing on the ACARA website from February to July 2013. The revised curriculum for validation of the achievement standards was not a formal consultation document. Additional refinements were undertaken in response to feedback from participants in the validation process.

 

Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Consultation

The Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 was developed from October 2011 – June 2012. This was developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities and the Arts industry and community. Teachers, students, parents, arts educators, the Arts industry and community provided valuable feedback during the consultation process that closed on 25 September 2012. 

View the Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation – Year 10 Consultation Report
 
View the composition of the Arts advisory group (Writing phase)
 

Shaping of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts was developed in 2009 – 10. It sets the broad direction for the writing of the Australian Curriculum for the Arts. This has been developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities and the Arts industry and community.


Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts sets the broad direction for the writing of the Australian Curriculum for the Arts. This has been developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities and the Arts industry and community.

Bibliography for the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts


Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts Consultation Report

Consultation on the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts was held between October 2010 and January 2011. ACARA received over 1600 responses nationally to the online questionnaire and 166 written submissions.

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum : The Arts Consultation Report


Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts was developed in 2010. Significant consultation occurred across Australia. The comments, suggestions and findings of the consultation informed the final Shape of the Australia Curriculum: The Arts.


The Arts initial advice paper

Following the position paper, ACARA appointed Professor John O’Toole, as the lead writer for the development of the Shape Paper for the Arts. With the assistance of an advisory group, and discipline contributors for each art form (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts) Professor O’Toole drafted the initial Advice Paper, which was examined at a national forum on 3 May 2010. The national forum included over 180 experts, teachers and stakeholders across the education and Arts communities.


Advisory Group for the Arts (Shaping phase)

The advisory group for the shaping phase offered advice about the development of the Australian Curriculum for the Arts. The advisory group included academics, school leaders, teachers, members of professional associations and curriculum experts from across Australia.

View the composition of the Arts advisory group (Shaping phase)


The Arts position paper

The development of the Australian Curriculum for the Arts began with a position paper in relation to key matters, including the definition of the Arts, the organisation of the curriculum, the structure of the curriculum for the senior courses and the Arts' relationship to other learning areas and subjects.

In developing the position paper for the Arts curriculum, ACARA was assisted by a reference group composed of teachers, school leaders, academics and curriculum experts.

View the composition of The Arts Reference group.

 

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