Australian Curriculum

Arts Participation and Student Academic OutcomesAustralian research has identified the value of participating in arts experiences in school. The study is based on 643 primary and secondary school students from 15 schools over the course of two years.

Art Education Australia (AEA) Response to NESA's Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus Development and Consultation (May 2018)

As the national body for visual arts education in Australia, Australian Art Education (AEA) endorses the NAAE media release regarding the ‘Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus Development’ occuring in NSW. As a founding member of NAAE we also hold strong concerns regarding a number of national issues with the proposed NSW ‘Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus’ including:

  • The exclusion of Media Arts as one of the five arts forms currently included in the Australian Curriculum: The Arts; and
  • The decision to replace the major interrelated strand  of ‘Responding’ with ‘Investigating’.

Exclusion of Media Arts inhibits the holistic and relational Arts learning experience our Australian CurriculumThe Arts was endorsed to deliver. In Australia, Media Arts teachers support students to work with media arts practices to connect audiences, purposes and ideas, exploring concepts and viewpoints through the creative use of materials and technologies. As an art form evolving in the 21st century, Media Arts enables students to use existing and emerging technologies as they explore imagery, text and sound and create meaning as they participate in, experiment with and interpret diverse cultures and communications practices.

In the culturally diverse and rapidly growing technological world in which we live, opportunity to engage in quality Visual and Media Arts learning experiences is integral to ensuring Australian students can experience The Arts holistically, relationally and equally. To deny Media Arts in a 21st century education is not preparing students for a technologically integrated future.

All of the State, Territory  and Federal Arts Ministers endorsed the Australian Curriculum: The Arts in 2013 and 2015. Given the rigorous and collaborative process of consultation and development underpinning the nationally and state/territory endorsed Australian Curriculum: The Arts, the proposed change from ‘Responding’ to ‘Investigating’, which appears to be aligned more closely to a scientific or clinical perspective rather than an embodied sensory one, is not adequately substantiated in compelling evidence.

One of the purposes of developing a national curriculum in Australia was to ensure any student who had to move interstate would receive an equitable education with similar content and structure. It appears if this consultation process is not challenged, any K-6 students (or teachers) moving from or to NSW will be disadvantaged due to the removal of one of the key arts forms and the change in language of one of the major interrelated strands within the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

We urge reconsideration is given to this proposed change particularly given the extensive consulation process and feedback from teachers and stakeholders from the education sector regarding the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. These concerns have been submitted to NESA, in further detail, via the process outlined for the consultation process.


Art Education Australia


NAAE Welcomes Final Endorsement of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) welcomes the endorsement of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts by the Australian Education Council, and the release of the updated Australian Curriculum website (version 8.0). In response to the review's concerns about the 'crowded curriculum', ACARA has introduced optional, single learning area achievement standards for The Arts, while keeping existing subject specific achievement standards as an alternative (NAAE's preferred option). There will be no changes to content descriptions.

NAAE's Response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts

The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) strongly urges the review panel to enable the Australian Curriculum: The Arts to be implemented in its present form, allowing processes of refinement to be managed by classroom teachers. It is a living document that can be refined by expert arts educators as it unfolds across the country.


The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (The Draft Shape Paper) is being designed to provide advice to writing teams on the nature of learning and the nature of curriculum in each of the artforms of Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. It follows the Initial Advice paper: The Arts presented to invited arts educators, jurisdictions and industry representatives at the Arts Forum held in Sydney on 3 May 2010. Following this forum, feedback was given to writers which have formed the basis of the Draft Shape Paper.

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