An Introduction to the Faculty of Education and Arts
The Faculty of Education and Arts was formed in 2014 and is active on six of the University’s seven campuses. It offers courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research level and is home to a diverse multicultural community of over 12,000 students.
The new Faculty brings more than 100 years of teacher education together with liberal arts and social science courses which challenge us to address questions about learning, knowledge, beliefs, actions and choices. The Faculty offers programs in a range of discipline areas including:
- Arts and Humanities
- Creative Arts, Visual Arts and Design
- Education including Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Religious Education Teaching
- Global Studies
- International Development Studies
- Indigenous Education
- Media Communication
- Social Sciences
- Youth Work
ACU’s distinctive concern for social justice and equity drives our commitment to nurture high quality graduates who are capable of effecting positive change in their local and broader communities. Our graduates are employed in private, Catholic and government schools, advertising, the arts, media, public relations, church agencies, private enterprise teaching and community services.
We have engaged with various overseas organisations to deliver capacity building programs for disadvantaged communities in countries including East Timor and Mauritius. The ACU Thai-Burma Program sees us partnering with universities from the United States and Canada to provide tertiary education to young refugees.
We have a commitment to offering you a rich, collegial research community, including an extensive network of internationally recognised researchers, working with a diverse range of partners. This allows experienced researchers, current HDR students and the education and arts community to undertake research into the key issues of our time. In addition to our research across our many disciplines, the Faculty hosts the ACU Learning Sciences Institute Australia. This Institute undertakes cutting edge research into issues that affect children, young people, families and communities. Current funded projects address issues in child protection and safety, early childhood, youth at risk, and a range of priority education areas, including literacy and reading, digital literacy and multimodalities, numeracy and mathematics, and educational assessment and learning analytics. Further, the Faculty is proud to host the La Salle Academy for Religious Education and the National Centre for Teacher Quality and Leadership. These three new entities carry forward the commitment of the Faculty of Education and Arts to high quality learning and teaching, productive partnerships, and the generation of new knowledge for improving the lives of young people.
Together, we can shape futures. We welcome you to the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU.
Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts