Courses & Units

Contemporary Visual Theory FSA412



For Honours (Theory Research) students only


The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in critical analysis and argument in relation to current theoretical debates and methodologies in the visual arts that are relevant to your research concerns. In consultation with your Honours supervisor, you will develop, research and write two essays. The first will analyse the usefulness of one of the following approaches in Contemporary Visual Theory - marxism, feminism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonialism and phenomenology - while the second essay will be on a topic related to, but distinct from that of your Honours thesis.


Unit name Contemporary Visual Theory
Unit code FSA412
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Arts

Teaching staff

Honours Coordinator, Anne MacDonald; Art and Design Theory Coordinator, Dr. Llewellyn Negrin; relevant theory lecturers as required.

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $1,611.00 2018: $4,568.00 100301

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FSA413 and FSA418

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Regular supervisory meetings by arrangement


2x 3,000 word essays each worth 50%

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