Courses & Units

Thesis - Research Project A FSA422



Full-time students will enrol in FSA422 and FSA423 concurrently in the same semester;  and part-time students will enrol in FSA422 and FSA423 over two consecutive semesters.


In the case of Honours (Studio Research) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying exegesis based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project investigated in the Defining the Field unit, and the work completed for the Studio Project Design and Studio Project Development units. Your completed thesis is exhibited in the Honours Examination Exhibition installed in various locations throughout the Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA), with key representative work/s included in the group Honours show in the Plimsoll Gallery.

In the case of Honours (Art & Design Theory Research) candidates, the thesis is a written document of 15,000 words based on your own primary or secondary research building on the preliminary work completed for the Theory Project Design and Defining the Field units. Your completed thesis should be presented as a softbound document for final examination.


Unit name Thesis - Research Project A
Unit code FSA422
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Arts

Anne MacDonald

Teaching staff

Anne MacDonald and relevant studio or theory staff 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
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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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
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* 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

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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FSA413; and either FSA411 OR FSA414 OR FSA412 OR FSA418

Mutual Exclusions

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

FSA424 and FSA425


Teaching Pattern

Regular supervisory meetings and group critiques


Commenced in FSA422 Thesis-Research Project A(25%) and completed in FSA423 Thesis-Research Project B(25%). The final thesis, and accompanying exegesis for Studio Research candidates, will be examined at the conclusion of FSA423.

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