Courses & Units

Defining the Field FSA413

Hobart, Launceston


The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to your Honours project. This should include the work of contemporary visual artists and/or designers as well as those from the past, but with an emphasis on recent work.

For Honours (Professional) and Honours (Studio Research) candidates, this unit is important in enabling you to situate the concerns informing your practice in the context of current theoretical ideas and critical debate in the visual arts as well as defining the field of visual arts practice to which your work is making a contribution. For Honours (Studio Research) candidates, the research conducted for this unit will form the basis for your exegesis in second semester which will accompany your final studio submission.

For Honours (Theory Research) candidates, this unit is important in enabling you to define the field of art theoretical ideas and critical debate to which your work is making a contribution, as well as situating the concerns informing your theoretical investigation in relation to key examples of visual arts practice. The research conducted for this unit will lay the groundwork for your thesis submission in second semester.

You will initially receive assistance in identifying search terms and bibliographic references relating to your area of inquiry, and go on to develop a tailored programme of reading. The seminar programme provides opportunities for you to report on your progress in identifying key theoretical writings and works of art and/or design relevant to your Honours project.


Unit name Defining the Field
Unit code FSA413
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Honours Coordinator, Anne MacDonald; Lecturers, Art and Design Theory Coordinator, Dr. Llewellyn Negrin and relevant studio or 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
Launceston Semester 1 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 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 100301

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

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



FSA411 and FSA414 or FSA412


Teaching Pattern

The unit is delivered via a sequence of methodology sessions, student led presentations, discussions and critiques


3,000-4,000 words annotated bibliography 100%

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