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Critical Practices in Art: Encounters FSA115


Creating artwork involves encounters with objects, materials, ideas, cultures and other life forms. This unit will involve visits to Museums, Art Galleries and public artworks to investigate the many forms of collection and archive within a community. Public collections include a range of artefacts that define cultural histories and offer emotional, aesthetic and educational experiences. In contemporary art practice they have become spaces to question and challenge cultural assumptions and offer pathways to reflect and address troubled histories and offer potential for innovation and renewal. This unit emphasises materiality as an integral aspect of art making and interpretation. Materiality will be explored in studio work with students taken through processes of engaging with different materials and iterations to recognise how informs the meaning of an artwork. Materiality and processes of observation will be used as a lens to interpret works in collections and archives. Critical and formal analysis skills will be developed to assist in learning to see beyond the obvious and the literal. Key instances of artwork and art writing will be explored to deepen an understanding of what a collection reveals about a culture. This unit introduces students to the creative arts emphasis on praxis, where theory is tested and embodied in making and writing.


Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Encounters
Unit code FSA115
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Ms Sarah Stubbs
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply processes of observation, interpretation and iteration to make artwork that engages with an artefact from a public collection.
  • Describe and evaluate art and design works in relation to their form, content and context
  • Locate relevant sources to contextualise art and design works
  • Work collaboratively, constructively, and respectfully within group and individual learning contexts

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

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

FSA121 Critical Practices 1A


Teaching Pattern

Weekly on campus 3 hr workshops

AssessmentTask 1: Drawing as formal analysis (20%)|Task 2: Bibliography and Essay (30%)|Task 3: Final portfolio, journal and statement (50%)
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