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Critical Practices in Art: Ecologies FSA119

Hobart, Launceston


Ecologies place us in relationship with other living beings and our physical surroundings, as well as being a way we can talk metaphorically about having a place within a wider network. This unit will introduce you to place, ecology and cartography in the visual arts and encourage you to locate yourself within a creative ecology/community. You will consider examples and ideas of local and global ecologies (environmental, cultural, social and economic) via an investigation of key works of theory, literature, art, design, film and popular culture. You will reflect on how government policy and cultural values are made visible in the creative arts and wider environment.

You will explore a range of artistic strategies for mapping physical and psychological spaces through image, text and sensory mechanisms, developing a suite of approaches for presenting speculative, imaginative and critical responses to ideas of ecology and place. You will learn and apply core skills relevant to visual communication and comparative writing as part of an introduction to the creative arts emphasis on praxis, where theory is tested and embodied in making and writing.


Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Ecologies
Unit code FSA119
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Troy Ruffels
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use a variety of oral, written and visual strategies to examine historical and contemporary approaches to ideas of societal structures, cultures, and representations of ecologies of place
  • Evaluate and compare images and texts to identify underlying cultural and social ideologies
  • Apply processes of mapping and visual communication to make artwork that responds to unit theme
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
109900 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

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

FSA122 Critical Practices 1B


AssessmentAssessment Task 1 (15%)|Assessment Task 2 (35%)|Assessment Task 3 (50%)
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