Courses & Units

Critical Practices 1B FSA122

Hobart, Launceston


The unit will introduce methods used to describe, analyse and evaluate art and reflect on the discussions and debates that surround it in historical and contemporary terms. You will engage in reading, writing and making tasks which connect the field of creative production with major art historical methods and theories, important topical issues and broader cultural thematics. The purpose of the unit is to link these areas to contemporary creative practice and to understand and reflect on them through the processes of making and discussing art. 

A variety of thematic modules (Chance/Risk, Utopia, Resistance) will also explore fundamental art and design concepts and processes through lectures and integrated practical and scholarly tasks. 

Set projects will engage you in collaborative and cross-media practice as well as concentrated individual focus. Practical demonstrations and making/writing workshops will introduce you to a range of the facilities and studios at TCotA and initiate an explorative, critical and reflective approach to practice.


Unit name Critical Practices 1B
Unit code FSA122
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Neil Haddon and Art staff

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $4,890.00 100301

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 50 minute weekly lecture and 5 hour tutorial or equivalent (2 blocks of 3 hours with one hour lunch break). There is an expectation of at least a further 6 hours independent work.


Ongoing formative feedback through written, verbal, visual, individual and collective presentations and critique.  An integrated folio of artworks and writing tasks staged over the semester and a semester journal (100%).

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