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Critical Practices in Art: Bodies FSA124

Hobart, Launceston


We exist as embodied beings: bodies are how we move through the world and how we touch, and see and interact with it. The purpose of the unit is to introduce students to the concept of the body and bodies within art historical and cultural traditions and emerging technological terrains. The unit explores key issues such as gender, representation and identity with a focus on bodies as sites of transformation. The unit investigates how social and cultural forces shape bodies, influence aesthetics and reveal cultural ideologies.

Students are invited to use design strategies to investigate the body as a sensual and dynamic force. Through response to materials including wood, clay, textile, paper and technology, students will develop work that seeks to challenge, disrupt or extend concepts of the body. As part of unit content students are introduced to design strategies and responsive crafting and learn the core skills of critical review writing.  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: Bodies
Unit code FSA124
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts

Dr. Karen Hall

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 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use a variety of oral, written and visual strategies to examine how social and cultural forces shape bodies and influence aesthetics and design approaches.
  2. Review artworks in a critical and creative context relevant to unit themes.
  3. Apply processes of prototyping and material experimentation to make artwork that responds to unit themes.


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

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Mutual Exclusions

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

FSA122 Critical Practices 1B


Teaching Pattern

Workshop (weekly/2 hours)
Lecture (weekly/1 hour)


Task 1: Contextual artwork analysis, 300 words (10%)

Task 2: Series of prototypes and material explorations (20%)

Task 3: Somatic (Body) Response (25%)

Task 4: Exhibition Review, 1000 words (25%)

Task 5: Journal, 36 pages (20%)

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