Courses & Units

Critical Practices in Art: Bodies FSA124


We exist as embodied beings: bodies are how we move through the world and how we touch, 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 experimentation with diverse materials, students will develop work that seeks to challenge, disrupt or extend concepts of the body. As part of unit content students test the potential of creative work to convey and evoke embodied sensation and discuss these strategies through reflective and critical 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
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Karen Hall
Available as an 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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use a variety of oral, written and visual strategies to examine how social and cultural forces shape bodies and influence aesthetics and design approaches.
  • Review artworks in a critical and creative context relevant to unit themes
  • Apply process of material experimentation and reflection to develop artwork that responds to unit themes.
  • 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:

FSA122 Critical Practices 1B


Teaching Pattern

Weekly on-campus 3hr workshops

AssessmentTask 1: Three hands in different media and reflective statement (15%)|Task 2: Exhibition Audio Tour (35%)|Task 3: Folio (50%)
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