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Critical Practices in Art: Exhibitions FSA221

Hobart, Launceston


Exhibitions are not only a way to present creative works. They are also a way to make meaning, generate ideas and communicate with an audience. This unit will present key contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates and guide you through ways to describe and analyse them using curatorial approaches.

The unit will introduce curatorial practice as both a mode of creative expression as well as critique and outline professional practice exemplars and industry guidelines including WHS considerations. You will be asked to explore and define critical cultural contexts that are relevant to creative practice (your own and others) using research, writing, presentation, making, critique and reflection.

The assessment tasks will integrate different forms of communication including oral presentation and discussion, project planning, writing and making. You will have to opportunity to test ideas for an exhibition and consider the interplay of text and design in exhibition catalogues.


Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Exhibitions
Unit code FSA221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts

Dr. Svenja Kratz

Teaching staff


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


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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates in artistic contexts using appropriate terminology in written and oral forms.
  2. Identify and describe the connections between a variety of cultural debates and creative practice (your own and others).
  3. Integrate processes of thinking, making and curating as critical discourse.
  4. Follow institutional and industry guidelines for professional practice in the visual arts.


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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Teaching Pattern

Weekly (3 hour) session comprised typically of a lecture and tutorial with an expectation of an additional 3 hours independent work. (13 weeks, including an independent study week).


Task 1: Exhibition Proposal (20%)

Task 2: Exhibition Plan (30%)

Task 3: Catalogue and Essay (30%)

Task 4: Journal and Activities (20%)

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