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Critical Practices in Art: Exhibitions FSA221


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, discussion, critique and reflection. Unit activities and assessment tasks integrate different aspects of professional practice including project proposition, planning and management, curatorial strategies and arts writing. You will have the opportunity to test ideas for an exhibition and develop an exhibition catalogue suitable for public dissemination.


Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Exhibitions
Unit code FSA221
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Svenja Kratz
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates in artistic contexts using appropriate terminology in written and oral forms
  • Identify and describe the connections between a variety of cultural debates and creative practice (your own and others)
  • Integrate processes of thinking, making and curating as critical discourse
  • Follow institutional and industry guidelines for professional practice in the visual arts
  • Work collaboratively, constructively, and respectfully within group and individual learning contexts

Fee Information

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25 credit points of any Level 100 Critical Practice in Art Core


Teaching Pattern

Weekly on-campus 3hr workshops

AssessmentTask 1: Exhibition proposal (20%)|Task 4: Journal and Activities (20%)|Task 2: Exhibition Plan (30%)|Task 3: Catalogue and Essay (30%)
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