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Critical Practices in Art: Fields FSA223


This unit invites you to find your way through the field of contemporary art. You will unpick moments of change and transition within a broader context of local, national, and global histories of art, and to see yourself as an active participant in creating change. Using place-based, cartographic, and visual strategies, this unit introduces you to key contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates in the visual arts and the continued connectivity art practices share with the past.

You will take a critical stance in relation to the role of critical and professional writing, understanding how writing can articulate, define and challenge our thinking about art and its histories. You will be guided through the interrelationship between ideas, discussion, making and writing, enabling you to establish and articular arguments vital to understanding the place of contemporary visual art in a global context. A variety of assessment tasks will bring together reading, writing and making to facilitate the productive links between these modes of creative communication.


Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Fields
Unit code FSA223
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Toby Juliff
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Locate and express the critical, historical, cultural, and technological contexts relevant to contemporary creative practice
  • Identify and employ processes of discourse, and research methodologies in a range of critical and expressive forms
  • Construct critical arguments using appropriate forms of writings and making

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100300 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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25 credit points of Critical Practices Core

Mutual Exclusions

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

FSA321 Critical Practices 3A


Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart and Launceston)

Weekly Workshops (3 Hours)

Plus an additional 7 hours engagement with unit content and self-directed learning per week

AssessmentTask 2: Flag (40%)|Task 1: Critical portfolio of writings (40%)|Task 3: Journaling (20%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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