Courses & Units

Communicating Research Practice FSA406

Hobart, Launceston


Full time students enrol in FSA405 Project Development A and FSA406 Project Development B concurrently.

Part time students enrol in FSA405 Project Development A and FSA406 Project Development B over two consecutive semesters.


The research conducted for this unit will lay the groundwork for your thesis submission in second semester.

In this unit you will develop a research plan and time line for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the field of contemporary art or design. 

Through contextual research you will be able situate the concerns informing your practice in the context of current theoretical ideas and critical debate in the visual arts as well as identifying the key examples of visual arts practice that are relevant to your project.

You will experiment broadly and in-depth through speculative preliminary studio, theoretical and / or professional investigations that will enable you to establish the key aims and objectives of your Honours thesis.

Studio practitioners and professional interns will create a visual diary or journal to track their investigations. 

Theorists will research and write an essay analysing an aspect of contemporary visual theory relevant to their project, developing their skills in critical analysis and argument in relation to current theoretical debates, and develop a chapter outline for their written thesis.


Unit name Communicating Research Practice
Unit code FSA406
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Honours Coordinator and relevant academic staff

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $4,890.00 100301

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Presentation (hurdle task), research plan and time line 2,000 words (15%) and an annotated bibliography 3 – 4,000words (35%) for all students, plus further preliminary investigations for the thesis (50%) including:

  • For studio projects, a journal and exhibition of work in progress; or
  • For theory projects, one 4,000 word essay and a Chapter Summary 2,000 words; or
  • For professional placement projects, engagement in an arts related enterprise, evidenced by written and /or visual documentation of the activities undertaken

Commenced in FSA405 Project Development A and completed in FSA406 Project Development B; the proposal and work plan, annotated bibliography and further preliminary investigations for the thesis are assessed at the conclusion of FSA406 Project Development B.

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