Courses & Units

Defining the Field FSA413

This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


The aim of FSA413 is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to your Honours project. This should include the work of contemporary visual artists and/or designers as well as those from the past, but with an emphasis on recent work. This unit is important in enabling you to situate the concerns informing your practice in the context of current theoretical ideas and critical debate in the visual arts as well as defining the field of visual arts practice to which your work is making a contribution. The research conducted for this unit will form the basis of your 5,000 word Exegesis (for Honours Research students) or your 1000 word Project Summary (for Honours Professional students) submitted with your final thesis of visual work. You will initially receive assistance in identifying search terms and bibliographic references relating to your area of inquiry, and go on to develop a tailored program of reading. The seminar program provides opportunities for you to report on your progress in identifying key theoretical writings and works of art and/or design relevant to your Honours project.


Unit name Defining the Field
Unit code FSA413
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts

Dr. Toby Juliff

Teaching staff

Honours Coordinator, Anne MacDonald; Lecturers, Art and Design Theory Coordinator, Dr. Llewellyn Negrin and relevant studio or theory lecturers as required.

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


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply library research skills to identify and demonstrate a knowledge of writers and arts practitioners relevant to your field of investigation.
  2. Analyse and discuss theoretical ideas and current critical debate relevant to the theme of your research project, in verbal and written form.
  3. Describe and analyse art and/or design works relevant to the theme of your research project, in verbal and written form.



Band Field of Education
1 100301

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FSA411 or FSA418


Teaching Pattern

The unit is delivered via a sequence of methodology sessions, student led presentations, discussions and critiques.


Annotated Bibliography, 3000-4000 words (100%)

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