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Object and Furniture 2A FSF216


This unit provides further development in object and furniture design. It reflects a commitment to craft skills necessary for contemporary studio designer makers while also exploring the role of design as a critical practice and way of thinking within a world already filled with objects. This unit explores various structures that offer support to the human form, from everyday items like chairs through to more speculative and critical design approaches. You will interrogate, critically analyse, and evaluate pre-existing notions of structure to make individual responses capable of disrupting conventional norms. Core knowledge is further built by introducing a range of making processes and skills. This unit encompasses a combination of collaborative, individual, observational and live presentation activities. Further concepts that delve into methods of reuse, repair and adaptation of materials are incorporated as you undertake iterative processes such as models, mock-ups and experimental prototypes or interventions. You will engage with the design and development of supporting structures through design brief/s, lectures, demonstrations, studios, workshops, tutorials, discussion, or presentations that span historical, traditional, theoretical, technological, and speculative realms combined with current approaches to making and processes. Instruction and compliance to workplace health and safety (WHS) is fundamental to this unit.


Unit name Object and Furniture 2A
Unit code FSF216
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Niklavs Rubenis
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

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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

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Select and apply¿multiple¿technical skills and techniques relevant to¿a¿designed structure/s¿in response to unit project brief/s
  • Investigate and employ different materials to produce experiential structure/s in response to unit project brief/s
  • Identify, analyse, contextualise and¿articulate theoretical and historical contexts relevant to¿critical¿design practice in response to unit project brief/s
  • Identify and follow WHS practices relevant to object and furniture techniques, materials, equipment and workspaces

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



FFSF113 Object and Furniture 1; FSF111 3D Design 1

Mutual Exclusions

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



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 1: Presentation (20%)|Task 2: Work in Progress/Critique (30%)|Task 3: Artist statement, 300 words; Journal of context, concept and processes; Folio of final work/s (50%)
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