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Critical Practices

Location: Hobart Launceston

How do artists and designers participate in the debates and discussions that are compellingly important to our society? How do they use the discourses of art to articulate their own contribution?

At CAM, we are seeking to create a curriculum that reflects and prepares students for the contemporary practices of art which, while still firmly having making at its centre, also engages with the world through critical and reflective thinking.  We call this part of our degree “Critical Practices”; which at its heart is the discipline of integrating ideas, understanding and skill through practice - the doing – a concept philosophers have called praxis.

In Critical Practices students explore history and ideas, learn to write, to discuss, to analyse, and to reflect, as an integrated part of the processes of making. They are guided in exploring and developing a variety of modes of thinking and of expressing their thoughts.

Critical practices will be taught by CAM profile staff in collaboration with sessional staff from a range of studio areas.

Critical practices 1A & 1B


CP1A Dr Brigita Ozolins and CP1B Neil Haddon (Hobart)

Academic staff:

Dr Brigita Ozolins, Neil Haddon, Dr Svenja Kratz (Hobart); Anna Van Stralen and Anne-Marie Willis (Launceston)

Critical practices 2A & 2B


CP2A & CP2B Dr Svenja Kratz (Hobart);

Academic staff:

Dr Svenja Kratz and Dr Linda Erceg (Hobart); and Patrick Sutczak (Launceston)

Critical practices 3A & 3B


CP3A & CP3B Dr Toby Juliff (Hobart)

Academic staff:

Dr Toby Juliff and Dr Steven Carson (Hobart); Antonia Aiken (Launceston)

If you would like to discuss your own practice or ambitions, contact Critical Practices to arrange a one-on-one consultation today.


Students will be introduced to a variety of site resources and facilities.

Study Critical Practices

While the University of Tasmania is no longer taking applications for the previous fine are and design postgraduate offerings, we invite you to explore all postgraduate courses currently available across Art, Music and Theatre or Media.

The School of Creative Arts and Media welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, refer to College of Arts, Law and Education Research Degrees.

Banner Art Credit: Neil Holmstrom