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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 SOCA profile staff in collaboration with sessional staff from a range of studio areas. 

Academic staff; Dr Brigita Ozolins, Dr Svenja Kratz, Dr. Toby Juliff, Neil Haddon (Hobart);  Sonya Brough, Dr. Jacque Drinkall and Patrick Sutczak (Launceston)

Coordinator 2A: Dr Svenja Kratz (Hobart); Dr Karen Hall (Launceston)

Coordinator 2B: Dr. Toby Juliff (Hobart); Dr Karen Hall (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, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Banner Art Credit: Neil Holmstrom