Core Module Information
Module title: Research as Critical Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES11143
Module leader: Tom Flint
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake an advanced range of research methods appropriate to contemporary creative practice in design and lens media, from ethnography and interviews to phenomenology, collaborative methods and practice-based approaches . You will explore advanced research paradigms for creative practice which include critical, participative and performative-oriented research approaches and methods. You will develop and refine your skills in creative research methods, analysis of creative and practice-based research precedents, and critical and reflective interpretation of your projects. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources you will learn to critically explore and evaluate design or lens media research practices. The knowledge acquired throughout the module will support you in the formulation of a sophisticated, reflective and fully referenced creative practice portfolio of research. The module will cover research methods that will enable you to ask, learn, look and try things during the early exploratory stages of the creative process. This will be evidenced by a portfolio submission that includes research presentations, film, installations and written work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Demonstrate critical appraisal of research methods for creative and critical practice.
LO2. Rationalise and devise appropriate research methods for practice-based projects.
LO3. Plan and undertake critically informed and reflective research investigation.
LO4. Analyse, interpret and present research assignments and supporting written analysis which includes the key findings of the research investigation
LO5. Produce and appraise the application and outcome of appropriate critical research methodologies.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A programme focussed approach is taken to learning, teaching and assessment. This means that common methodologies are used across the modules that make up your programme. This will help you to master a range of self reflection and presentation skills that will be essential for future employment in design professions.

Within this module, each taught element will use a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster group engagement in a studio environment. Studio based design activities will enable you to examine various research methods (LO1) and devise your own strategies for gathering data (LO2). You will be supported in the planning and undertaking of research tasks followed by critical appraisal and analysis of the outcomes (LO3,4), and application of conclusions to the creative process (LO5). We will also ask you to undertake peer reviews to develop your self-reflective and critical skills.

Teaching and learning methods on this module reflect the variety of topics and approaches to self-selected projects, both in theory and practice. Tutorials, seminars and practical sessions (e.g. workshops) will explore and develop your capabilities in research and analysis. Supporting documentation and handouts will facilitate deeper learning.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in studio sessions from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations. Formative assessment will take place informally at set points during scheduled learning activities. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment. Formal presentations of work will take place in weeks 4 and 6. Formative feedback will be provided at the time of presentation and you will be expected to record and reflect on this feedback in the development of your future work.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through a single submission of a portfolio of work in week 13. This submission will constitute 100% of your summative module grade. The portfolio will document your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of the use and application of research methods for design and lens media. Your portfolio will include your critical reflection on methods of creative research and it role in the production of contemporary creative practice. Portfolios will be assessed based on their overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes (LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 13
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Research as Critical Practice