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: Kirstie Jamieson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

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 a sustained research investigation in the context of a creative major project.

LO4: Analyse, interpret and present a research assignment and supporting journal which includes the key findings of the research investigation.

LO5: Produce and appraise thorough research through the application of appropriate critical research methodologies.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:

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

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