Core Module Information
Module title: Research Portfolio for Creative Practice (MA)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: DES11147
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:

The module enables you to conduct an extensive individual research project that tests creative practice issues through primary and secondary research. Defining and managing your own research portfolio, you will build a body of research through applied methods for creative theory and practice.

The portfolio is structured according to four formative submissions (Proposal, Method, Critical Review of Context and Findings) and one final summative assessment of the completed portfolio.

Issues of applicability, credibility, ethics and a wider research influence develop an understanding of research in practice and guide your management of the research project. The format of your portfolio may make use of a number of media, from film, website, exhibition, booklet or the more standard bound text.

The suitability of format and research content will be agreed between you and your tutor early in the module. Typically, the portfolio will be submitted in the form of an 10,000 word critical debate with a supporting portfolio of creative practice evidencing research.

Alternatively, you may choose to take a purely theoretical approach to the module and submit a 15,000 word critically structured dissertation as a stand-alone written artefact.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO 1: Critically evaluate a creative research process to inform and generate ideas
LO 2: Produce and visualise a number of feasible conceptual solutions or responses from an identified and rigorously researched area of investigation.
LO 3: Critically appraise and select a proposal for further creative development.
LO 4: Present a resolved creative outcome(s) based on a critically informed creative process.
LO 5: Detail, specify and produce a creative outcome to appropriate industry standards.
LO 6: Critically reflect on the processes and social, cultural and economic context involved in the major project creative outcome.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Malcolm Innes
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 to help you to master a range of presentation skills that will be essential in future employment.

Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group debate and peer-review activities to foster engagement in research issues. You will be supported in the planning and undertaking of your individual research portfolio (LO2). Field research will enable you to examine and apply various research methods (LO1). Critical appraisal and analysis of the issues relating to the portfolio subject (LOs 3,4), will be supported through formative assessment. Application of critical insight into the process and conclusions of the research process (LOs 1,3,4) will be creatively presented in the production of a complete portfolio (LO5) in a chosen media.
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 one to one supervision will explore and develop students’ capabilities in research, analysis and portfolio presentation.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in tutorials, group discussions and presentations. Formative assessment will take place informally at midway points during scheduled learning activities. A formal presentation of proposals will take place formally in week 4 where you will receive formative feedback. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment.

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 research portfolio will present your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design research practice. The portfolio will be a substantial body of work including research, documentation and reflection on creative process, results of creative process, and critical reflection on all creative activity, with reference to socio-cultural and theoretical issues raised by the course. Portfolios will be assessed based on their overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes. The portfolio as a whole must demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the module through exploration of key relationships between creative practice, the production of creative outcomes and their impact on society from a historical and cultural context. The portfolio must also demonstrate a clear ability to observe, critically explore and present opinions these themes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 5
Face To Face Project Supervision 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 583
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-6 13
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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