Understanding the unit.
In this blog post, I aim to break down the unit guide into manageable segments in order to best understand what is expected in terms of work output, but also to make sure the work adheres to the grading criteria. I believe this unit offers vital opportunities to development my own practise in an academic and practise context.
Research in Art & Design
It is made clear early on, that research in art and design is debated, and is not as holistically defined as other areas of academic research. There are no set templates of which can be followed, as a consequence we are tasked with the challenge of self-directing new methodologies of practise based reach.
“Art and Design often ‘borrows’ methodologies from other fields, such as social science and psychology, but the discipline is also evolving its own.”
Crucially, I believe it is necessary to look to other fields of research for methodical influence. As someone who enjoys reading on the subject of philosophy phycology I feel it would be useful to apply my knowledge and use this as a form of contextualisation. In addition this unit offers an opportunity to diversify research techniques. For example, ‘borrowing’ from areas of study that I have previously not approached before.
“It will allow you to become a creative practitioner within an academic framework, entering a community of inquiry and extend your competencies and professional identity to those of a ‘researcher’.”
This I believe implies that we follow the same merit of other research practitioners in the academic framework and that our work shall serve to further the field of existing research.
Practice-Led Research – a closer look:
‘Research in which the professional and/or creative practices of art, design or architecture play an instrumental part in an inquiry.’(AHRC, 2007)
I have since explored examples and further discussion of Practise lead research:
In this video, PLR is discussed in different contexts. This was useful as examples are provided. Practice related research, as all research, should seek to provide new insights, through rigorous inquiry, and communicate this to a wider audience. The researcher/practitioner takes responsibility for positioning their work, so it can be understood and ‘read’ appropriately. Practice based research assumes that issues, concerns and interests can be examined and brought out by the production of an artifact.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to, at threshold level:
• Articulate key issues related to the debates about research methods for Art, Design and
Media and practice-led research.
----- To answer the open ended question gives opportunity to expand our skills as researchers, but also gauge an understanding of the field of inquiry in a broader sense – allowing for relevant and coherent research that sets out to provide new insight.
• Critically evaluate and select appropriate research methods from a range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary models evidencing ethical awareness in research design.
----- I believe this implies that in order to understand our own research we must look to other academic practises. It is already mention that social science plays a part in this, however I will be looking into philosophy in addition. In later blog posts I shall be analysis other PLR examples from other fields of enquiry, in order to develop my own PLR
• Demonstrate individual research skills and techniques for developing, recording and analysing research enquiry through their application to a research question.
---- This I believe gives us an opportunity to become architects of our own research methodologies given previous research influence.
• Demonstrate a high level of critical engagement with theoretical/historical/ contemporary sources.
---- This aspect of the unit it sheared by the Proposal unit. Which is discussed at greater length in the dedicated blog.
• Make effective use of appropriate presentation tools for the communication of
---- To do this, I feel it is necessary to attend talks and presentation that share similarities with this unit. This will help me learn the rhythm, delivery and structure of the talks. As a part time student, I am fortunate that I can attend the presentations of my peers as my deadline is later in the year. This will give me an opportunity to gain confidence as I will have a greater understanding of the level that is required. In addition, note taking whist attending the presentations will be valuable as I will be able to gauge what works well and applying this to my own skill set.