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Module

APL2007 : Visual and Creative Practice Research Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Armelle Tardiveau
  • Lecturer: Mr Daniel Mallo, Dr Andrew Law, Professor Ali Madanipour
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1– To introduce visual and creative practice research.
2 – To develop an understanding of qualitative research through visual analysis and creative practice 3 –To develop an understanding of the range of methods for collecting information and analysis distinctive of visual and creative practice research.
4 –The research skills and techniques learned in this module will act as a foundation for the individual visual or creative practice dissertation undertaken in Stage 3, with some time given for the outline development of each student’s individual project.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will introduce the students to a range of qualitative research methods and analysis techniques, with opportunities for reflection throughout the module and assignments. It introduces different types of research approaches (Visual and Creative Practice) from which the students will choose for their individual dissertation studies undertaken in stage 3. It will also introduce them to key stages of the research process (whether visual or creative practice) such as research question development and research design.

•       Introduction to visual and creative practice research.
•       Epistemological issues in visual and creative practice research.
•       Framing the research topic within the context of the academic literature and creative practice (Literature Review, Practice Review, Referencing written and visual sources, Understanding ethics
•       Exploring research methods (Semi-structured/unstructured interviews and focus groups, Ethnographic approaches (visual and sensory), Participant observation and visual methods, Mapping informing research, Action research
•       Textual and visual analysis (Decoding text and static images: introduction to semiotics, discourse analysis and content analysis / Decoding moving images: films, television and documentaries)
•       Creative practice research through design (Participatory design / Design activism / Sensory intervention / Fictional novel)
•       Preparing your own research proposal

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Nonsynchronous lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:0060:00Preparation for two assessments
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities22:004:00Library workshops
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Support for thinking about research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Skills Development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Support for proposal writing
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk61:006:00Q&A seminar
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is designed to introduce visual and creative practice research knowledge and skills through a combination of lectures, seminars and group tutorials, so that students gain an understanding of processes and research methodologies.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M702,500 word illustrated research proposal for independent dissertation studies including ethics and risk approvals
Poster2M301,200 word illustrated A2 poster reflecting on visual or creative practice methods presented in the seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The A2 poster will 1) reflect on the use and appropriateness of a visual or creative practice research method applied to a research situation/topic drawing from one of the seminar session 2) It will include evidence of literature and practice review. 3) It will reflect on the relation between method and research topic.

The research proposal will outline the students’ proposed independent dissertation study. Students are expected to draw on skills learnt about the visual and creative practice research process and apply it to a topic of their own interest which they wish to take forward for their dissertation study in stage 3. The proposal will explore why the topic is important, possible research questions to answer, brief literature and practice review and sources, and potential visual or creative practice methods of data collection and analysis they may use in addressing their research question.

Reading Lists

Timetable