APL3003 : Creative Practice

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


1 To enable students to develop their own research proposals
2 To develop student skills in the use of visual media as research methodology
3 To develop student skills in undertaking literature review
4 To give an extended opportunity for individuals to undertake a piece of independent empirical research and develop their research skills.

The Creative Practice Dissertation enables students to design and undertake empirical research on a topic of their choosing in the field of creative spatial practice, urban activism, co-creation in the making of the built environment, socially engaged practices, empowerment or citizen’s involvement in the transformation of the city. Through the use of visual media such as drawing, filmmaking, modelling, prototyping, etc., students will explore, develop and test a research methodology that unpacks and support the chosen research theme. The dissertation will be based on a live project (existing or forthcoming), a speculative project of your own or meaningful events that impact on socio-spatial relationships. In line with the thematic of AUP, the dissertation should focus on projects that seek to improve the lives of specific user groups or contribute to social spatial justice or environmental issues.
During Semester One each student will be expected to explore and develop the visual material relevant to their chosen theme, and will submit a draft introduction and literature review for formative assessment and detailed feedback. In Semester Two students will complete their original research before submitting their dissertation at the end of the Semester.

Outline Of Syllabus

1 Introduction to the Creative Practice Dissertation
2 Literature review: sources, searches, constructing an argument and referencing
3 Developing your research questions, aims and objectives
4 Visual Media as research methodology. Justification of the nature of the visual project
5 Ethics and the role of the researcher
6 Developing your ideas and visual methods
7 Discussion of main findings / outcomes of the visual project
8 Writing your dissertation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Jointly Taught with TCP3099
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1154:00154:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1226:00226:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The creative practice dissertation is devised to assess a student’s capacity to undertake an individual (supervised) research project. Teaching methods combine lectures and group discussion; lectures will be used to introduce and recap key concepts and issues relating to a dissertation and creative practice, group discussion sessions will comprise of student led issues to help students develop their proposals and work through the development of appropriate visual media. The module also requires private study providing an opportunity for students to research a topic of interest to them and develop critical and reflective research skills and understanding of the research process. Additional teaching and learning support is offered by the supervisory system.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M1006,500 words maximum excluding reference section and appendices. Full body of visual material equivalent to 3,500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Dissertation1M2,500 draft of introduction, lit review and body of the visual material relevant to their chosen theme, Formative assessment only.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment tests the ability to devise a research strategy with a reasoned discussion of topic, question(s), literature and the choice of visual methods relevant to a research question. The creative practice dissertation is assessed for the scope and rigour of the empirical study and the extent to which it demonstrates an ability to devise and carry out a successful research project, including written communication skills and visual media supporting an argument.

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