DSGN08059 2018 Research for Design and the Arts I
This module (Research in Art and Design I) prepares for the module that follows (Research in Art and Design II) for which students complete a small research project appropriate to their discipline.
In this module, students are introduced to a selection of innovative research methods and processes appropriate to the culture and practice of Art and Design. Students are introduced to research design and related conventions and issues, including epistemological and methodological contexts, as well as ethical and practical concerns.
Students select an area of focus and review related literature and practice, before identifying the theoretical framework and focus of their own research project. After designing a small research project and presenting a research proposal, they initiate the first iterations of the research.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Identify a research question and aligned research method appropriate to the students's field of art/design or media.
Demonstrate critical understanding of contemporary practitioners, theories, concepts, practices and developments pertaining to the area of investigation in a written preliminary literature review..
Articulate a theoretical or conceptual framework that underpins the practical and theoretical characteristics of the enquiry
Design a research proposal that acknowledges ethical and practical issues.
Competently initiate and negotiate the first iterations/pilot of the applied design research.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The module is delivered using a combination of lectures and group tutorials, from a ‘live’/streamed teaching space in which both on-site and distance participants can see both each other and the work under discussion. This flexible mode allows both staff and students to interact in small study groups, with the freedom for interaction either on- site or from a distance.
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessment during the semester is formative, with (i) tutorials which focus on discrete aspects of the learning outcomes pertinent to the research design phase and (ii) periodic presentations and reviews for which students present their entire developing designs.
Short lectures (linked to the learning outcomes) introduce students to related requirements, knowledge and methods of achieving these outcomes. These lectures and related tasks build on the students’ prior knowledge from earlier years.
Summative assessment is at the end of the semester with all outcomes embodied within the design thesis which is presented both graphically and in an accompanying design statement.
Students must resubmit and pass the assignments for this module for completing the module Research for Arts and Design II.
During this module, students will be introduced to case studies that illuminate a range of innovative research methods and processes appropriate to the culture and practice of design and the arts . A selection of research precedents will be analysed to identify the issues and processes of research design, including epistemological and methodological contexts, ethical issues and practical concerns.
Students will identify an area of research that may inform their design thesis or their design dissertation. After developing and presenting a research proposal, students initiate first rresearch iterations.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Graphic and written Interim Research report||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||20 %||Week 12||5|
|2||Research Proposal||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||80 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Classroom Equipped for OLL.||Research Lecture||1.5||Weekly||1.50|
|Tutorial||Not Specified||Proposal tutorials||0.5||Monthly||0.12|
|Group Learning||Classroom Equipped for OLL.||Research proposal||2||Once Per Module||0.13|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self Directed Learning||5||Weekly||5.00|
Online Learning Mode Workload
|Lecture||Classroom Equipped for OLL.||Research lecture||1.5||Weekly||1.50|
|Tutorial||Not Specified||proposal tutorials||0.5||Monthly||0.12|
|Group Learning||Classroom Equipped for OLL.||research proposal||2||Once Per Module||0.13|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self directed learning||5||Weekly||5.00|
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