Postgraduate Course: Research Methods (DESI11016)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Design
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course is only available to students in the School of Design.
Indicative course content
A variety of research methodologies and theories will be discussed, along with the possible aims and outcomes different approaches may lead to. The broad themes of this module are designed to encourage you to critically re-examine the production, distribution and consumption of your work. A key objective here is to promote innovative, experimental and ambitious research that relates to academic study and creative practice at the forefront of your field.
Aims of course
1 To introduce you to a variety of research method case studies appropriate to study in design at postgraduate level and generate awareness of the links between contexts, theory, practice and creative post-graduate research.
2 To encourage interdisciplinary approaches and an enthusiasm for theoretical and practical experimentation based on rigorous research skills.
3 To enhance your skills of critical analysis and evaluation and allow you to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
Mode of delivery
lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites
Appropriate SCQF Level 10 Qualification or equivalent.
MA - DESI11012, DESI11013, DESI11015, DESI11018, DESI11019
MFA - DESI11012, DESI11013, DESI11014, DESI11015, DESI11017, DESI11018, DESI11019
|Additional Costs|| course materials and study trips
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||WebCT enabled: No
|No Classes have been defined for this Course|
||First class information not currently available|
|No Exam Information
|On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. RESEARCH: Show a critical understanding of two or more research methods that are appropriate to the materials, techniques and theories you engage with in your practice.
2. ANALYSE: Demonstrate how you have reviewed, developed and structured your practice in ways that are informed by original, creative and pertinent research.
3. SYNTHESISE & COMMUNICATE: Display imagination, resourcefulness and initiative in the written, spoken and visual communication of your current research ideas.
|This course is only available to students in the School of Design.|
Alto, Palo, 2003. IDEO Methods Cards: 51 Ways to Inspire Design. IDEO (ISBN 0954413210) Appadurai, A., 1986. The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Blaxter, L. et al., 2001. How to Research. Buckingham: OUP. Burns, R. B., 2000. Introduction to Research Methods. London: SAGE. Gray, C., 2004. Visualizing Research: A Guide to the research process in Art and Design. Aldershot: Ashgate. Ingold, T. and Hallam, E. (eds), 2007. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Oxford: Berg. Papademus, D (ed), 2004. Ethics in Visual Research (special issue). Visual Studies 19(2). Laurel, Brenda (ed.), 2003. Design Research: Methods and Perspectives.The MIT Press.
||Contact hours 20 hours
Directed study 0 hours
Self-directed study 180 hours
Total 200 hours
|Course organiser||Dr Juliette Macdonald
Tel: 0131 221 6196
|Course secretary||Mr Neale Summers
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