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Postgraduate Course: Interdisciplinary Research Practices (ARTX11041)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course provides a learning environment for the development of appropriate skills and tools in interdisciplinary research-practice.
Course description This is a core course of the MSc by Research Interdisciplinary Creative Practices programme. It provides a testing ground to enable you to become fully equipped to undertake independent research. Supervision supports you to develop the unique skills your require for your research project. The subject focus of each assignment is agreed individually so that the outcome is directly relevant to your research.

You will be supported, in part, through a detailed review of appropriate examples of interdisciplinary research. This will provide you with direction in areas of knowledge that are directly relevant to your specific research project. Your research explorations are situated in relation to theory, practice and collaborative contexts.

In order to address issues of interdisciplinary research methodologies, collaborative research, and articulations between theory and practice, this course has three aims:

1) To offer an introduction to interdisciplinary research approaches and methods. This specifically refers to the skill of developing and applying new research vocabularies by critically combining elements from research practices traditionally used in diverse disciplines.

2) To introduce you to concepts of creativity and practice, and provide you with contextual information in creative practices as well as appropriate areas of contemporary theory.

3) To develop an environment for experimentation in which you are able to test, take risks and learn by undertaking small-scale explorations intended to bring you closer to the successful completion of your research project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. determine and develop appropriate strategies for working creatively across disciplines and critically evaluate these strategies and their applicability to particular tasks in interdisciplinary contexts
  2. critically assess general and specialist literature relevant to interdisciplinary creative practice and research
  3. demonstrate understanding of the cultural and creative value of interdisciplinary research processes, and the ability to articulate and materialise this, through appropriate practices of writing and making
  4. analyse project requirements and determine solutions for working across disciplinary boundaries in order to develop and present artifacts, and more generally creative projects, which engage interdisciplinary working practices and knowledge domains
  5. demonstrate skills in conceptualising, planning, managing, making and finishing technically, intellectually and artistically challenging projects
Reading List
Balkema, A. and Slager, H. (eds) (2004). Artistic Research. Amsterdam : Rodopi.

Carter, P. (2004). Material Thinking. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Coessens, K., Crispin, D. and Douglas, A. (2009). The Artistic Turn: A Manifesto. Ghent, Belgium: Orpheus Institute.

Fisher, E. (2013). On not knowing: how artists think. London : Black Dog Publishing.

Knorr Cetina, K., Schatzki, T. & von Savigny, E. (eds). (2000) The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. London: Routledge

Lyall, C., Bruce, A., Tait, J., Meagher, L. (2011) Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for

Capturing Creativity, London: Bloomsbury Academic (electronically available in the University of Edinburgh Library

Lury, C. and Wakeford, N. (2012). Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social, Hoboken : Taylor and Francis. (electronic version)

Repko, A. (2008) Interdisciplinary research: process and theory, Los Angeles: Sage.

Runco, M. (2014). Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice. 2nd ed. Academic Press Inc.

Schneider Adams, L. (1996). The Methodologies of Art: An Introduction. New York: Harper and Collins.

Schon, D. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner: how professionals think in action. Aldershot, Hants, UK: Ashgate.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -Preparing proposals for creative academic projects
-Presenting research in progress, discussion and responding to questions and criticism
-Advanced research skills (including being systematic, consistent and critical)
-Close-reading of complex texts and sophisticated academic writing
-Analyse project requirements and determine solutions
-Time management in planning, developing and completing a substantial research and creative project, including combination of academic writing and creative practice
KeywordsInterdisciplinary,creative,research,practice-led,practice-based,contemporary theory,contemporary art
Course organiserDr Sophia Lycouris
Tel: 0131 221 6291
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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