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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods (DESI11016)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is only available to students in the School of Design.

Indicative course content
This course will introduce you to a variety of research methods used in Design help as a means to develop and support your own design research and explorative thinking at ECA. 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 and workshops
Course description The broad themes of your Context courses are designed to encourage you to critically examine the production, distribution and consumption of your work and how it is situated in and informed by broader design cultures and contexts. A key objective in the first semester and in this course is to promote an informed approach to research and an innovative and critical application of a range of research methods that will provide a strong foundation for your ongoing studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Within this you will be introduced to a variety of research methods and required to test these out before focusing on the application and analysis of two to three methods in depth as part of your summative submission.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills To be able to plan research on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues.

To be able to employ and analyse appropriate research strategies to self initiated projects.

To be able to flexibly transfer knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another

To communicate ideas effectively and in ways that respond to specific briefs and audiences
Special Arrangements This course is only available to students in the School of Design.
Additional Class Delivery Information Students will be expected to explore the research methods and theories introduced in each lecture through readings and tasks in preparation for seminars and workshops. Information about each lecture and associated readings and tasks will be provided on the course LEARN pages. Students are expected to engage actively in seminars and workshops, which provide an opportunity for peer learning and feedback.
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Course organiserMs Emma Gieben-Gamal
Tel: (0131 6)51 5721
Course secretaryMr Ryan Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7400
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