Research through Practice

MA Academic Practice participants must undertake one 40 credit Research unit prior to undertaking the Dissertation unit. There are two options to choose from: either Research through Practice or Research Methods for Arts Higher Education.

You should select the option that most suits your professional circumstances and research interests. This Research through Practice unit particularly suits creative practitioners, who wish to develop their creative practice as research. If you do not have a creative practice, we suggest you select the Research Methods for Arts Higher Education unit.

In the Research through Practice unit you will consider how practice as a mode of enquiry can be developed as research. You will explore, compare and evaluate different approaches to researching through practice, leading the design of a research proposal on an academic practice theme that you will then develop and implement within the Dissertation unit.  

We do not usually recommend you simultaneously undertake this unit and the Introduction to Practice as Research elective unit.

During this unit you will:

  • Attend a series of workshops, presentations and seminars
  • Explore and record arts-based practices as forms of enquiry
  • Submit a positioning statement to accompany practice-based explorations (1500 words with negotiated evidence of practice)
  • Submit a written research proposal (3000 words)

For more information download the Research through Practice unit descriptor (Word 16KB).