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Research through Practice

MA Academic Practice participants must undertake one 40 credit Research unit prior to undertaking the Dissertation unit. There are 2 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 written statement, positioning yourself within a field of practice. (1,500 words)
  • Submit evidence of practice-based explorations (multimodal, textual, visual), accompanied by a written commentary. This should include reflection on ways to document and present the enquiry process as research. (2,000 words)
  • Submit a written research proposal. (1,000 words)

For more information download the Research through Practice Unit Descriptor (PDF 144KB).