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A&HA 5005 Visual Arts Research

Course Description
This course explores conventions and practices of research within the context of art education and as a form of inquiry that is grounded in the theories, practices, and contexts used by arts practitioners. It is argued that the critical and creative investigations that occur in studios, galleries, on the Internet, in classrooms, in community spaces, and other places where artists work, are forms of research embedded in arts practice. The research practices discussed and developed subscribe to the view that research goals can be achieved by following rigorous and systematic inquiry in a way that privileges the role imagination and intellect plays in constructing knowledge that is not only new but has the capacity to transform human understanding. One of the arguments made in this course is that studio-based inquiry in the visual arts will have greater institutional credibility if it is built upon sound theoretical principles that can be shown to satisfy basic criteria for research practice. Yet the overall goal is to develop student‘s understand that research is an active and powerful means of human inquiry and that the principles, methods and practices have to be based in individual, creative and critical capacities.

Aims

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories and practices that inform art education research. Building on practices inherent in the visual arts, and traditions aligned with the humanities and social sciences, students explore ways of creating and critiquing knowledge and strategies for planning and carrying out art education research projects.
Objectives
Students in this course will:
  • Engage with the course content in a way that requires each person to develop an individual research agenda that is ideas driven and practitioner based.
  • Review paradigms of research and achieve a working knowledge of the theoretical perspectives and methodologies of different research paradigms and practices.
  • Participate in presentations, group sessions, and workshops, where visual methods are explored and related to existing research traditions and specific research interests.
  • Critically analyse examples of research and prepare reviews of research practices that reference existing research practices and that explore a range of methods of conceptualisation.
  • Critically analyse examples of research and prepare reviews of research practices that reference existing research practices and that explore a range of methods of conceptualisation.