MEDIA508-22A (HAM)

Creative Practice Research

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies


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Paper Description

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Students will investigate a media-based research topic through creative practice methodologies. Practical outputs may include: short film, documentary, animation, photography, audio-visual installation. Though a creative output is crucial for the paper, the intent is for students to familiarise themselves with relevant theoretical frameworks that enhance critical thinking skills. Essentially, students will work with their Supervisor to produce scholarly research through practice-related methodologies. The project is expected to be of a high standard, ideally suited for public exhibition. Traffic Light System conditions allowing, students will present their work to both peers and Screen and Media Studies staff at the end of trimester.

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Paper Structure

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Students will initially create a robust research proposal to be submitted on Moodle. The proposals will then be circulated with staff for Supervision confirmation. Additionally, staff may list projects they are currently working on that require support from students. In this instance, students will apply to be part of these projects.

From the proposal, students will be assigned a Supervisor in the early stages of the paper, and will then meet regularly to discuss the progress of the project. It is likely that a research plan will be devised between the supervisor and students to structure the development of the project.

A typical structure for creative research projects is the following:

-Topic of interest (media-related)

-Choice of medium and research questions for investigating your topic

-Proposal/plan for practical research project

-Implementing the project

-Completion and evaluation

The project can be approached in a variety of forms, e.g. one large project (e.g. 10 minute short film) or a variety of shorter pieces of work (e.g. several 1 minute shorts).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • devise a robust practical project of a high standard
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  • show their understanding of the creative practice research process
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  • show an ability to apply creative practice methodologies to a project
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  • reflect original and critical thought in their creative practice
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  • develop their creative practice in relation to staff and peers
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  • engage with the ethics process
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All items of assessment are internally assessed and details are provided below
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Creative research project - 100%
16 Jun 2022
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2021) - Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Practice as research: Approaches to creative arts enquiry (2007) - Estelle Barrett and Barbara Bolt

Research in the creative and media arts: challenging practice (2019) - Desmond Bell

Associations : Creative Practice and Research (2018) - James Oliver

Practice-Based Research in the Creative ArtsFoundations and Futures from the Front Line (2018) - Linda Candy

Creative Practice as Research: Discourse on Methodology (2018) - R. Lyle Sakins

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Recommended Readings

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It is expected that graduate-level students are able to inform their creative projects through reference to academic literature related to creative practice as research.

The following books available in the University of Waikato library are recommended reading on creative practice-based research:

Batty, Craig & Kerrigan, Susan (eds.) (2018) Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (online access)

Carter, Paul (2004) Material thinking : the theory and practice of creative research

De Jong, Wilma; Rothwell, Jerry; Knudsen, Erik (2012) Creative documentary : theory and practice

Leavy, Patricia (2015) Method Meets Art: Arts-based research practice (online access)

Nelson, Robin (2013) Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles,Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (online access)

Read, Shirley, & Simons, Mike (2017) Photographers and research : the role of research in contemporary photographic practice (online access)

Savin-Baden, Maggie, & Wimpenny, Katherine (2014) A Practical Guide to Arts-related Research (online access)

Steinbach, Kenneth (2018) Creative practices for visual artists : time, space, process (online access)

Sullivan, Graeme (2010) Art practice as research: inquiry in visual arts

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Online Support

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Supported through Moodle.
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Students are expected to work independently and contact their supervisors on a regular basis. The paper requires a total of 300 hours for 30 point accreditation.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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MEDIA501: Critical and Creative Approaches to Research
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