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This subject will introduce students to a range of creative research methods. As distinct from traditional ‘quantitative research’ (classical scientific research method involving systematic collection of verifiable data) and ‘qualitative research’ (in-depth inquiry into human perceptions used in social sciences often involving interviews) ‘creative research’ is a relatively new methodology. In this subject we follow de Bono’s definition that creativity involves lateral moves sideways in contrast to the logical, linear thinking inherent to traditional research methods. We follow the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of ‘research’ meaning investigation or inquiry into things. The focus of our creative research will be uncovering new knowledge that can lead to the generation of imagined futures for designed environments.
Note:Students will be required to prepare installations, models, designed assemblages and drawings, as well as written essays during the course. Additional costs should be minimal. Recycling, reusing and scavenging of materials is positively encouraged. And digital presentations are allowed in lieu of costly printing for most presentations.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Learn a variety of creative research methods,
- Develop critical reading skills and academic writing styles required for a scholarly and rigorous approach to Thesis subject
- Develop the ability to frame a design thesis question and identify appropriate creative methods through which to test it
- Understanding creative research as a methodology
- Awareness of and beginning skills in a range of creative research methods
- Understanding of academic writing conventions
- Capacity to frame a research question clearly and concisely
- Capacity to determine the relevant research methods to explore a research question through design
- Capacity for independent, analytical and critical thought and reflection
Last updated: 31 October 2023