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DCA9000 Research Methods in Creative Arts Practice

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Res Methds in Creat Arts Prac
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 109999 - Creative Arts not elsewhere cl
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Linda Clark


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: DCAR or DPHD

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to Uconnect for this course.


This course offers students advanced knowledge in creative arts research through an application of research methods to a specific discipline, or cross-disciplinary field. The course enhances students' own work and their original contributions to the creative arts by providing them with the capacity to critically position their practice-led research within local, national and international contexts. Through this approach, the course provides students with the advanced research skills needed in order to generate and present original creative arts research at the highest theoretical and practical levels.


The course builds upon the Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (or equivalent) and the Masters of Arts, as students gain an advanced understanding of creative arts research methods that can be critically applied to developing a substantial body of original creative work and an exegesis. The purpose of this course is for students to gain expertise in critical evaluation, analysis and reflection in practice-led research methodologies in order to enhance the quality of their original contributions to creative arts research. This course addresses a diverse range of creative arts research methods within historical, theoretical, cultural, ethical and contemporary practice contexts. The key learning outcome is an understanding of the scope of practice-led research from local to international contexts, and its application to individual creative work.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. how to critically evaluate research methods to determine the best approach for their exegesis
  2. recognise the diverse range of contexts that underpin creative arts research (such as historical and cultural contexts)
  3. demonstrate knowledge of practice-based research from local and international studies to contextualise their exegesis
  4. demonstrate a high level of professional creative arts practice including research competence, effective communication and intellectual independence.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Creative research 10.00
2. Research methodologies in creative arts 20.00
3. Practice-led research and original contributions 20.00
4. Evaluating research methods with creative arts practice 30.00
5. Navigating historical, theoretical, cultural and ethical contexts within contemporary creative arts research methods 10.00
6. Critical positioning of practice-led research. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bolt, B & V Barrett, E 2007, Practice as research approaches to creative arts enquiry, IB Tauris, London, New York.
Sullivan, G 2009, Art practice as research, 2nd edn, Sage Publications, California.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 114.00
Practice 160.00
Private Study 56.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT ABSTRACTS 100 20 08 Mar 2021
RESEARCH SEMINAR 100 50 31 May 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Date printed 14 April 2021