CART 7014 Research Methods in the Creative Arts

Credit Points 20

Legacy Code 102375

Coordinator Hilary Maclean Opens in new window

Description This unit investigates conceptual and theoretical models used in Creative Arts Research. It introduces students to a variety of important methodologies, including empiricism, experimentation, practice-based research, performativity-as-method, and narrative inquiry. It will also focus on writing as a creative praxis that has an important relationship to all the creative arts. Methodologies will be explored through the analysis of various theoretical and conceptual models that are applied in and produced through creative work. The unit will include a variety of strategies for analysing and documenting creative work, including observation, participation, reflection and representation. It will also examine the divisions between theory and practice, asking whether theory is in itself a practice that empiricism describes. It will look at the conditions under which creative arts research is produced, exploring its meanings, effects and affects.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 20cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Assumed Knowledge

Successful completion of undergraduate degree and formal acceptance into the Master of Arts (Creative Arts).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify conceptual and theoretical models used in creative arts practice research
  2. Evaluate creative arts practice as research
  3. Formulate a practice of writing which describes creative arts research
  4. Interpret the objects of art in creative arts research.
  5. Explain the methods used by practitioners, theorists and empiricists in creative arts research.

Subject Content

Students will work on topics that include:
- experimental aesthetics and speculative Ontologies
- Creative approaches to ethnography and auto-ethnography
- ficto-criticism
- writing and Creative practice
- Visual analysis
- Critical and Ontological design
- empirical musicology and msic analysis
- theories of affect, attention and listening
- perspectives in digital Arts research
- The Roles of The virtual and The actual in The practice and reception of Creative work
- performativity-as-method
- practice-led research
- indigenous perspectives in The Creative Arts


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case study of creative work 2,000 words 30 N Individual
Oral presentation 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Essay 3,000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

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Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Hilary Maclean Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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