- Class Number 2527
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Ella Barclay
- Dr Raquel Ormella
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
This course provides students with training in research principles and methods as they relate to practice-led research. The course covers research writing modes and methods, studio investigative processes and methodologies, critical thinking. Students experiment with skills relevant to individual research projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Devise, plan and execute a body of studio investigations.
- Select and combine materials and processes skilfully to give visual form to ideas.
- Develop a studio-based methodology relevant for a specified topic.
- Apply progressive research questions to studio investigations.
- Identify and describe relevant historical and contemporary practices and relate them to the project's concerns by integrating studio and contextual investigation/research.
- Explain and provide a rationale for the practice-led research project.
In Research Methods and Processes 1 students will expand and develop their research communication skills, learning how to describe, analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. They will practice exegetical and research writing modes and will develop critical and reflective thinking. Students are encouraged to consider how their chosen themes or subjects might lead them to explore the language and potential of studio-based research in new and significant ways. They will learn to articulate how their material choices give rise to different readings, and how their practice-based research can be contextualised both historically and in the contemporary field. This course is aimed at developing skills relevant to all disciplines in the Honours visual arts cohort and provides examples to model how practice-led research is carried out. Students are required to be open and curious and to apply examples laterally to their own discipline and individual research projects.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional materials fees for the Research Methods and Processes 1 Seminar class. Each Workshop may have costs specific to each discipline. Please refer to individual workshops.
Students are required to provide their own materials for their studio projects.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to research principles and methods, workshop on research questions and strategies.||Reading group discussion for readings 1 and 2.|
|2||Annotated bibliographies and research workshop. Referencing systems and material research discussions||Reading group discussion for readings 3 and 4 Crits in photospace|
|3||Research workshop and library tour (draft date pending confirmation)||Library Tour and research workshop (TBC) Crits in photospace|
|4||Annotated bibliographies and research workshop.||Reading group discussion for readings 5 and 6 Crits in photospace|
|5||Annotated bibliographies and research workshop.||Reading group discussion for readings 6 and 7 Crits in photospace|
|6||Introduction to extended proposal||Reading group discussion for readings 7 and 8 Crits in photospace|
|7||Assessment 1 due||Proposal: Introduction Crits in photospace|
|8||Draft proposals due in hard copy in class||Proposal workshops Crits in photospace|
|9||Proposal workshop||Crits in photospace|
|10||Introduction to studio examinations||Crits in photospace|
|11||Assessment 2 due||Crits in photospace|
|12||Assessment 3 Studio examinations (no class)|
|13||Assessment 3 Studio examinations (no class)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Annotated Bibliography||30 %||19/04/2023||30/04/2022||3,4,5,6|
|Expanded Proposal||30 %||17/05/2022||30/05/2022||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Studio examination of current progress of investigation||40 %||22/05/2022||10/06/2022||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to attend class Wednesdays 2-6pm and participate in readings and studio critiques throughout the semester.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5,6
DUE WEEK 7
You are tasked with researching and selecting 8 texts that are informing your honours research and list these in an annotated bibliography. These texts may be journal articles, art books, artist monographs, books on creative research methods specific to your discipline or other informative contextual writing that may come from other disciplines or areas. These references could be about artists, creative methods or techniques, or larger ideas that inform your practice. 4 of these should be texts from the provided reading list and 4 should be references you have found yourself pertinent to your own research.
Each summary will be laid out as followed:
- The full reference for the text, using the Chicago referencing style, in bold.
- A 250 word summary of the text where you:
- outline the key points and arguments made by the author;
- note the context and style of the text via critical analysis methods; and
- discuss why you think this text is important or interesting to your honours project
You can find information on annotated bibliographies here
In weeks 2-6 students will take turns in introducing the readings and leading discussion.
- 5 x 250 word summaries of texts that inform your research, carefully presented with the correct formatting, referencing, spelling and grammar (LLO 5, 6)
- A demonstration of sustained curiosity and criticality with regards to contextualising these texts within your practice and conceptual concerns. (LLO 3,4,5)
5 x 250 word summaries of texts that inform your research, carefully presented with the correct formatting, referencing, spelling and grammar (LLO 5, 6)
Perfect spelling, consistent and considered referencing and punctuation. Language is clear and summaries are succinct. An excellent selection of sources compiled to best inform your practice and concerns
Very good spelling, consistent and considered referencing and punctuation. Good expression and summaries of each text. A variety of quality sources.
Some good referencing although some anomalies and inconsistencies could be addressed. More attention to being as succinct as possible.
Referencing system is unclear, expression and spelling inconsistent. Sources of information may not be the best quality.
Limited or no appropriate referencing, spelling, expression and summaries insufficient or incomplete.
A demonstration of sustained curiosity and criticality with regards to contextualising these texts within your practice and conceptual concerns. (LLO 3,4,5)
Excellent critical engagement with the selected texts, explaining clearly how and why they are useful to your research project and its key concerns.
Very good engagement and understanding of selected texts and explanation for why they are of importance to your research project and its key concerns.
Interesting summaries of texts, although it may be less clear why each text is of importance to your project or demonstration of understanding or adequately summarising each text.
Summaries of text unclear or less obvious why or how they are informing your practice.
Unclear how each text relates to practice or summarised in a way that is insufficient or incomplete.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
DUE WEEK 11
In this 2,500 word proposal, you will articulate your research question/s and outline how you plan to carry out your studio research for this project. You will provide contextual research in the forms of literature and material research reviews before laying out what your plan is for how you will see your body of creative work realised. You will include a reference list and the Chicago referencing system. We will review and workshop plans and drafts of these proposals in class in weeks 6, 7 and 8.
A 2,500 visual art honours research proposal that:
- Clearly articulates the scope of the research project with careful attention to presentation, communication and structure (LO 4)
- Demonstrates an ability to research and present a coherent body of artworks (LO 1)
- Explores materials and processes in ways that are experimental and informed (LO 2)
- Contextualises the research with relevant historical and contemporary practices, carefully referenced. (LO 5)
- Critically evaluates the research trajectory and process (LO 3, 6)
Clearly articulates the scope of the research project with careful attention to presentation, communication and structure (LO 4)
Clear and confident articulation of scope of the research project with excellent attention to presentation, spelling, captions, communication and structure.
Very good articulation of the research project with considered attention to presentation structure, spelling, captions, communication and structure.
A good summary of the research project with some attention being paid to spelling and captions. Communication and structure could be better refined and rehearsed.
Main focus of the research not really explained. More attention to spelling, captions and footnotes could enhance this, along with more planning when it comes to structure and communication.
Inadequate articulation of the scope of the research project. Limited to no attention given to presentation and communication planning.
Demonstrates an ability to research and present a coherent body of artworks (LO 1)
Sophisticated and nuanced insight provided to the presented artworks and processes and articulation of their importance.
A critical and insightful articulation of the artwork’s trajectory and processes and articulation of their importance.
Some good insight into the value of this artwork trajectory and processes but a firmer articulation of their importance would enhance this.
Limited reflection on the artwork trajectory and processes and articulation of their importance.
Unclear of the rationale for the research trajectory and processes or why they are important.
Explores materials and processes in ways that are experimental and informed (LO 2)
Refined, experimental and innovative approach to materials and practice-based research methodologies.
Experimental and novel approach to practice-based research methodologies.
A competent exploration of materials with some markers of experimentation or innovation.
Limited evidence of practice-based research and/or competency with material exploration.
Unclear how the materials have been explored
Contextualises the research with relevant historical and contemporary practices, carefully referenced. (LO 5)
Highly sophisticated engagement with contextual research, coalesced into a comprehensive and well-referenced argument.
Excellently contextualised with historical and contemporary practices.
Good research but more effort to demonstrate why these contemporary and historical practices are key to your research would enhance this.
Evidence of some research but it lacks quality or a clear articulation of why these historical and contemporary practices have informed your research. References may also need work.
Limited to no references made to contextual research.
Critically evaluates the research trajectory and process (LO 3, 6)
Methodologies are clearly articulated and evaluated, demonstrating a nuanced and substantial contribution to the research field.
Methodologies are clearly articulated and evaluated, demonstrating an interesting contribution to the research field.
Methodologies are articulated with some level of evaluation but hard to ascertain which were most or least successful.
Methodologies less articulated and/or limited evaluation of where the contribution to knowledge is or how successful it is.
Unclear what the methodologies are or where the research exists.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Studio examination of current progress of investigation
DUE WEEK 12+13
Work and tests to be installed in the workshop area. If in progress, work must be installed to give a sense of how it will be displayed when complete. Works in progress and rejects should also be included. New media students must have rendered tests and projects to the stage of its development. The work is marked, and students are encouraged to have developed some work to a finished stage.
Work should be accompanied by tests and material that display the contextual research, for example: research journals, books and monographs of artists/designers of interest. Students are given 10 minutes to introduce their project and explain its development. This is followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Feedback will be given mostly verbally in person by the examination panel followed by the marked rubric and a grade in writing.
Devise, plan and execute a body of studio investigations
A body of work of exceptional quality with a very high level of originality and insightfulness.
A body of work of high quality with a high level of originality and insightfulness
A competent body of work that has some originality.
Adequate body of work
Incomplete or flawed body of work or project
Select and combine materials and processes skilfully to give visual form to ideas.
Exceptionally skilful selection and combination of materials and processes
Exceptional presentation of ideas in visual form
High quality selection and combination of materials and processes
High quality presentation of ideas in visual form
Competent selection and combination of materials and processes
Competent presentation of ideas in visual form
Selection and/or combination of materials and processes evident
Adequate presentation of ideas in visual form
Selection and/or combination of materials and processes not adequate
Presentation of materials and processes not adequate
Develop a studio-based methodology relevant for a specified topic.
An exceptional level of skills & knowledge astutely applied to develop & articulate the project
Very high level of skills & knowledge applied to develop & articulate the project
Capable application of appropriate skills & knowledge to develop and articulate project
Basic skills & knowledge applied to develop and articulate project.
Appropriate skills & knowledge not evident in developing or articulating project
Apply progressive research questions to studio investigations.
Critical analysis applied to relevant materials, processes and concepts. Demonstrates critical evaluation of work to develop research. Key concepts are clearly explained and critically engaged with
Analysis applied to relevant materials, processes and concepts. Demonstrates sound evaluation of work to develop research. Key concepts are explained but not consistently engaged with.
Processes and concepts are described. Attempts made to analysis, attempts made to evaluation work to develop research. Limited explanation of key concepts. Materials, processes are described
Materials, processes are described, limited evaluation of work to develop research, limited description only of key concepts
Concepts, materials, processes are not described, no evaluation of work to develop research, key not explained
Identify and describe relevant historical and contemporary practices and relate them to the projects concerns by integrating studio and contextual investigation/research.
Highly sophisticated engagement with theoretical research.
Critically analyses, and evaluates and synthesises with studio outcomes.
High-level reflection on a range of theoretical issues. Critically analyses and evaluates the studio research.
Shows some developing capacity for theoretical concerns, but limited reflection at this stage. Analyses and attempts to evaluates the studio research
Capacity or interest in theoretical engagement at a basic level, needs to expand horizons to effectively analyse outcomes. Does not evaluate the studio research.
Lack of evidence of reflection on broader theoretical issues. No critical analysis or studio research evaluation.
Explain and provide a rationale for the practice-led research project.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is exceptional.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is thorough
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is competent.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is adequate.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is inadequate
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Contemporary Visual Arts Practice, Art History, Computational History, Art Economies, Installation Art, Media Art, Art Writing
Dr Raquel Ormella