Practice Based Research in the Arts - Stanford UniversityNovoEd
What you'll learn on the course
A unique online course and multi-platform site dedicated to an interrogation of practice-based research in the arts. Users upload documentation and excerpts of work in progress alongside reflections with an emphasis placed on the intersections of creative and critical methodologies. This course centers on creating an opportunity for students to develop frameworks (context, tools and networks) which will enhance their ability to articulate practical-creative research within academic contexts. The online nature of this course stems from our desire to create an open forum for artist-scholars, national and international, who may wish to participate and form a convivial creative community of arts practitioners within the academy.
The class will run for 10 weeks from 25th September – 4th December 2013 with weekly online sessions. The site contains an online library of collective archives and databases, alongside which students will build their own personal libraries/archives and reflections. During the course there will be dialogues with Hill and Paris as well as with professional artist-scholars invited as guest speakers.
• Establish and pursue Studio Practice within an academic framework, using the online space to make this work accessible to others, discovering, creating and articulating practice-based methodologies bespoke to you own research. • Partake in creative exchange with other scholar/artists, cross referencing practice-based research with other students and faculty regionally, nationally and internationally. • Contribute collectively to an open platform where theory is imbricated within practice and help to develop a culture in which we articulate and show evidence for our practice-based research inquiry at different stages of development. • To engage in critical inquiry and readings of practice-based case studies in conversation with studio work. • To engage thoughtfully in the documentation of your practice, developing an accessible portfolio or online studio of images, writings, designs, video, sound files, and links alongside deep reflection, synthesis and inter- and intra- disciplinary knowledge of contexts. • To contribute to a shared sense of others’ practice, building a vocabulary of practice-based methodology and critique which in turn should strengthen your reflection on and critical awareness of your own work.
By the end of the course, students will be able to: • Develop and articulate your own practice-based methodologies within your artistic discipline, mapping your practice to other work in the field • Develop thoughtful creative approaches to self and peer critique of practice-based work • Create and disseminate practice-based research methodologies and outcomes within an epistemological framework.
Assessment and Grading
There will be weekly assignments and prompts (ongoing), project work (due week 9) and a reflection paper (due week 10). 40% Ongoing weekly assignments and responses • engaging creatively and critically with online class discussions and critiques • developing elegant, original practice-based research questions • development of practice-based methodology within an epistemological framework • mapping your practice-based research reference to other work the field • documentation of your artistic practice over the course • developing tools for critique and evaluation (self and peer) 35% Project work – due week 9 • aesthetic and conceptual choices • documentation and dissemination of practice-based research outcomes within an epistemological framework 25% Written paper, ‘Articulating Practice’ – due week 10 • Articulation of your own praxis/methodology for creative work within academic contexts • Application of relevant texts and case studies