The course provides a foundation for students embarking on a self‐directed process of study, research and practice leading to a practice-based output in one of a number of mediated forms supported by the department (see below). During the first term the student is required to submit a proposal for either a group or solo project, depending on the project. A significant feature of the course is that once the student's proposed area of activity has been agreed, they are mentored in working towards their goal through regular focused tutorials with a staff member who has experience in that area. The course also consists of a series of lectures and workshops designed to support and inform the student in their approach to practice-based research across the spectrum of disciplines represented by the department.
Course Delivery Overview
During the course various practice based research methodologies will be presented in lectures and put to the test through practical workshops. The lectures will also give practical information and advice to support students in sustaining a research based creative practice beyond undergraduate level.
Students will also be supported in their project by a supervisor. Supervisors are assigned to students following the student's submission of a completed proposal form. In addition to a completed project and evidence of that project in progress, students will also be asked to hand in a 4000 word essay, detailing their working methodology, putting it in context of their knowledge of other practice and research in the field and evaluating their output against these measures.