Course Title: Creative Practice Research Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Creative Practice Research Strategies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Pia Ednie-Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Acceptance and enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research Degree (Masters by research or PhD), that will be undertaken through creative practice research. The course is specifically for candidates who will be examined by project (rather than by thesis).

Course Description

This course applies to all HDR candidates who conduct practice-based research in the architecture, design and artistic practice research disciplines. The title used throughout the course-guide for this type of research will be: creative practice research.

Creative practice research is research in the medium of creative practice itself. This course will set out key aspects of the nature of the practice research paradigm and introduce you to its operational presuppositions, context and background. It will familiarise you with the developmental phases of a creative practice research candidature, the milestone reviews and with relationships between the various components of creative practice research: ie. artefacts/exhibitions, text/ADR, verbal presentations, performances and events.

The course will showcase different perspectives on creative practice research strategies and methodologies, foregrounded by case studies. The course will help you to locate yourself within the paradigm, to develop the research techniques, skills and practices that will contribute to developing and articulating your specific research trajectory, and to manoeuvre more confidently throughout your candidature.

The course facilitates ongoing peer support networks. You will be encouraged to communicate your work and research interests through seminar and symposia discussion with peers, including peer feedback.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Differentiate the nature of creative practice research from other research methodologies and situate your specific research project and approaches within the creative practice research paradigm.
• Develop upon and refine your initial research proposal.

• Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relevant to your research proposal.

• Critically reflect on your research trajectory and potential contribution to creative practice research culture.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be offered through face-to-face symposia and seminars, augmented by online components. In some participating Schools It will be offered in an intensive mode. Fullfilling the course remotely is possible by special arrangement only.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to focus learning around your specific research topics and interests, such that you are learning about and refining your research strategies as part of (rather than separately from) working on your specific research project.
This is a pass/fail only course, which aims to be an initial resource and support leading toward confirmation. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document which can be found here.