An introduction to creative practice research

Welcome to this open course introducing creative practice research. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed developing the course and developing the creative practice research methodology over many years. Click on the plus icons below to get more information about the course, a short video on how to a practice based PhD and access to the course lessons.

Best wishes

Professor Richard Blythe
Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University


This open course is designed to develop the skills and understanding necessary to enable creative practitioners to undertake research in their field of creativity. Typically these are art and design disciplines. The course is based upon an approach to design research that has been successfully developed at RMIT University over a number of years.

This open course is unique in a number of ways. Not only does it focus on a unique design research methodology but it does so in an open, exploratory and collaborative way. It is open to anyone to undertake although it’s focus is on those learners that are interested in developing their skills in design research.

The course does not attempt to lead you through a series of items of content with an expert describing the topic in a prescribed way. Rather the course aims to provide a series of questions and discussion points with ideas about how they might be solved and what they might mean for your practice. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts, mentors and peers in exploring these questions and

For those learners that are enrolled in the creative practice research doctoral program at RMIT University you will find that the content and activities are related to the annual Practice Research Symposium (PRS) that is held in Melbourne, Barcelona and Ghent. The PRS is a required part of the creative practice research doctoral program at RMIT University but (like this course) anyone is welcome to attend and we recommend that you use it as an opportunity to meet your peers face to face. You can find out more about what the PRS is and when it runs on the PRS page. You can also view videos and presentations from previous symposia.

There are a number of learning modules that you can undertake. The choice of modules that you study will depend upon the type of learner that you are and the stage that you are at in your research program.

The course consists of video learning content along with a set of activities that we recommend that you complete. There are also assessment activities for each module.

As you complete the learning activities and assessments you will have the opportunity to earn micro credentials (also known as open badges). These are unique to you as a learner and can be used to demonstrate your learning to others. They can be displayed anywhere and we expect that they will, increasingly, become a valuable identifier of your mastery of skills and understanding.

Unlike many open courses this course also expects learners to interact with each other and with mentors and experts through social channels. The course has it’s own Twitter and Facebook accounts that are integrated into this site. The aim is to allow peer learning to develop, shared problems to be solved through collaboration and areas of focus to develop naturally.