Creative Practice Research Strategies (ARCH1429)


ARCH1429 is for candidates enrolled in a PhD or Masters by research at RMIT University where it is being conducted through creative practice research (CPR).

ARCH1429 Course guides

The course operates through a combination of on-line and face-to-face engagement. Most candidates do this course spread out over a semester, meeting at specific times adjacent to working through the online components. Some, who are not located in Melbourne, do the on-line components before meeting for an ‘intensive’ over a few days. Doing the course via intensive mode is dependent on whether your School is offering this in any given semester.

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This course is set up to collectively explore ways of engaging in creative practice research (CPR). There is no one correct ‘model’ or template through which to proceed as every creative practice research project presents different challenges and opportunities for the development of knowledge. Unlike the conventions of scientific research, which measured variables against constants and verifies through reproducibility, creative practice research is grounded in difference, specificity and situated action. As such, case studies are seen as crucial for attaining a breadth of knowledge about this area of research. This web site accumulates videos and artefacts that offer you access to a wide range of examples, or case studies, of creative practice researchers, and their projects.

A Masters or a PhD is considered ‘research training’, and by enrolling you can expect to learn from those who have a lot of experience with CPR. However, it is also accurate to say that we are all always ‘in training’, whereby supervisors and examiners are always learning from those they supervise and examine. Together, we are all working out how to navigate the complexities, idiosyncrasies and evolution of researching through creative means, and how to navigate (differently each time) the particularities of every research candidature and/or project.

A key aspect this course is the opportunity to develop peer networks. A key proposition underlying the course is that research is always a collective enterprise (see Collective Ground). As such, the course tries to emphasise the sharing of experiences about researching, offering peer-to-peer feedback, and developing community. The material and resources made available are premised on the idea that the actuality of CPR research is non-linear, iterative and emergent. One aim is to acknowledge and thereby lessen potential anxiety that can arise as part of the often messy, uncertain, emergent and sometimes risky nature of researching.

You (and/or your supervisor) may disagree with some of the approaches, attitudes or characterisations of creative practice research explored here. Differences are welcome: the course enables you the chance to express alternatives; to differ.  No candidature is the same, and there are no viable templates to follow. The guides, resources and navigational tools offered here will vary in their relevance for each research candidate.

Many issues raised during the semester may not make as much sense early on as they do at a later stage when they become more immediately pertinent. For this reason we invite you to return and access the resources when they are most relevant for you.

As you move through your candidature, you may feel inclined to share useful information with others on the wiki (see below).