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Research Methodologies in Arts

Code 16270
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 15
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Artes
Entry requirements N. A.
Learning outcomes This course aims to promote critical sense, the effectiveness in the implementation and publication of an investigation or a project, rigor, assertiveness and ethics of the students through the understanding and application of methodologies and relevant research techniques in the field of visual arts , performative, projective, cinematic and interactive, whether theoretical nature research, and art as its object or practical basis, taking art as beginning and an end.
We consider fundamental the development of the problematization capacity by selecting the approach methodology, diagnostic techniques, analysis and structuring the program, as well as strategy development and transmission of appropriate knowledge to practical purposes, according to the scientific and artistic paradigms and idiosyncrasies force .
The skills to be developed are both heuristics, theoretical, methodical, deductive, inductive and abductive up, as is so typical of the arts.
Syllabus I – Definitions 1. Science and common sense 2. Art & Science 3. Research on and through the Arts 4. Intermediality 5. Arts-based research 6. Problem II – Methodology 1. Programme and project 2. Field, object and theme 3. Typology of fonts 4. Objectives 5. Questions, hypotheses and analogies 6. Observation, collection and interpretation 7. Qualitative and quantitative methods 8. Inductive, deductive, and abductive logic 9. Experimentation III – Standards 1. Rules and techniques of observation and analysis 2. Distinction Between Citation, Paraphrasing, and Plagiarism 3. Scientific and artistic ethics 4. Referencing standards (APA, etc.) 5. Formatting and presentation 6. The pre-textual, the textual and the post-textual 7. Document types (report, essay, project, article, dissertation, thesis) 8. Annexes IV – Issue 1. Structure / Diagram 2. Style / Plastic 3. Writing/Visual 4. Publishing/Displaying
Main Bibliography ARCHER, B. (1995). The nature of research. Codesign, Interdisciplinary Journal of Design (January), 6–13.
BROUWER, J.; Mulder, A.; Nigten, A. (2005). Research and Development in Art. V2/NAI.
BROWN, T, et alli (2011). En torno a la investigación artística. MACBA/UAB.
FEYERABEND, P. (1988). Against Method. Verso
FRAYLING, C. (1993). Research in Art and Design. Royal College of Art.
JÄRVINEN, P.(2004). On a variety of research output types. University of Tampere.
KNOWLES, G.J. (2008). Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues (511-525). Sage.
LEAVY, P. (2009). Art meets method: Arts-based research practice. Guilford Press.
ROSE, G. (2001). Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials, Sage.
Silberberger, J. Ed. (2022). Against and for Method: Revisiting Architectural Design as Research. gta Verlag
SULLIVAN, G. (2005). Art practice as research: Inquiry in the visual arts. Sage.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria
Classes will discuss the points of the program and case studies of the application of concepts and different methodologies brought by the professor and/or guests. In the second part of the semester, students will present their pre-projects which will be commented on by another student. Given the eminently formative and teleological nature, the evaluation consists of the assessment of the pre-project thesis, taking into account the mastery of the concepts and subjects presented, and considers the degree of satisfaction of the objectives, the quality of the fulfillment of the tasks, the perception that the student reveals these factors, progression and attendance.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.


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Media Arts
Last updated on: 2023-10-16

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