Research Methodology in Arts


Teaching Staff: Kolokytha Charalabia
Course Code: THE701
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 7th
ECTS: 5
Teaching Units: 3
E Class Page: https://opencourses.ionio.gr/courses/DAVA117/

Teaching Structure:
ActivitySemester Workload
Lectures26
Lab Lectures0
Tutorial13
Hands-on Lab0
Practice and Preparation30
Independent Study56
Course Total (ECTS: 5)125

Prerequisite to / Recommended to: (PRO050), (THE848)
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Short Description:

The course explores the concepts and practices of research processes that are related to and applied to art in the context of a qualitative research approach that combines thematically artistic creativity (with an emphasis on the field of new media art) and scientific research. The course aims to provide basic knowledge of the main quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and in particular to introduce students to various forms of research methods applied in the field of the arts (eg narrative, interpretive or visual research), analyzing their theoretical background and providing sufficient relevant practical experience.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to familiarize students with the basics of contemporary methodological approaches in art, to understand different approaches, to relate them to other fields in an interdisciplinary context, and to gain an important background in theory and practice in art, and the constitution of a research question. Through this process the course aims to develop critical thinking and discourse on a variety of research and artistic issues, while placing the foundations for further exploring and developing students' research practices in an interdisciplinary context.


Syllabus:

1. Introductory presentation of the course structure and organization. Summary of indicative themes and relationships between them. Introduction to the basic definitions and concepts of interest. First discussion and analysis of examples with students' participation.
2. Types of research, humanities and social studies. Methodological approaches to art. Assignment.
3. Introduction to Qualitative Methods.
4. Art-Based research methods. Experience and subjectivity.
5. Theory and Practice. Mid-term presentation of projects.
6. Introduction to ethnography.
7. Self-ethnographic group activity. Listening to the 'self'.
8. Art and participatory research.
9. Art and interdisciplinarity. Art as a research tool in different fields. Research practices.
10. Quantitative methods, data management and representation.
11. Imitation, recycling, repetition, reconstruction.
12. The art of transcendence. The art of metaphor.
13. Presentation of projects.


Suggested Bibliography:

Leavy, Patricia (2009) Method meets Art: Arts-based Research Practice. London / New York: The Guilford Press

McNiff, Shaun (1998) Art-based Research. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Borgdorff, Henk (2009) Artistic Research within the Fields of Science. Sensuous Knowledge 6. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts

Borgdorff, Henk (2006) The Debate on Research in the Arts. Sensuous Knowledge 2. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Sullivan, Graeme (2005) Art practice as research: inquiry in visual arts. London: SAGE


Teaching Methods:

Lectures, group discussions, scientific research, use of applications, use of audiovisual media, assignments that are progressing during the semester, independent study and guided research, comparative analysis, use of new technologies in order to explore concepts and themes, group presentations, educational content including current art-related issues.


Evaluation Methods:

The course progresses with lectures, discussions, and exercises that need to be completed during the semester. For the final evaluation are estimated: lesson participation, development of tasks, completeness of execution, creative approach to the subject, in-depth understanding of the concepts that students are dealing with.


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