Addressing Studio Creative Practice (VA 505)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
Elif Emine Ayiter,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,On-line task/distance,Studio work/practice
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning
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This course aims to enable artists and designers to theorize and to write effectively on their own creative output and projects, as well as to give them the ability to conduct research, introduce research analysis and design and develop theory in wider related fields such as art theory, art criticism, art education, new media, curatorial studies and the like. Although the methodology of research of the theory of artistic practice can be seen to be a merger of qualitative inquiry, aesthetics and narratology; nevertheless given the oftentimes subjective nature of writing about one’s own projects creative output calls for additional approaches and tools, which also include the ability to put together a solid documentation of personal creative as well as integrating such an output into a documentation both as an academic text and the presentation / summation thereof. The course also aims to expose students to ethical considerations in research and publishing.


  • To enable artists and designers to theorize and to write effectively on their own creative output and projects, as well as to give them the ability to conduct research and develop theory in wider related fields such as art theory, art criticism, art education, new media, curatorial studies and the like.


1. Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5

2. Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 5

3. Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5

4. Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 5

5. Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5

6. Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 5

7. Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 5

8. Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 5

9. Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 5

10. Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 5

11. Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 5

12. Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 5

13. Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5

14. Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 5

15. Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 5

16. Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 5

1. Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5

2. Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 5

3. Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5

4. Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 5

5. Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5

6. Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5

1. Develop, interpret and use statistical analyses in decision making.


  Percentage (%)
Term-Paper 25
Participation 25
Written Report 25
Presentation 25


Optional Readings

Barone, T. E., Eisner, E. W., (2011) Arts Based Research Sage Publications, USA.

Biggs, M., Buchler, D., (2008). Eight criteria for practice-based research in the creative and cultural industries, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 7(1), pp: 5 ? 18.

Busch, K., (2009), Artistic Research and the Poetics of Knowledge, Art & Research A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods, 2(2), Accessed 12/01/2012.

Candlin, F., (2000), Practice-based doctorates and questions of academic legitimacy. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 19 (1). pp: 96 - 101

Gray, C., Malins, J., (2004), Visualizing Research: A Guide To The Research Process In Art And Design, Ashgate Publishers, UK.

Leavy, P., (2008) Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice, The Guilford Press, USA.

McNiff, S., (1998) Art-Based Research, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK.

Siegesmund, R., (2010) Tensions of Art-Based Practice in Educational Settings

Smith, H., (ed), Dean, R. T., (ed), (2009). Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts (Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities), Edinburgh University Press, Scotland

Sullivan, G., (2009). Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts, Sage Publications, USA.
Working papers in Art & Design Journal

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