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This guide provides information and instruction around the process of creative practice research to assist HDR Candidates and academics.
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Creative practice research, also called practice-based research, is where a specific research question is explored via creative practice processes and/or via the product of a creative endeavour. It is commonly employed in art and design creative practice HDR projects. However, practice-based research also has a history in other disciplines such as medicine, engineering and education where it is often referred to as "action research".
Definitions vary, but research in the creative areas may be considered practice-based or practice-led (Skains, 2018). Practice-based research, according to PRAGUK (n.d.), is research where the "creative artefact is the basis of the contribution to knowledge", whereas in practice-led research the contribution of the research "leads primarily to new understandings about practice".
PRAGUK (n.d.) Methodology, PRAGUK, <https://prag-uk.org/glossary-of-terms/methodology/>
R. Lyle Skains (2018) Creative Practice as Research: Discourse on Methodology, Media Practice and Education, 19:1, 82-97, <DOI: 10.1080/14682753.2017.1362175>
The following video is a presentation and teaching supplement of practice-based methodology for arts practitioners.
The Practice of Research: A Methodology for Practice-Based Research in the Arts (32:09 mins) by L. Skaines (Youtube)