Art and Design Research Methodologies – ARTS 780

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Students define the thesis or portfolio “problem” and conduct research through a variety of methods in order to envision the end state and how it may be achieved.

Prerequisites 

None

Rationale

In order to make meaningful contributions professionally, graduate students need to learn to ask the right questions in order to identify problems and need to learn how to conduct research in order to solve these problems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify a viable research problem.
  2. Apply research methods and processes.
  3. Assess research findings.
  4. Develop a research report and abstract.
  5. Propose a research report and abstract.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and be supported by at least 1 citation in current MLA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s threads. The reply must be 150 words and supported with at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Blogs (7)

The student is required to create a blog post in response to the provided prompt. The blog will track his/her progress on the thesis project. Requirements for each post varies.

Projects (5)

The student will complete 5 projects in preparation for part two of the thesis process:

Thesis Proposal Document Proof

Using InDesign, the student will draft a 10-page outline of the proposed thesis. Current MLA formatting standards must be used.

Thesis Proposal Video Proof

Using Spark, the student will draft a 2–5-minute video pitch of the proposed thesis.

Thesis Proposal Document and Video Final

The student will submit the final versions of the thesis document and video to Blackboard in addition to emailing the items to his/her committee.

Research Methods Design

The student will write and design primary research methods that will be implemented to fill the knowledge gap.

Research Report Proof

The student will write and design a comprehensive research report using InDesign that follows the model in the textbook. The report will articulate the project and research conducted during the semester. Current MLA formatting guidelines must be used.

Research Report and Committee Forms

The student will submit the final version of the research report along with the corresponding forms.

Design Brief

The student will write and design a design brief in current MLA format, which outlines the expectations for the art and design portion of his/her thesis projects. This document is the framework that will be taken into part two of the thesis process, the creation of deliverables.

Research Journals (3)

The student is required to provide a journal entry to track his/her research progress. Each entry must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge as well as significant research progress.