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Visual Research Projects 2007-8


At the end of 2006, the ADM-HEA Subject Centre invited teams and individuals delivering any art, design and/or media subjects (including cultural and communications studies and art, design history) to submit proposals for projects, funded to a maxmimum of £15,000, related to visual research in the areas of learning and teaching. These were to include such areas as non-textbased assessment, technical skills, visual research, and the use of new technologies such as virtual reality.

The focus was to be on learning and teaching across as broad a range as possible of the art, design and media subjects and will run till the end of March 2008.

Following peer review, the four projects selected were:

Sketchbook - an online visual research resource

Dr Julia Gaimster, Academic Development Manager at University of the Arts London will be developing an online resource that enables students to view exemplars of the visual research process utilized by practitioners across a range of disciplines in art and design. Students will access the resource to develop, store and share their own research journals and enable social networking. Download the final report as PDF file


A Reflexive Archive: Contexts of Practice in Art and Design

Based at Nottingham Trent University, Professor Terry Shave led a collaboration of staff at Kingston University and Norwich School of Art and Design to develop a model for supplementing a live talks programme by professional practitioners with a student-led online forum. Developments included the use of a visual log to capture student learning experiences and workshops with students to develop visual and haptic responses. Download the final project report as a pdf file.

Visual research methodologies: supporting scholarly research in MA courses

Hilaire Graham, Director of Teaching and Learning is leading the MA course team at University College for the Creative Arts to develop an understanding of the nature of visual research through such tools as a digital video workshop based on the notion of documentary, psychography and cultural geography, on-line case studies and visual research workshop models to inform and develop MA students’ research skills in the creative arts.


For a full alphabetical list of all ADM-HEA projects, please click here.