Courses & Units

Creative Arts and Media Research Methods FSX401


This unit provides you with ideas, knowledge, and skills for research practice across a broad range of disciplines in creative arts and media. You will become familiar with research resources, diverse methodological approaches, research governance, and various means of interpreting and framing research outcomes that you will apply to the design of your research project.

You will situate the concerns informing your research in the context of current theoretical ideas and critical debate in the creative arts and media, as well as identifying the key examples of creative practice that are relevant to your project. You will consider diverse cultural perspectives in how research frameworks are developed and applied. From individual studio-based projects in specific media through to collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, this unit introduces a range of methodologies that explore the relationship between making and research that will prepare you for a range of professional and academic outcomes.


Unit name Creative Arts and Media Research Methods
Unit code FSX401
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline College Office - CALE
Coordinator Associate Professor Rohan Nicol
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Design and develop a research project relevant to your discipline informed by contemporary social and cultural challenges in a local and/or global context.
  • Identify and evaluate appropriate sources and methodologies to address research questions in your discipline(s).
  • Analyse theoretical ideas, current critical debates, and the work of arts practitioners and professionals relevant to the theme of your project.
  • Examine and interpret research governance and ethics concerns in the context of student-led research.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
109999 $1,037.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,625.00

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Teaching Pattern

On campus (Hobart and Launceston)  

Weekly tutorial/ workshop (varies 0 - 3) 

Synchronous online weekly lecture (0 – 3) 

Note: Honours Methods symposia Week 2 (5 hours) 

Plus, an additional 7-hour engagement with unit content and self-directed learning per week 

AssessmentTask 2: Ethics Position Paper (20%)|Task 3: Literature Review (30%)|Task 1: Project Proposal (50%)
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