Thursday, 24 April 2014


Introduction to a 9 month research topic leading to dissertation -  total of 40 credits - 9,000 words.
Logical progression from COP 1 and 2. 
Intellectual and academically challenging.

Remaking theory, rethinking practice.
"Theory provides the basis to ask questions, and challenge intellectually."

"Critical thinking and making skills are crucial for success"

A project researching a grand question.

New module as of 2013/14.
A common module across all degrees at LCA. 

Individual module leader and tutor throughout dissertation period.

An academic module, designed to assess your intellectual engagement and theoretical understanding of your creative practice.

An individually driven, synthesised research project with interrelated practical and written elements. 

Due at the end of the the 1st semester in Level 6.

Crafting, research and theory should relate dynamically to the topic chosen to research.

Dissertation guide shown on E-Studio. 

A body of practical work, as well as supporting research and engagement with the topic - blogs, notebooks, etc.

Different routes and aesthetic styles, as well as deadlines run across different courses.

Proposal for COP 3, handed in and received back before Summer in order to start research throughout the summer break.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the aesthetic, cultural, historical, technological, social, political or other contexts relevant to individual subject disciplines. 

Cognitive Skills
- Logical reasoning and critical judgement to analyse ideas from a range of primary and secondary sources. Triangulation and synthesis. Applied through both written and design skills.

Practical and Professional Skills
- Evidence the capacity for undertaking a wide range of independent practical and theoretical research that demonstrates an informed application of critical, effective and testable processes.

Key Transferrable Skills
- Organise, plan and effectively manage self-directed studies and research. 
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the synthesis between the theoretical and practical contexts of their own creative concern. Synthesis should be shown throughout all deliverable elements.

Synthesis: All component parts of the project engaging in one complex, dynamic process. Informed engagement with the realisation of theory in, and through, practice. This is also said to be known as 'Praxis'.

COP3 is a synthesised research project from the very beginning. 

COP 3 Proposal Form:

Complete the four questions in an holistic manner, to understand the chosen topic at hand. 

Available on E-Studio also for digital variations and changes, along with a guide to answering the questions.

Submit the proposal form via the dropbox on e-studio before the deadline. The more clarity, the more positive and clear feedback will be given. 


How have historical, cultural, social, technological, economic, political and other factors influence it?
Who are the key figures within my chosen subject?
What is the specific history of my chosen subject?
Are there any dominant or prevailing attitudes that inform my subject?
Is my subject culturally contextual?


How will you approach your chosen subject?
What sort of questions will you ask and why?
Different questions about the same topic bring in different opinions and angles to work with.
METHODOLOGY and METHODOLOGIES. The final project must have one. Systematic and logical approach to a topic. 

Some Methodologies:

Select a particular approach, or a fusion of approaches/methodologies.
In choosing a methodology you are disregarding the other methodologies available to chose form and work with.

Discourse Analysis
Feminism/1st/2nd Wave/Radical
Queer Theory
Gender Studies
Reflective Practice
Empirical Investigation
Data Collection
Participant Observation

Epistemology - The philosophy of the relative worth or merits of knowing. Choosing an epistemological route.

Research can be conducted through practice as well as research.
Set up a process, a research experiment, tests, focus groups.
Can be a 'blended' approach also.
Set boundaries and experiments for yourself, to gain primary research for the project. 
Adapt and change techniques.


How are you going to research? And why? 
Do I need to research into materials? Papers? Inks? Tutorials?
Historical Research.
How do you maximise the effectiveness of your research?
Interviews? Questionnaires? - Targeted questions, structure, open/closed etc.


Who is your research project for?
Find a focus, and make it real. Aim it at a specific audience, company, impressionable contacts, real world issues/people, charities, businesses, people, media, etc = more thought, more planning, real research, primary and live response. 
Real limitations, live briefs, real work, changed tone of voice and style which is dependant on topic and the audience.
Adaption opposed to being egotistical. 
Opportunities for collaboration.
Work against existing knowledge/aesthetics/ideas - Make it challenging and engaging. Interesting and challenging.