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Arts-based research in design education

Franz, Jill M. (2007) Arts-based research in design education. Qualitative Research Journal, 7(2), pp. 22-35.

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Abstract

There is an urgent need in terms of changing world conditions to move beyond the dualist paradigm that has traditionally informed design research, education and practice. Rather than attempt to reduce uncertainty, novelty and complexity as is the conventional approach, an argument is presented in this article that seeks to exploit these qualities through a reconceptualisation of design in creative as well as systematic, rigorous and ethical terms. Arts-based research, which 'brings together the systematic and rigorous qualities of inquiry with the creative and imaginative qualities of the arts', is presented as being central to this reconceptualisation. This is exemplified in the application of art-informed inquiry in a research unit for graduating tertiary-level interior design students. The application is described in this article and is shown to rely substantially on the image and its capacity to open up and reveal new possibilities and meaning.

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ID Code: 41326
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Arts-Informed Research, Art-Informed Inquiry, Design Education, Phenomenology, Interior Design, Landscape
DOI: 10.3316/QRJ0702022
ISSN: 1443-9883
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 RMIT Publishing
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 16:18
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:31

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