Arts-based research in design education

Franz, Jill M. (2005) Arts-based research in design education. In AQR Conference, 13-16 July, Melbourne.


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 paper 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 paper 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: 9106
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:44

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