Practice Research Dissertation in Creative Arts and Industries (20 Credits) CCA4008P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In this course, students conduct practice-based research on a topic relevant to the Creative Arts and Industries programme. The research may utilise any of the creative and critical practices relevant to the degree, and may consist of one central piece of practice research or a portfolio of related artefacts. This will be accompanied by a piece of reflective writing on the practice research.


3 hour workshop in Junior Honours year

2 hour workshop in Senior Honours year

Approximately 3 x 1 hour supervision sessions

1 x 2 hour peer review session

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours Creative Arts and Industries

Excluded Courses

Applied Dissertation with Placement in Creative Arts and Industries (40 credits)

Applied Dissertation with Placement in Creative Arts and Industries (20 credits)

Dissertation in Creative Arts and Industries (40 Credits)

Dissertation in Creative Arts and Industries (20 Credits)

Practice Research Dissertation in Creative Arts and Industries (40 Credits)




Portfolio of practice research (determined on a case by case basis) - 70%

Critical Reflection (2500 words) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable student to construct a practice research project on an appropriate topic, which is clear and realistic in scope, and seeks to make a contribution both to student's own learning and to debates within their chosen field

■ develop the student's independent practice research skills

■ facilitate the production an extended piece (or portfolio) of practice research, with evidence of original research

■ develop the student's ability to reflect critically on their practice research including evaluating their peers' work-in-progress

■ develop the student's professional standards for the presentation of practice research material

■ use the supervision process to develop skills in communication and in using feedback (both oral and written)

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evidence a practical understanding of the relationship between creative practice and intellectual enquiry;

■ exhibit a range of transferable research skills including the ability to: organise time and resources effectively; identify and access relevant source materials; identify appropriate research methods for the project.

■ communicate effectively with their supervisor and use feedback constructively and reflectively in producing the final work

■ evince a thorough knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic and a critical awareness of the relationship of their own practice research to other work in the field.

■ present research information and argument in creative, communicative and intellectually coherent forms

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.