Arts-based research methods
This course will explore the importance of art as a research method that contributes to qualitative approaches. This session will discuss the theoretical ideas in applying the use of art as a method. In this, we will draw on sociological theories including feminist and decolonizing approaches that contribute to the design and practice of adopting art-based methods.
Further, we will learn about the benefits and challenges in using art, and how this can assist in the research design. The session will explore the practical issues in applying art as a method, and how this can complement other proposed methods in the named study.
In this, we will look at the types of groups and research settings that may benefit in participating in arts-based methods, and how we are able to use these methods to explore perceptions, expressions, and feelings. In addition, this session will explore the ethical considerations in adopting arts-based methods, and we will explore in depth how art-based methods can influence the dynamics between the researcher and participants.
This part of the session will also discuss the importance of reflexivity in arts-based methods, and how the researcher can capture their positionality within the data collected. As a part of this, we will explore suitable analytical tools used to analyse artwork collated, and how this may complement other forms of data. Lastly, we will discuss ways on how to disseminate and generate forms of impact using artwork in research.
This will be an interactive session with a small group setting taught on campus. We will provide research case studies, practical exercises, and group discussions to facilitate this session.
Please note: this course does not cover the use of computer software programmes to assist qualitative data analysis. See events run by the CAQDAS networking project at the University of Surrey for training on specific CAQDAS packages.
- To understand the importance of arts-based methods in qualitative methodology
- To identify the benefits and challenges in using arts to explore the social world
- To discuss the practical and ethical considerations in collating data when using arts as a method
- To explore the analytical tools used in arts-based methods.
- The nature of creative approaches used in qualitative studies
- Theoretical and practical application in designing creative research methods
- Using creative methods in complex environments and working with vulnerable groups
- Practical exercises in pairs and small groups
- Final reflections, trouble shooting and ongoing sources of support.
Learning and teaching methods
Presentations, group discussions, guided exercises, past case studies, independent reading, independent group exercises.
Maria Adams is an Associate Professor in Criminology. Her research interests around prisons, families, and food. She has expertise in using qualitative approaches including the application of creative methods.
A basic understanding of creative methods in qualitative research.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£155Education and charitable sector applicants
£220Government and commercial sector applicants
What these fees include
Course materials, lunch voucher and refreshments.
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