Practice-based Research is a form of research that aims to advance knowledge partly by means of practice. The type of research is an original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. It includes the invention of ideas, images, performances and artefacts including design, where these lead to new or substantially improved insights.
Practice-based research (in particular for a PhD) is research where some of the resulting knowledge is embodied in an artefact. Whilst the significance and context of that knowledge is described in words, a full understanding of it can only be obtained with reference to the artefact itself. Artefacts in practice-based research can range from paintings and buildings to software and poems.
[Download] the PDF version of the Practice-Based Research guide, which CCS is developing as our understanding of the approaches emerges in relation to the projects with which we are involved.
The development of the guide is informed by a seminar series, documents of which are available as notes or video.
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Practice and the Role of Research
Differences between Practice-Based and Practice-Led Research
The PhD and Knowledge
Outline for a Practice Related Thesis
Advice to PhD Students
Questions and Answers
Definitions and Terms