Show/hide main menu


7AAIAM07 Arts-based Research Project

Module convenor: Dr Jessica Rapson
Teaching pattern: Two one-hour sessions and one two-hour session

Module description:

This module gives students the opportunity of drawing together their learning on all parts of the programme in the form of an individual arts-based research project relating to arts & cultural management or the cultural and creative industries.

Module aims

This module aims to build on learning from the taught modules in the MA Arts & Cultural Management by:

  • providing students with the opportunity to undertake an arts-based research project, which presents, performs, and/or communicates effectively to both specialist and non-expert audience(s), a considered and sustained argument or original investigation relevant to the Programme field, using appropriate artistic medium(s) or form(s) (e.g. creative writing, poetry, autobiographical narrative, music, film, video, performance, art installation etc.).
  • Questioning the assumptions and beliefs that lie behind what makes a ‘legitimate’ or ‘authentic’ dissertation, exploring the case for adopting alternative approaches, methods, conceptualisations, and arguments, including those associated with arts-based research.
  • Encouraging the critical assessment of both mainstream (social scientific) and alternative ways of knowing, research, representation, and personal practice (as evidenced by the student’s own arts-based research project), being able to write this up in the form of a cogently argued and well-presented critical report.
  • Developing and widening students’ creativity, research and communication skills such that working independently they are able to demonstrate confidence in gathering, assimilating, analysing, interpreting and disseminating relevant information (potentially of many different types) through application of one (or more) arts-based research approaches.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 7 module and in particular will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge, understanding and capabilities involved in devising, planning and delivering a compelling, insightful and original arts-based research project relating to arts & cultural management, communicated in a manner appropriate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Apply judgement in the choice of theoretical framework, methodology and source materials employed, defending their suitability given the particular research topic being examined, and the distinctiveness of the arts & cultural management context.
  • Critically evaluate their own arts-based research project, the extent to which their chosen approach contributes to a convincing sustained argument or original investigation, and the degree to which it succeeds in communicating emerging ideas and knowledge. 
  • Reflect on their development as (arts-based) researchers over the course of the module, paying particular attention to how their practical, lived approach to implementing the research design required them to modify, deviate from, replace and/or ignore mainstream social scientific research methods, writing this up in the form of a critical report.

Core reading

  • Barone, T. and Eisner, E.W. (2012) Arts-based Research, Sage.
  • Cahnmann-Taylor, M. and Siegesmund, R. (2008) Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice, Routledge.
  • Clandinin, D.J. (2007) Handbook of narrative inquiry: Mapping a methodology, Sage.
  • Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) (2008) The Authentic Dissertation, Routledge.
  • Knowles, J.G. and Cole, A.L. (eds) (2007) Handbook of the arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples and Issues, Sage.
  • Springgay, S., Irwin, R. and Gouzouasis, P. (eds) (2008) Being with a/r/tography.  Sense.


  • An arts-based research project - in a format agreed with research tutor 
  • A critical report (including notes and bibliography): (either 4,500 words if ‘arts-based’ or 7,500 words if ‘arts-informed’).

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

 The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454