Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the research skills that enhance their cultural, creative, and practice-based practice-led research capacity in present and future learning and employment contexts in the Creative Industries. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods for Communication, Design, Music, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. In this course students deepen their understanding of the nature and importance of research methodology, and further develop the theoretical framework and overall research design of their Honours projects. The subject's interdisciplinary context also encourages students' engagement with diverse approaches to knowledge creation.

Student projects may include, but are not limited to: theoretical explorations and reviews; speculative design practices; professionally oriented projects; work-integrated learning and research-integrated learning opportunities; group / collaborative projects; external stakeholder based projects.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CAPA4002, CMNS4130, DESN4220, MUSI4402 and NHIL4002. Students who have successfully completed CAPA4002, CMNS4130, DESN4220, MUSI4402 or NHIL4002 are not eligible to enrol in CIND4002.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the theoretical assumptions that underpin different methodologies and practices of Creative Industries research.

2. Select and use appropriate Creative Industries research methodologies and methods for a proposed Honours research project.

3. Explain the theoretical foundations of their Honours research project.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of project management, practical, analytical, and imaginative skills in the development of their Creative Industries research project.

5. Produce a comprehensive literature or background review in support of a thesis.


Topics will include:

  • A review and elaboration of the key concepts that underlie thinking about Creative Industries research and practice.
  • Research methods in both traditional and practice-led modes of research.
  • Methods and practice of interdisciplinary research.
  • Critical, interpretative, and imaginative review of written, visual and sonic material.
  • Production of innovative work in the contexts of research, the Creative Industries and related professional fields.
  • Consideration of ethical, legal and sustainable professional practices and approaches to research.


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed CAPA4002, CMNS4130, DESN4220, MUSI4402, NHIL4002.

Students must be active in

Bachelor of Music (Honours) [10809] or

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) [11254] or

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) [11532] or

Bachelor of Communication (Honours) [11584] or

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assumed knowledge

Students should

- have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;

- have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.

Assessment items

Journal: Reflective Learning Journal – weekly blog 35%

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal (Combined Methodology/Literature review) 45%

Presentation: Presentation of Reworked Thesis Proposal 20%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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