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Research and development workshops and intensives

Gjoko Muratovski speaking about modern storytelling

Gjoko Muratovski speaking about modern storytelling at a Theory Spine seminar

The School of Art, Architecture and Design is a vibrant research community that provides support to build research capacity whilst acknowledging the importance of difference and reflection in a competitive publications environment.


Research and development workshops

The research and development workshops are held monthly (usually on the first Friday afternoon of the month). They were implemented to build the research capacity and enhance the research culture of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD). The audience for these workshops is AAD staff researchers and postgraduate students.

The research and development workshops translate research policies into ways of working and 'doing' research to produce responsible and innovative outcomes. They are closely related to the Theory Spine seminars and other symposiums across the school such as the Artistspeak public program. In this way the rich and diverse mix of people and discipline groups that constitute AAD come together as artists, designers and architects with a blend of poetry and pragmatism to generate answers to some of the larger research problems that face society today.

Writing and publishing resources

The following files are in PDF format (download Adobe Acrobat):

Writing an exhibition proposal

As Director of the SASA Gallery, Mary Knights presented some useful hints and tips on how to write an exhibition proposal.  This included the process for writing to exhibit at the SASA Gallery.

A childish perspective: designing literacy materials for children with dyslexia

This presentation discusses some concerns about just how 'seriously we take the child reader'.  It explores how the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods can help the designers of literacy materials for children create more effective reading books through the practical example of a series of studies undertaken with children who experience reading difficulty.

What is Architectural History?

Architects and patrons have long been interested in the field of precedents and exemplars on which the architect's work draws and which it, in turn, extends for architects of the future.  The nineteenth-century emergence of a modern, scientific historiography of architecture as a department of Kunstwissenschaft provoked a shift in the nature of the questions asked by architects of their history: from the maintenance of traditional knowledge and enquiry into architecture persistent values to the theoretical examination of historical patterns and shifts, significance and such mechanisms as influence, transmission, expression and representation.

Practice as Research: prove it in words!

This workshop comes highly recommended following last year's ACUADS conference.  Barbara takes an artwork and explains step by step how to write it in words.  Therefore for those of you who become frustrated by the need to justify everything and to prove everything that you create and make (as research) in words, come along and see how it can be done quite painlessly.


Research intensives

Four research intensives are scheduled into the calendar every year. Weekend and week retreats are planned for 2011. Outcomes from these intensives, including photos, will be included here.


News and views from the Federal Government

Opportunities for Design Policy (PDF file, 3.5mb) - Associate Professor Joanne Cys
Summary of Minister Kim Carr's address on the Cutler Review regarding the white paper Powering ideas: an innovation agenda for the 21st century, addressing the question: What opportunities does Powering ideas present for design to be articulated in relation to a national innovation policy?


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For more information about research and development workshops and intensives within the School of Art, Architecture and Design, please contact the Portfolio Leader Research Dr Kathleen Connellan (email Kathleen.Connellan@unisa.edu.au or phone +618 8302 0355).