Task 1: Observational research

Task: Visual essay with written synopsis Due:
Observation is a research method foundational to art and design. Rather than see research as something large,
forbidding and extremely serious, you are invited to initiate your research from something you personally

observe. This task asks you to communicate an issue that you have noticed as somehow needing attention

because it is exceptional, rewarding and you think there should be more of it, contradictory, wrong,

or just plain irritating. It might occur anywhere: travel experiences, domestic chores, where you work
part-time, and exhibitions, festivals or events you’ve recently attended. Identify the general domain
of your observation (technological change, environmental sustainability, globalization, and identity),

and think about how art and design can engage with a specific issue.

Document the issue with a series of printed photographs, drawings or collages (based on your original

photographs), video or audio. Describe the issue in 500 words and consider the implications for future

generations if this issue is ignored. Based on these implications, name two focused objectives for the

research and explain why it matters (the rationale and significance). To locate your research in relation

to art and design discourse the documented observation must also identify two contemporary projects or

practitioners who are recognized as engaged with a related issue in the literature. And you should answer

these equations:

The trigger/irritant for the research:

The aim of the research:

、 Rationale for the research:

(who would benefit from the research?

why this is an important issue for professional practice)

(Rationale :reason why more research needs to be done)

(significance :why YOUR research is important to do)

The trigger/irritant for the research:

Tattoo have pure motivation or POSITIVE meaning and it is one of the oldest forms of body art which should

not be misunderstood (i. e. traditional ceremonial business)

2. The aim of the research:
3、 Rationale for the research:

(who would benefit from the research?)

Members of the tattoo community; Female with tattoo or Female tattoo artist.

(why this is an important issue for professional practice)

Some forms of body art more understandable when the culture had traditional beliefs and practices.

The arts form can be inherited and developed as long as it is becoming more understandable and acceptable.

(Rationale :reason why more research needs to be done)

important to do)

People are more likely to doubt and scare about the things that they are not familiar with.

So that they would judge those with tattoos. Someone scared to go into the community or become

sad about the choices they made to get a tattoo.
TASK 2: Case study analysis of practice

Case studies are a useful strategy to initiate new explorations of a research interest as they focus on a

particular issue.

In art and design, case studies provide a vivid description of a work/project, describe its public reception,

and argue for a particular interpretation within a selected theoretical framing. This case study

will demonstrate your engagement with art and design discourse via a search of the literature on your topic.

A well selected case study that has attracted published commentary will provide links to how other people

have thought about the topic with points of view and theoretical perspectives that may be similar or

different to your own. In other words, people who are also INTERESTED IN your topic!

Conduct a literature search on one of the works/projects identified in Task 1 and that is related to

a key aspect of your observation. Develop a case study analysis (1000 words) that describes the work/project

in DETAIL so that the reader can ‘see’ it in their ‘mind’s eye’. The case study will summarize how the

work/project has been discussed in published commentary and identify the tacit or explicit conceptual

framing or theoretical perspectives used by the writers. You will identify a theoretical framing that

you find insightful and provide a brief summary of that framework’s assumptions and key concepts as

described by a leading author in art and design discourse. References for the case study will include:
• three book chapters by key authors on your topic
• three up-to-date articles from the UNSW Library Databases of scholarly peer-reviewed journals and/or

TASK 3: Research proposal

A developed research proposal clearly describes your focused topic (what), the context in which your topic is

relevant (the larger issue it relates to), the rationale and significance of the research (why it matters),

your approach to exploring and understanding more about the topic (methodology/ies) and how you will frame your

interpretation and analysis (theoretical framework).

Building on Task 1 (Observational research) and Task 2 (Case study analysis) draft a 1000 word proposal that:

• articulates the research statement or question

• provides a background to the research in a case study that identifies a relevant theoretical framework and

demonstrates engagement with current art and design discourses

• demonstrates understanding of the conventions of APPLYING the selected research methodology/ies (documented

observation, case-study, and research-led practice, such as cultural probes, material/technology/process
experiments, and reflective practice)
• ACCOUNTS for the advantages and shortcomings of the selected research methodology/ies

• ADDRESSES the following subheadings with one to two paragraphs of academic English text for each:

Research statement or Question, Rationale and significance, Background case study, Methodological approach,

Intended audience for whom the research will be relevant, Anticipated findings

• includes a substantial bibliography for the research proposal including at least 3 monographs,