Artistry and analysis: student experience of UK practice-based doctorates in art and design

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2005) Artistry and analysis: student experience of UK practice-based doctorates in art and design. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 18 (6). pp. 713-728. ISSN 0951-8398

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Full text URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518390500298196

Abstract

During the last decade, doctoral education has been the focus of much international academic attention. This period has also witnessed the rapid growth of practice-based research degrees in art and design in the UK. To date, however, there has been no extensive empirical research on the subjective experiences of students undertaking this form of doctorate in art and design. This paper, based on qualitative interviews with 50 UK students at 25 different institutions, seeks to examine from a sociological perspective the occupational life-worlds of these students, and the risks they take in choosing to study for a doctorate. It explores some of the narratives that students generated during their often faltering and difficult transformational journey from ‘creator' to ‘creator-researcher' during the process of the research degree, focusing in particular upon the perceived tensions and contradictions between their artistry and analysis.

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Additional Information:During the last decade, doctoral education has been the focus of much international academic attention. This period has also witnessed the rapid growth of practice-based research degrees in art and design in the UK. To date, however, there has been no extensive empirical research on the subjective experiences of students undertaking this form of doctorate in art and design. This paper, based on qualitative interviews with 50 UK students at 25 different institutions, seeks to examine from a sociological perspective the occupational life-worlds of these students, and the risks they take in choosing to study for a doctorate. It explores some of the narratives that students generated during their often faltering and difficult transformational journey from ‘creator' to ‘creator-researcher' during the process of the research degree, focusing in particular upon the perceived tensions and contradictions between their artistry and analysis.
Keywords:Sociology of occupations, Practice-based doctorate, PhD students, Fine Arts, Higher education
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6590
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:16 Oct 2012 19:57
Last Modified:16 Oct 2012 19:57

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