Editorial - The Creative Art of Research: An Ongoing Quest for Equality

As many in creative arts grappled with the amalgamation challenges of the 90s, few were aware that the Dawkins reforms also had increased the centrality of research to university funding. This ‘blissful ignorance’ was not to last.

In subsequent decades, as the number of creative arts staff and student researchers grew, research performance increased its influence on school funding and academic careers,  triggering an ongoing quest to equitably and comfortably position creative arts within the university research agenda... 

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Peer Review in Filmmaking: A Contested Process

The creative practice of filmmaking, understood as a form of academic research, has been growing in scale and significance within Australian universities for several years.  While doctorates involving the making of a film have been occurring for decades, it is only relatively recently that the academic screen production community has been seeking to more systematically establish how the production of a film can lead to the discovery of new knowledge.  

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From STEM to STEAM: Art Education, Innovation and Universities

Recently, there has been much discussion in the press and beyond about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects at high school and at university. In particular, the Commonwealth Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda has focused exclusively on STEM disciplines. However, that discussion misses the central importance of creativity, inventiveness and innovation...

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Artistic Research Within the Academy and Beyond

At a roundtable at the Australian Council of University Art Schools (ACUADS) annual conference in 2014, panelists were asked to address the following question: What impact are higher degree research programs having on emerging trends and themes in contemporary art? Whilst the panel felt that the development of higher degree research programs in creative arts did not lead to better “art” they did agree that it has profoundly affected the way art is framed and understood both within the academy and beyond. Two years later, in the wake of the Watt Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements and the ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System with their changes to Research Block Grant funding allocations to Universities, strategic and financial questions related to these are in danger of overwhelming the fundamental question facing creative arts or artistic research: What is the relationship between the academy’s research agenda, artistic research and contemporary art?...

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Multiple Measures: Improving Interdisciplinary Learning by Benchmarking Quality Assessment

Interdisciplinarity has been widely recognised as a valuable response to the wicked problems of our time. The ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries brings together different perspectives and expertise, and allows entirely new approaches and solutions to emerge. To prepare students and graduates for the complex challenges of the twenty first century we need good quality interdisciplinary programs. But how do we know what is ‘good’? 

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