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VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

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Subject: REM - Research Methods

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 05imagine


Today's Class: SOUND MAP


// objective: learn new research skills

// time: one hour

// final submission: journal entry and discussion
       in the last half hour of class.


As explorers you are required to learn new valuable skills in the way we hunt and gather information.

For it is this information, this new learning which helps us make informed design outcomes.

Today you are required to venture out into the City of Melbourne and sit in one location for one hour.

You must document all the sounds you can hear and the times you hear them. Mark the sounds location on your hand drawn map. You can use your journal or a separate sheet of paper and stick it in your journal later.

What are you hearing?

Nature, the wind...the rain
Animals, the birds?
People, their conversations - what are they saying.
Feelings, laughter, sadness, anger?

Please select on the of below locations and start your sound map!
(try to find your own spot - don't sit close to your classmates or talk to them during the hour you are mapping)

// The State Library of Victoria
// Federation Square
// City Square
// Flinders Street Station steps
// Melbourne Central
// The Emporium


Sound Maps - some image examples:




Main text for this subject

Smith, Keri 2008, How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Penguin Books


Academic texts on creative research

Borgdorff, Henk 2010, "The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research" in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, Routledge

Candy, Linda 2006, Practice Based Research: A Guide, Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, viewed 22/11/2010 < >

Fortnum, Rebecca 2009, "On Not Knowing; how artists think – Symposium Introduction", Symposium: On not knowing: how artists think, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, < >

Gray, C. & Malins, J ,1993, Research Procedures / Methodology for Artists & Designers, < >

Smith, Hazel & Dean, Roger T. (Editors) 2010, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press





For Next Week

Keep up to date with your explorer journal. Remember to add the following each week:

  1. A colourful and creative mindmap of the word of the week (one page)
  2. Find an article that you find interesting and write a 100 word reflection on it. (What did you like, did not like etc) Make sure you paste a copy of the article in your journal (two pages)
  3. A photo you have taken yourself that you find interesting. Make sure you date it, tell us its location and why you took it. (two pages)
  4. A treasure discovery. Find something from the urban landscape of Melbourne and place this in your journal. 

    Tell us why you find it interesting. (two pages)
  5. ALL Notes/examples of your weekly class activity.