Creative Research Methods for Design and Communication (H6074)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The aim of this module is to help develop a wide range of transferable art and design skills, techniques and processes. It introduces design methods and encourages originality, independent thinking and critical reflection. The module provides an opportunity to expand skills in visual research, experimentation, the exploration of ideas and design layout. It consists of short individual and group project assignments that will enhance creativity and develop the imagination. Project solutions are presented for critique and feedback in class, providing essential guidance before the final portfolio and visual research books are submitted for assessment.


64%: Practical (Laboratory)
36%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: