Transferring Experiences from a Photography Practice Research PhD Study into a Creative Practice-Teaching Context



Photography, Film & Multimedia


  • design practice, practice-based research, supervision strategy

In this paper, I reflect on the transferability of the experience of completing a practice-based, as well as the findings of this PhD into my current teaching context in relation to recent developments and relevant literature. While my own study might have made several contributions to my field, and to my own personal development, I critically examine the scope and scale of my final PhD submission in relation to requirements stipulated by various South African institutions that are currently offering PhDs in visual arts and design, as well as recently awarded practice-based (or practice-led) studies in these fields. With this paper I develop a strategy for guiding and developing future practice-based doctoral, master’s and even undergraduate studies in art and design based on Candy and Edmunds’ (2011) notion of the practitioner framework that guides the making processes; provides a way to articulate the contribution made through practice and eventually also forms part of the contribution to the field in itself.

Keywords: Practice-based research, practice-led research, creative practice research, supervision, transferability


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