This course is designed to support students in initiating and pursuing research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Landscape Research Incubator provides resources and guidance to support research by helping students:
- translate the first sparks of ideas into research projects,
- clarify the goals and purpose of research projects,
- scope out existing knowledge on a subject,
- identify strategies for research that can be helpful to one’s work,
- find partners and collaborators, including reaching out to communities if appropriate, and
- think through the forms of one’s work (whether that means developing an experimental design, collecting data, telling stories, writing a paper, staging a performance, or other action).
To support incubation and development of your own research project, this course will cover research diagramming, the role of writing, literature review, preparation of proposals (research, grants) and presentations, and the role of peer-review. The course is interactive. Students will engage in weekly readings and discussions, share research ideas and evolve them through workshops, learn through peer engagement, and receive one-on-one mentoring. These steps can be applied to a range of research questions and topics.
For graduate students: This is an optimal course for students who want to explore and pursue research ideas leading to a larger, future project, including an MLA thesis and/or independent and directed research for one or more subsequent semesters. Research topics might inform studio work or serve as important for one’s future professional practice or a PhD. This course is also ideal for MLA thesis students in the Fall semester (the first of two semesters of LA 599 Thesis Research) as it will provide a structure for research development with consistent opportunities for feedback, mentoring, and skill development to support your work. Note: This course satisfies the Methods elective requirement for MLA students.
For undergraduate students: This course provides an opportunity for undergraduates to engage in and learn about self-motivated research. Students will develop research skills beneficial to their design knowledge and production. Students may be considering future graduate work and want to explore preparatory topics at a deeper level. Students might be considering various creative/professional pathways following graduation or to explore knowledge from related disciplines.
CRN: LA 590: 62366
CRN: LA 390: 20987
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