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Visual Art (Practice Based Art)

This guide will help you find resources for practice based visual art in the University of Melbourne Library

Ethics information

Does my creative practice research project require ethics approval?

Research projects, and parts of research projects, that involve gathering information about humans and/or organisations that are conducted during a research Honours, a Masters by Research, a coursework Masters with a research component, or a PhD at the Faculty may require ethics approval. 

Projects that involve any of the following are likely to require ethics approval:

  • Interviews
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Audio or video recording
  • Using archived data in which individuals are identifiable
  • Photography of people
  • Performances involving others
  • Study or research in illegal activities
  • Access to an individual’s personal documents or information.

Projects for which only information that is freely available in the public domain is used, or that are purely observational and non-interactive, are unlikely to require ethics approval.


iDARE stems from the project: Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research, investigating new ways of supporting ethical know-how and creative practice research for higher degree research candidates, supervisors, academics and ethics administrators.

The aim of this research is to develop a robust and innovative ethics culture in creative arts and design practices within University research settings. It will examine how the ethics experience in the University setting can best accommodate research in creative practice and design; best prepare PhD/HDR candidates and academic researchers for a professional practice outside the academy and engender the acquisition of ‘ethical know-how’ that will enable graduates to negotiate ethical challenges in their careers.

2016 IDARE conference Theme: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation September 28-29 2016 
The keynote by Professor Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London is hereProfessor Rendell is a leading UK researcher concerned with research ethics and building ethical know-how in Architecture and the creative disciplines.

iDARE Creative practice research and ethics case studies

Video Resources


Further reading