This strand includes a number of research areas from across the disciplines of music and creative media. This research theme sees musicians, artists and creative practitioners as leading contributors to research productivity and excellence around practice-led innovation and the development of creative work and art for new contexts. The research is disseminated through a range of forms including performances, recordings, media production, exhibitions, installations, community arts practice, and software development, as well as more traditional modes including conference presentations and publications in relevant academic and popular books and journals. This theme recognises that members of the research centre as creative practitioners are leading contributors to research productivity and excellence around practice-led innovation and the development of creative work and art for new contexts.
Composition: Research in composition involves the exploration of advanced composition techniques and the acquisition of the analytical and critical skills necessary for self-evaluation and the development of the student’s individual voice and style. Many researchers at DkIT are celebrated composers across a range of genre and utilising traditional and technologically informed approaches to composition and dissemination.
Performance: The relationships between performance, research and scholarship in drama, theatre and performance studies have been of critical importance to researchers at DkIT. Performance as Research includes the development of a range of documentation, discussion and analysis which draws readers attention to the innovations presented in the performance practice, what they mean for the field in which the practice takes place, and when, where, how and why they are likely to be useful to other artists and scholars working in this field. Performance Practice may be defined as the active making and sharing of practice where creativity is seen as mode and practice as method. Research in Performance is further subdivided into the study areas of major genres, and is as limitless as the number of music genres available.
Community Arts Practice: Community arts in Ireland are now a well-established and growing aspect of Irish cultural life, reflecting an increasing concern for inclusiveness and broader public access to the arts. In recent years considerable development has taken place in both the public and voluntary sectors. The opportunities for research and employment for graduates in this field are considerable and growing. Community arts workers use a range of art forms, including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, carnival arts and film to engage and collaborate with different community groups where there are social, cultural or environmental issues to be addressed. The work varies considerably between the facilitation and sometimes delivery of creative projects and more administrative responsibilities, depending on the role. The Research Centre at DkIT provides a unique and ideal interdisciplinary expertise to engage with Community Arts Practice.
Media Production: Media production is a core component of both research and teaching and learning within DkIT. Research in the area of media production aims to re-contextualise traditional media and art-form practices for emerging technological, cultural and service contexts. It explores new approaches to production processes and the use of digital technology in contemporary media art practices including Animation, Film, Audio, Radio, Photography, Design and Writing.