Practice-based Research is original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice.
Guide to Practice-Based Research: This document characterises practice-related research for the general reader and research student. It begins with a discussion of the basic concepts in the context of a doctoral research programme followed by a brief historical overview of the field. The generic structure of a practice-based doctoral thesis is then outlined with a short description of the expected content of each chapter. Further sections include a discussion of the nature of knowledge in the context of doctoral research, a set of frequently asked questions, some definitions of key terms, a bibliography and web sources.
Reference: L. Candy (2006). Practice Based Research: A Guide, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, University of Technology Sydney
Essential reading on Practice-based Research
Candy, L. (2011). Research and Creative Practice. In Candy, L. and Edmonds, E.A. (eds) Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner, Libri Publishing Ltd: Faringdon, UK: 33-59.
Candy, L. and Edmonds, E.A. (2010) The Role of the Artefact and Frameworks for Practice-based Research. The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, M. Biggs and H. Larsson (eds), Routledge.
Candy, L, Amitani, S and Bilda, Z. (2006). Practice-Led Strategies for Interactive Art Research, International Journal of Co Creation in Design and the Arts, Interactive Art Collaboration (Special Edition), Vol.2 No. 4 December, 209-223.