Meaningful design research is built on the synthesis of practice and theory. The scaffolding that helps to facilitate innovation in this context is comprised of a hierarchy of an overarching research philosophy, numerous research approaches and the nuts and bolts of research methods. Many researchers in design will hybridize their own research approaches with established ones. This course introduces a range of research approaches to allow participants to expand and formalise their working practices. Designers will gain competency with a research toolkit that offers academic credibility, new pathways for innovation as well as competitive advantage research is very powerful. Students with credit in DIGF-6A18 may not take this course for credit.