I’ve updated the ‘about’ and explained a bit more about the particularity of art in the context of research. I found a website linked to the University of Technology Sidney that is unlike my university (Uni. of Southampton) clear, functional (you can find stuff) and good looking. See Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology Sidney.
From their Research section:
Practice-based Research is an original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. Claims of originality and contribution to knowledge may be demonstrated through creative outcomes which may include artefacts such as images, music, designs, models, digital media or other outcomes such as performances and exhibitions. Whilst the significance and context of the claims are described in words, a full understanding can only be obtained with direct reference to those outcomes. A practice-based PhD is distinguishable from a conventional PhD because creative outcomes from the research process may be included in the submission for examination and the claim for an original contribution to the field are held to be demonstrated through the original creative work.