MCH8028 : Arts as Enterprise - Freelancing in Arts, Media and Culture 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to develop an understanding of theories, practices and concepts that relate to art and enterprise by examining entrepreneurial and freelance practice in the UK's cultural sector.

This module provides a detailed introduction to art and enterprise by placing the subject into current working practices in the UK sector. It will cover the broad range of practice, including that of freelance individuals and small-scale, independent organisations, examining historical development and current and emergent models. It will examine how organisational, legal, financial and networking structures operate within the sector, and the similarities and differences between these and structures in other sectors (e.g. the notion of cultural capital).

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will introduce the variety of practice in the sector through close involvement of those working in the sector. It will look at how any successful working business model needs to be both visionary and responsive, how those working in the sector sustain a critical dynamic between these and how to identify and manage resources to realise projects.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical35:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:305:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork45:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity15:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1451:00145:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures       = To introduce and develop key theories and methodologies
Seminars       = To encourage interaction and the development of cognitive, key and professional skills
Practicals       = To develop subject-specific, professional and cognitive skills
Private study       = To further facilitate specific intended knowledge outcomes, and to develop both cognitive and practical key skills
Fieldwork study visits       = To encourage students to relate theoretical knowledge to specific examples thereby developing professional and cognitive skills as well as expanding their knowledge base
Group learning: (project)       = To provide opportunities for students in teams to obtain hands-on experience in employing theories and skills learnt

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Action Plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In this module students are looking at their individual skills, knowledge and expertise in the light of examining real cultural businesses and the skills, knowledge and expertise of the individuals who set them up and run them. Their Action Plan will describe their vision of where they want to be in three years time (or a longer timescale if appropriate) and how they plan to make that happen. It will include a timeline and a description and analysis of the various elements. These can be presented in a combination of visual and written formats and can include video and sound files where appropriate. The relevance of the format to each student's plan will be discussed and agreed with them through individual tutorials.

Reading Lists