Module Catalogue 2024/25

MUS3197 : Music and Creative Industries Placement

MUS3197 : Music and Creative Industries Placement

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jane Nolan
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 15 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
MUS2195Professional Practice for Music
Pre Requisite Comment

A minimum mark of 60% in MUS2195 will be required. A written application for MUS3197 will be required.

Commencement of a placement is subject to full engagement with the module up to that point. Should this full engagement not be evident, the student will not be able to commence a placement and the module leader will put in place an alternative assessment.
This will take the form of a research project focused on Music and the Creative Industries, which will be identified by the module leader and agreed with the student. The assessment will be:
Semester 1 Blog posts detailing progress with the research project, reflection on the nature of the sector and its eco system, the skills and capabilities required – 25% of module marks
Semester 2 A 3000 word report covering the agreed research project and its findings – 75% of module marks.

Students should note that in some cases host organisations require DBS. The module leader will provide appropriate guidance on how to apply. Students must apply for DBS as soon as they are notified it is required and provide the information which is needed in a timely way.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To give students the opportunity to gain work-related experience in the creative industries which relate directly to their academic study, helping students develop skills and knowledge for the diverse music and creative industries ecosystem.
To enhance students’ communication and management skills.
To encourage self-appraisal and the ability to work effectively with others.
The placement may be worked partly or wholly online depending on the placement host's preferred arrangements and practical requirements.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students receive briefing sessions and training in appropriate entrepreneurial knowledge and skills and are attached to appropriate placement. Guest speakers from the Music and Creative Industries will provide insight and up to date industry knowledge.
Students will undertake their placement working approximately one day per week (or other form of arrangement as suiting the student and the host) for about 10 weeks (70 hours) where their role will be to carry out duties as agreed between placement provider and Module Leader. Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence of competence and understanding of the role and the relation of their knowledge and skills to it, including writing up a work diary and a project/reflective report.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The specific knowledge outcomes will depend on the particular placement and the task that is assigned.
In addition, however, it is expected that students who successfully complete the module will have acquired knowledge of the structure of the organisation, its regional role and aims, and the relevance of their own knowledge and skills to it. In addition they will add to their knowledge of the ways in which the music and creative industry ecosystems work.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will acquire skills in project management; working within a team; communication; using their initiative to solve problems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning107:0070:00Hours working on placement – distribution to be agreed with host
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Activities, skills practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00PIP or may be delivered on line
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision31:003:001:1 tutorials which may be delivered in person, or by Zoom
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module gives students the opportunity to practise skills in a work environment. The nature of the work placement requires students to exercise a high level of initiative and resourcefulness. Students will be assessed through the submission of a Project Work Diary and a Final Report which together form the Placement Portfolio.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A753000 word final report on project/placement.
Written exercise1A25Project diary in the form of an online blog
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Placement Portfolio (diary and final report) will require reflection on and understanding of the organisation, the project and their specific role, as well as the development of their own competencies and skills. The online blog will be reviewed and formative feedback provided by the Module Leader in Semester 1.Formative feedback on a report plan will be offered in Semester 2.

In the event that the placement host could not offer the full placement hours for any reason such as an organisational closedown or reduction in available work, then the module leader would set an alternative assessment, which would take the form of a research project focused on music and the creative industries, which will be identified by the Module Leader and agreed with the student. The assessment would be on a combination of blog posts written during the placement, reflection on progress with the placement, reflection on the nature of the sector and its ecosystem, the skills and capabilities required, 25% of module marks. Semester 2 - a 3000 word report covering the time on placement and the additional agreed research project -75% of module marks.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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