Postgraduate

MCH8028 : Independent Working in Arts, Media and Culture 1

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Freelancing, portfolio working and short term contracts are prevalent across the cultural and creative sectors and across media and journalism. Even when people have full-time and/or permanent contracts fluid movement across roles with one employer or frequently moving between employers means that people need to constantly evaluate their skills, knowledge and experience and the demands and opportunities of a sector that has seen big shifts in employment practice. So models of work that previously may have been the concern of freelancers become more widely considered across the sector (eg networking).

This module addresses this situation through students developing a personal Action Plan covering their career development over the next 3-5 years (or longer if appropriate). This will include personal goals.

Outline Of Syllabus

Teaching will:
• introduce students to examples of businesses and sole practitioners in the creative and cultural sector
• develop students ability to produce an Action Plan through group and individual tutorials.

This module will introduce a 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.

Students will develop a personal Action Plan for the next 3-5 years identifying key development aims and how you intend to achieve them. This will be developed through workshops and individual tutorials. The format can include both visual and written material, for example it can be presented in the form of a visual timeline or a map as well as a written outline. Other forms of presentation can be discussed with the module leader. In previous years students have presented their action plan in written and/or visual format, in video and web based formats.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Non-synchronous online materials related to workshops, lectures and talks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-person. Small groups will go field trips to creative businesses & workshops
Guided Independent StudyProject work1116:00116:00Researching, developing and drawing up drafts for action plans
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous Online tutorial sessions giving feedback on action plans
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online Learning Materials       = To introduce and develop key theories and methodologies
Workshops       = To encourage interaction and the development of cognitive, key and professional skills
Tutorials       = To give feedback on and develop individual action plans
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

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Students will present a personal Action Plan This can include both visual and written material
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 (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.

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