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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 that through students developing a personal action plan covering the next 3-5 years (or longer if appropriate).

Outline Of Syllabus

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

This is a compulsory module for ABC students in NUBS and an elective for students on PGT programmes in SACS.

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.

Students will develop a personal Action Plan for the next three 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 eg it can be presented in the form of a visual timeline or a map. 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 format.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork53:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity501:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1102:00102:00N/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 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 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