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MUS3197 : Music and Creative Industries Placement

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 any potential public health issues eg relating to COVID19.

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.

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 ActivitiesLecture32:006:00Delivered present in person (can be converted to online lecture materials if necessary)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Pre-recorded lectures, learning materials, reading, research, discussion (online, non-synchronous)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00Activities, skills practice - PIP (can be converted to online synchronous if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00Delivered 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.

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 towards the end of semester one.

In the event that there are public health issues eg relating to COVID19 then the placement would be moved wholly on line, and this would still be assessed through the diary and final report. In the event that the placement host could not offer the full placement hours for any reason such as an organisational closedown, 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.

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