Module code: PRO3005

Module Overview

This module represents a mid-term (up-to 6 weeks) investigation within industry, in a professional context appropriate to students' Specialist Subject Pathways.

Building upon the student’s development through levels four and five, the module is designed to enable the student to research, source and arrange  significant industry connections focusing on their core areas of interest and ambition. Students will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice, hone professional and transferable skills and significantly advance their Professional Development Planning.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W441

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All prior Level 4 and 5 modules.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Overview and discussion of current landscape in relation to the creative industries.

  • Skills assessment and development; widening opportunity through identification of new and emerging technologies and practice.

  • Professional Development Planning; next stages.

  • Industry connection

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION - INDUSTRY STUDY 50

Alternative Assessment

Written research and presentation into subject specific placement role.100% (80% Written Research, 20% Presentation)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate;

  • Understanding of contemporary practice within industry (L/Os 1,3)

  • Considered evaluation of their own Professional Development Plan (L/Os 3,4)

  • Evidence a range of transferable skills within the areas of employability and professionalism (1,2)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Placement Notebook:

  • A compilation of notes and subsequent personal research evidencing engagement and independent study including a detailed Personal Development Plan. (A full Assignment brief is produced in relation to this written work)

  • The Placement Notebook should normally be submitted after the placement and during standard Semester submission period (Wks 13-15).  Written feedback for the Production Notebook will normally be available 3 weeks after formal submission and assessment



An 8-10 minute presentation detailing a critical development in the theatre or entertainment industry and its potential impact upon current working practice.


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment (verbal feedback) will be provided during tutorials with the student’s subject tutor who will oversee the placement period.  It may also be informally provided by the placement supervisor during the placement. 

The placement supervisor will also be asked to provide formative written feedback to the student immediately following the placement period.

Module aims

  • Broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of those sectors relevant to their Specialist Subject Pathway
  • To equip students to make the transition from education to professional work by developing industry specific knowledge and employability
  • To enable the student to evaluate and reflect on their study within the context of previous experience and future aspirations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and evaluate current working professional practice in a specific discipline through the investigation of its protocols, routines, administration and technologies KP
002 Evidence professional behaviour, communication and rigour in conducting the study PT
003 Confidently demonstrate a sound understanding of the skills, knowledge and ability required to compete as a reflective subject practitioner within industry KCPT
004 Evaluate professional and personal development through the production of a Study Notebook CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 66

Seminar Hours: 73

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to expand their learning into the professional context external to the university, whilst meeting the programme’s aims of developing student employability and engaging with contemporary practice

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable the student to explore aspects of contemporary practice in their chosen subject area.

  • Enable the student to evaluate their own skills and aspirations in a professional context.

  • Prompt further independent study and research within their chosen subject pathway.

  • Enable students to explore the work of industry practitioners and peers and record new learning and exploration for future reference

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Introductory seminar: 3 hours at onset of module.

  • Tutorials: 2 x 20 minute tutorials per student, during duration of study and one further group seminar to develop presentation skills prior to delivery of findings. Independent research. Into key developments in the student’s chosen pathway

  • Compilation of Placement Notebook as learning and reference tool.

  • Independent study towards assessed presentation.

The Learning and Teaching strategy is designed to address core Programme Learning and Teaching strategies specifically those relating to resource-based learning, the participation of professional practitioners, self-directed methods of learning.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INDUSTRY STUDY :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Performance Technologies and Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.