Module code: PROM004

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce students to the process and practice of professional development planning as it relates both to their career choice and wider understanding of industry.

Students will be able to appraise the work of industry associations, unions and other bodies representing key areas of professional practice and evaluate their skills, aspirations and career aims.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

HANN Rachel (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W450

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 18

Seminar Hours: 9

Tutorial Hours: 1

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • What is employability within the creative industries?

  • Employment opportunities in the creative industries

  • Marketing & networking

  • Applying for employment

  • Self-presentation & interview techniques.

  • Production showcase briefing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Portfolio 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their emerging understanding of nature of employment in the creative industries and to self-reflect and evaluate their professional development and intended career path.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• An e-portfolio demonstrating engagement with and understanding of professional presentation and communication, professional development planning, industry structures and bodies.

Formative assessment

Mock interview with external professional

Peer and tutor feedback of CV and letter


Tutor feedback for the formative assessments will be given immediately following the interview

Tutor and peer feedback on CVs will be given during seminars

Written feedback for the summative assessment will be provided within 3 weeks of the submission date

Module aims

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in proactive promotion of their emerging skills
  • Equip students to secure and maintain appropriate employment after graduation
  • Enable students to understand the nature and construction of a career in the entertainment industry
  • Encourage students to develop transferable skills in communication, presentation, professional networking, effective use of social media and personal promotion

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Plan a proposal for career planning and professional development KCP
002 Develop a mature, considered approach to professional presentation evidencing competency in written, oral and other media KPT
003 Evidence an appreciation of supporting union and professional bodies contributing to debate and development within industry KP
004 Develop and deepen understanding of entertainment industry structures and systems KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop appreciation of the sector skills and knowledge requirements for employability.

Identify key employment opportunities through appreciation of industry practitioners, companies and organisations.

Engage students in discourse allowing for a learner directed approach to their PDP

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures

• Seminars

• Tutorials

• Independent study

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
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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Stage and Production Management MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2019/0 academic year.