Module code: DAN3038

Module Overview

Students will engage with reflective analysis of their personal professional development and undertake critical reflection of steps taken so far. Students will identify detail potential further personal professional development opportunities and methods. The module engages students with a range of areas relating to industry practices, protocols and resources in pursuit of developing the necessary skills to undertake and sustain a career within the creative industries.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BIRCH Rachel (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 100

Seminar Hours: 50

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Master classes with relevant industry professionals, classes in interview and audition preparation and technique, tutorials to develop interview and audition material. A digital portfolio including updated CV, images, website, social media profile and personal business planning will be generated.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Digital Professional Development File (2,500 indicative word count) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities:

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Professional Development File (2,500 indicative word count)

Formative assessment
Formative Assessment consists of an draft plan for the summative assignment.

Informal formative verbal feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, in class activities, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials.

Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Prepare the students for a life-long commitment to the process of strategically seeking and acquiring creative, artistic and commercial opportunities and personal professional development
  • Encourage responsible and consistent applciation of self-management and self-marketing strategies
  • Enable students to engage in reflective analysis of personal professional development
  • Prepare the student for diverse professional contexts, requiring a sophisticated awareness and evaluation of professional discipline and presentation
  • Evidence their ongoing personal professional learning journey

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge of own learning and professional needs and preferences C
002 Evidence a clear understanding of employment in professional dance industries and relevant interdisciplinary creative and cultural contexts K
003 Take responsibility for planning a career in the creative industries P
004 Analyse areas of growth and development within the industry K
005 Reflect and objectively evaluate personal professional development T
006 Develop and enhance a personal professional profile P

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:
• Allow the learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts through the structured theoretical exploration of practical possibilities across the creative industries
• Enable the learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected practical contexts
• Actively engage learners with the personal development planning across multiple contexts through critical analysis and evaluation
• Support and enable the learner as a professional in the creative industries

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Masterclasses, seminars and practical classes
• Independent study based on module reading lists and further independent enquiry

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 is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2020/1 academic year.