Module code: PRO2017

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce students to the process and practice of Professional Development as it relates both to their pathway 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.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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:

  • What is employability within the creative industries?

  • Employment opportunities: publications & web based resources.

  • Marketing & networking via internet and social media.

  • CV & letter preparation.

  • Application forms.

  • Self-presentation & interview techniques.

  • Entertainment industry unions & professional bodies.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO 100

Alternative Assessment

(resit only) Re-submission of portfolio

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the industry they intend to enter and its opportunities for employment and the major unions and professional associations pertinent to their careers.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Students will begin their portfolio during the taught period of activity and will progress the project culminating in submission at semester end (weeks 13/14). Individual tutorials are available throughout the period of activity.


Formative assessment and feedback


Throughout the taught period of activity students will engage in a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops.  Group and individual, formative feedback on emerging work will be delivered as a continuous commentary to these sessions.  Further individual tutorial support is available via pathway specific support.


Module aims

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in pro-active promotion of their emerging skills – to secure and maintain employment, understand the nature and construction of a portfolio career and continue to develop transferable skills in communication, presentation, professional networking, effective use of social media and personal promotion

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Plan a proposal for their employment evidencing a considered selection of work that demonstrates range and breadth of skills within their specialist pathway KCP
002 Confidently engage with the intended/target market for employment through research, and engagement with the module KT
003 Evidence an appreciation of supporting trade and union bodies contributing to debate and development within industry KP
004 Develop a mature, considered approach to their professional presentation evidencing competency in written, oral and other media CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 132

Lecture Hours: 16

Tutorial Hours: 2

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

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

  • Identify key employment opportunities through appreciation of industry practitioners across creative, technical, manufacturing and supply sectors.

  • Allow students to plan for post-graduate employment and further education.

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

This module underpins core Programme learning outcomes supporting the application of knowledge, concepts and skills across disciplines, the ability to organise material independently and critically evaluate its significance and in the identification of key practitioners.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Individual tutorials

  • Practical exercises

  • Student and Tutor led workshops

  • Student research

  • Written exercise

  • Observation

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.

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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.