PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - 2020/1

Module code: PROM012

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. It culminates in the realisation of the graduate showcase, a pivotal marketing event for soon to graduate students providing an opportunity to connect with prospective employers and key practitioners representing production sectors of the entertainment, theatre, media, event and corporate industry

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

FRANKLIN Joanne (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W450

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 16

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

NA

Module content

What is employability within the creative industries?
Employment opportunities in the creative industries
Marketing & networking
Applying for employment
Self-presentation, interview techniques and networking
Industry bodies and trade unions
Continuing Professional Development.
Legal aspects of employment & self-employment.
Finance for the self-employed, including taxation & insurance
Graduate showcase event

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Graduate showcase exhibition 50
Coursework Professional development portfolio 50

Alternative Assessment

Individual presentation - alternative to showcase exhibition NA for portfolio

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module consists of:

Summative assessment: Self-presentation at graduate showcase event 50% Submission of written portfolio incorporating professional development plan, CV and marketing materials 50%

Formative assessment: Teaching block 1: mock interview with guest industry professional Teaching block 2: formative tutorial on showcase plans with audio feedback

Feedback Tutor feedback for the formative assessments will be given immediately following the interview Tutor and peer feedback on CVs will be given during seminars Tutor audio feedback on showcase plans will be provided after tutorial 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 themselves as emerging practitioners
  • Enable students to understand the nature and construction of a career in the entertainment industry
  • Equip students to secure and maintain appropriate employment after graduation
  • Encourage students to reflect critically on their professional development planning and engagement with industry.
  • Encourage students to develop transferable skills in communication, presentation, professional networking, effective use of social media and personal promotion via marketing materials
  • Implement a professional, industry-facing graduate showcase as a culmination of Professional Development throughout the programme
  • Deepen and enhance awareness of industry structures, hierarchies and systems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Articulate their experiences, skills and abilities to professional networks/contacts both in person and in the use of a range of supporting media KPT
002 Plan a proposal for career and professional development after graduation through research and engagement CKT
003 Develop a mature, considered approach to professional presentation evidencing competency in written, oral and other media PT
004 Develop and deepen understanding of entertainment industry structures and systems CK

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 4

Independent Study Hours: 262

Lecture Hours: 18

Seminar Hours: 12

Tutorial Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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

Reading list for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/prom012

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
Stage and Production Management MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2020/1 academic year.