Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11131
Module leader: Mark Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

You will attend a series of classes, many delivered by visiting professionals, introducing necessary business and self-management skills. You will prepare a thoroughly researched case study of the career path of either a director, playwright or theatre company. You will have ‘mock-interview’ sessions in which you will present work, pitch ideas, present portfolios, and business plans and get immediate feedback from industry professionals. You will also be expected to produce a professional opportunities analysis, for which you will research and identify opportunities for your work once you have completed the course. These may include placements, resident writer/director schemes, funding opportunities, writing competitions, etc.
Areas covered will include:
-- Business planning
-- Production and small company finance
-- Effective marketing, including online presence, social media, etc.
-- Setting up and running a small theatre company
-- Self-promotion and networking
-- Mock interviews
-- Establishing Professional Networks
-- How to research and write a case study

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate extensive and detailed knowledge of contemporary practice in theatre professions.
LO2: Identify and exploit opportunities for themselves and their work in the professional world.
LO3: Plan and execute a significant project of research
LO4: Demonstrate a knowledge of the key issues in both traditional and online marketing campaigns and apply professional skills in areas such as market research, self-promotion, and networking communication.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
All learning will take place in scheduled classes that will address very specific issues related to making the transition from a learning to a professional environment (LOs1-4). Along with these classes, students will have ‘mock-interview’ sessions in which they present work, pitch ideas, present portfolios, and get immediate feedback from industry professionals (LO 1-4). Independently researched Professional Opportunities Plans will ensure that each student has thoroughly explored the contemporary opportunities open to them following graduation, and group learning will be enhanced by the presentation of plans and case studies to everyone in the group (LO1-4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback/ assessment will occur through continuous dialogue with peers as well as in tutorials, and observation and discussion in classes.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on performance in mock interviews (LO 1-4) 10%, case study presentations (LO 1-4) 60%, and final professional portfolios (LO 1-4) 30%.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 1-4 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Oral Assessment 10 1 & 4 12 HOURS= 00.30, WORDS= 0
Report 30 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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