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
2023/4, 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:

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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