Core Module Information
Module title: Covering the Arts

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC07119
Module leader: Allan Boughey
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module seeks to develop your journalistic skills, knowledge, and understanding of the UK arts industries. The emphasis will be on journalistic practices within arts and culture reporting using a “hands on” approach that offers considerable scope for gaining practical experience in an area that appeals to you, whether that is popular music, theatre, movies, or modern art. Building on the reporting skills that you are acquiring in other modules, you will gain an understanding of the function and form of covering the arts, especially previewing and reviewing live events, while underpinning and contextualising learning with critical analysis of arts and culture journalism practice. As a result, module content will require you: 1) to consider and practice how news reporting techniques can be used to preview arts events; 2) to critically analyse and practice different reviewing techniques; 3) to analyse other aspects of arts reporting, such as long-form feature articles and profiles. The weekly lectures will encourage you to engage with key aspects of arts journalism, while tutorials will give you the chance to compare and contrast different reviewing and writing styles and work on your own reviews. To ensure you have sufficient material to work on in tutorials (and to enable you to meet the assessment requirements), a number of live arts event field trips will be organised (for instance, to music gigs, live theatre, film screenings, gallery exhibitions, and even opera).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop an awareness of a range of live arts and culture events in Edinburgh;
LO2: Develop an understanding of a range of arts and culture journalism;
LO3: Demonstrate your understanding of an aspect of UK arts and culture and its relationship with journalism;
LO4: Demonstrate your knowledge of “reviewing” live arts and culture events;
LO5: Show an understanding of different reviewing techniques and approaches.

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: Allan Boughey
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Face To Face Lecture 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 4,5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Portfolio 60 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1800
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC07119 Covering the Arts