FT2CPD-Creative Industries and Professional Development

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Lucy Tyler

Email: l.s.tyler@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The module is designed to develop students career planning and professional self-presentation skills with an integrated programme of classes, visiting speakers, and assignments, supported by the University’s Careers Centre.

The central aim of the module is to develop students’ awareness of the employment sector and their own skills in order to prepare them to effectively seeking work. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of self-presentation, teamwork and the construction of an entrepreneurial creative identity. They will become familiar the support offered to them by the University’s Careers Centre, some of the potential employment opportunities in the creative sector and how their university experience prepares them for work in this or related areas.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•produce a CV and cover letter for future job searches;
•demonstrate awareness of how their digital identity impacts their self-presentation;
•demonstrate an informed understanding of the requirements of the employment sector;
•demonstrate a critical awareness of alumni’s current roles and the steps needed to achieve these;
•demonstrate an understanding of how their present skills and experience relate to the job market and plan for future development;
•create a company website using Wordpress or other software;
•present a pitch for a project and demonstrate understanding of the elements needed for a successful presentation.

Additional outcomes:
The module plays a significant role in the continuing development of other skills and competencies that are central to the course. It is expected that the level of skills and competencies achieved in the following will be appropriate to the level of study: oral communication and argument in group situations; deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument; undertaking self-directed, independent work; presentation of written work using IT.

Outline content:
The module will consist of a series of lectures, workshops and independent group work.
There will be individual sessions on: Researching the job market and effective self-presentation; Creative CVs, company websites and The Pitch; Pitching yourself and your project parts 1 and 2. Across the term alumni will give talks to the students about their career and their current positions.
Students will undergo 4 linked assessments which build into a final portfolio with reflective report: Research jobs and produce covering letter and CV for prospective work experience opportunity; In groups set up a company website including individual creative CVs; Present The Pitch for a company start-up funds bid; Produce a CMS Portfolio including reflective report

Global context:
The module focuses on the UK creative sector however the skills learnt are transferable to other international countries.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching pattern will be a series of sessions across the term, accompanied by guided independent study and student meetings with staff from Careers Centre. Sessions will include short lectures from staff members; talks by alumni, staff from Careers Centre and Henley Business School; groupwork workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 10
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written portfolio (due in week 1 of the Spring term)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of failed coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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