ARTSW301-23A (HAM)

Professional Practice in the Arts

15 Points

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What this paper is about

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Welcome to ARTSW301, a work­-integrated learning (WIL) paper that enables students to either credit existing professional practice employing arts skills, practice or knowledge, or complete tasks or projects in response to a brief generated by an external client. This is a great opportunity for students to reflect on the transferable skills acquired during study and how it informs and guides professional practice.

This is an applied professional practice and work relationship paper that permits students studying any aspect of the arts to employ their disciplinary knowledge and skills in fulfilment of tasks/projects/roles for an external client. The types of professional practice that can be credited toward this paper can range from design-­based tasks, creative compositions (written, audio­visual, music, movement), historical or archival based research or utilisation of language and cultural competence skills in communication exercises.

This paper provides an opportunity for students to apply their discipline knowledge in an authentic way that enhances their personal skill set and benefits the relevant work related practice of an external client.

Students may either:

1) work off­site for an external client, in a stipulated role, or

2) fulfil a service for an external client (anyone beyond the immediate programme under which WIL is being taken), working independently to complete the task (audio­visual production, editing, composition, writin­copy, promotional materials, completing research, etc).

Some WIL opportunities are presented to the University which will then be advertised to students via programmes, but students are more likely to need to secure their own professional ­practice opportunity which WIL advisors can then approve and credit toward the paper. Students may use roles/projects/tasks that have already been completed with the approval of WIL Advisors (listed below), and then develop reflective assignments around these experiences.

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How this paper will be taught

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There are no timetabled events scheduled for this paper. You and your supervisor will determine how regularly you meet and communicate.

This is an independent study paper that is completed under the supervision of a staff member from the School of Arts. This paper is open to all students taking a BA and BMus with the necessary pre­requisites (ARTSC110, ARTSC105 or INTLC101).

While students are able to enrol on the paper online, there are some necessary steps (outlined below) that need to be fulfilled before enrolment is finalised: 1) selecting the programme under which ARTSW301 will be completed and 2) securing a supervisor to support and assess the WIL experience.

STEP 1 ­ Decide on a programme. As WIL is part of List C in your degree structure, you do not need to study WIL in the same disciplinary area as your Major. Select the most appropriate programme to supervise the nature of the project you wish to complete.

Where to go:

Screen and Media Studies ­ audio­visual production, print media, interactive design, script­writing, game design, animation, documentary, producer, media communication, visual journalism, etc.

International Languages and Cultures ­ translation, interpreter, cultural events, inter­cultural communication, cultural guides, trans­ national projects/productions, language consultant & research, product localization, etc.

English ­ creative writing, archive and historical research, proof reading, social media management, technical writing, travel and food writing, critic/reviewer (cultural events, performances, releases), editor and content manager, etc.

Music ­ composition for media (film, animation, television, radio, games), live performance and accompaniment, music festivals & events, DJ, music critic/reviewer, personnel manager, sound mixing and mastering, sound technician or engineer, talent representation, etc.

Linguistics ­ lexicographer, computational linguistics, speech and language therapy, languages teaching, forensic linguists, technical writer, copy editor, proof reader, communications, etc.

Theatre & Dance ­ performance, production advertising & promotion, arts administration and management, stage manager, choreography, dramaturg, stylist, designer, etc.

STEP 2 ­ Make an appointment to see a WIL Advisor to ascertain if you have the necessary prerequisites and experience to complete a WIL in the area of your choice.

Our WIL Advisors are:

Screen and Media Studies ­ Dr Rodrigo Hill, e­mail:
International Languages and Cultures ­ Dr Maria Galikowski, e­mail:
English ­ Catherine Chidgey, e­mail:
Music ­ Dr Luca Manghi (instrument) or Kirstin Darragh (voice), e­mail:;

Linguistics ­ Dr Andreea Calude, Room I.3.10A, e­mail:
Theatre & Dance ­ Dr Declan Patrick, Room I.4.13, e­mail:

STEP 3 ­ Your WIL Advisor will suggest potential supervisors for you to approach. You will need to obtain a supervisor's signature to complete your enrolment. You will receive a School of Arts approval form via e­mail when you first enrol on the paper. If you do not receive an approval form, obtain one from the Student Advice Centre, Ground Floor, J Block. When you have a supervisor's agreement and signature, return the form to the Student Advice Center, Ground Floor, J Block. Your enrolment will then be complete.

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Required Readings

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Davies, Rosamund. (2013). Introducing the Creative Industries: From theory to practice. London: Sage.

Flew, Terry. (2011). The Creative Industries: Culture and policy. London: Sage

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply disciplinary skills in an authentic professional context
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  • Communicate and interact with external clients in a workplace relationship, context or environment
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  • Develop a professional identity
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  • Document and report progress in applied tasks through professionally specialised writing
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  • Provide evidence of workplace enhanced professional skills
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  • Reflect on professional and organisational processes
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  • Reflect on professional skill development
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How you will be assessed

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Professional Practice Reflection and Work Log (Process)
9 Jun 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Professional Practice Conducted for WIL (Output)
9 Jun 2023
No set time
3. Final Presentation or Report on WIL Experience (Evaluation)
9 Jun 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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