ARTSW302-20C (HAM)

Work-related Arts Research Project

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts


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Paper Description

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The University of Waikato is equipped with professional venues, facilities and experienced staff who are able to mentor students in research and professional conduct associated with a broad range of arts practices (performance, praxis, and application of professional and research skills). Students will develop a project in which they will be able to reflect on professional work practices (e.g. writing for different audiences, researching different aspects of professional practice in the creative industries), or simulate a professional work task or event (e.g. organize an arts event or produce work for public consumption). Projects could involve practice-led and practice-based research relating to particular processes, approaches, techniques, and applications of arts practice, knowledge, research and performance. ARTSW302 permits students to either research, or simulate work-related practices associated with arts-related vocations.
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Paper Structure

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This is an independent study work-integrated learning (WIL) 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 pre-requisites (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) select the programme under which ARTSW302 will be completed and 2) secure a supervisor to support and assess the WIL experience.

STEP 1 - Decide on your 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 - audio-visual production, print media, interactive design, script-writing, game design, animation, documentary, producer, media communication, visual journalism, etc.

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

English - creative writing, archive and historical research, proofreading, 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.

Who to see? Our WIL Advisors are:

Screen and Media Studies - Dr Isabelle Delmotte, Room I.4.29, e-mail:

International Languages and Cultures - Assoc. Prof. Laura Lopez-Fernandez, Room I.3.03, e-mail:

English - Catherine Chidgey, Room I.3.20A, e-mail:

Music - Dr Lara Hall, Room IJ.3.01, e-mail:

Linguistics - Dr Andreea Calude, Room I.3.10A, e-mail:

Theatre & Dance - Dr Declan Patrick, Room I.4.13, e-mail:

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 e-mail 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 Centre, Ground Floor, J Block. Your enrolment will then be complete.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Analyse and recognise workplace/community group norms of professional practice
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  • Show progression towards being able to communicate professionally as appropriate to the relevant workplace or community group
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  • Demonstrate professional writing skills which clearly connect with the relevant and associated professional practice connected to discipline
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  • Provide evidence of being able to comprehend and meet future client expectations within the scope of the project
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  • Identify and reflect on skills development on the project
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  • Produce an output that has a recognised relevance to the professional practice associated with arts-related employment.
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Assessment Components

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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. Project Proposal
  • Email: Lecturer
  • Hand-in: Department Office
2. Project + Report/Exegisis
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Presentation
  • 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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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Courage, Cara & McKeown, Anita (2018) Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
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Online Support

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A Moodle page will be made available for general resources and support.
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This is a 15-point paper, requiring 150 hours. The majority of the paper will be allocated to independent study, supervision and its presentation/write up with 20-30 hrs for additional supporting assignments.
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Prerequisite papers: ARTSC101, ARTSC110 or INTLC101 and permission of a Programme WiL Coordinator listed for the paper.




Restricted papers: ARTSW300, ARTSW301, ARTSW303, ARTSW304, ARTSW305, ARTSW306, ARTSW307, ARTSW308, ARTSW309.

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