AD6205: Professional Studies: Art, Work, Life

AD6205: Professional Studies: Art, Work, Life

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Professional Studies: Art, Work, Life
Module Code AD6205
Module Tutor James Fisher
School School of Arts
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module will equip students with vital skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop career options within the creative industries, beyond university. In addition, this module will specifically support the development of professional approaches to all aspects of exhibiting work, incorporating a distinct curatorial emphasis.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will gain professional experience encompassing a wide range of areas including documenting artwork, self-promotion (catalogues, blogs and social media), publicity, exhibition presentation/display, curatorial practice, verbal presentation, fundraising, costing creative work, networking, and CV/statement writing.

Throughout, students will develop their understanding of potential career paths, and opportunities relating to developing a career within the creative field, such as applying for employment, post graduate study, residency programs, commissions, sourcing and applying for funding, becoming self employed, business start up, etc.

Through a diverse range of teaching methods and formats, students’ will establish their place and goals within the contexts of both contemporary practice and the world of employment.

Learning Outcomes


A student passing this module should be able to:


  1. Plan, design and structure self-promotional material, including the continuing development of their CV, artist statement, etc.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth awareness and knowledge of a range of contemporary debate and discussion surrounding exhibition display/curatorial practice, and be able to apply these to the context of practical studio work.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the historical, contemporary and cultural contexts of their art practice and that of others; be able to recognise, analyse and discuss relevant issues coherently through both formal presentation and informally discussion.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of employment/career opportunities and/or business practices within the creative industries as appropriate to their own discipline area.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of entrepreneurial skills to support creative practice and enhance employability.
  6. Work with others on group projects, dealing with issues of collaboration, creative compromise and people management.


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Portfolio: 7000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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