Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arts and Cultural Management 2: Placement

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit prepares students for the world of work after graduating. Placements in the arts and cultural fields will be selected, organised, and supervised by the lecturer. These placements will reflect the broad opportunities that characterise the cultural sector. They will, moreover, enable students to put into practice not only the study-units on arts and cultural management but also the holistic learning of any study course they are undertaking.

The study-unit provides basic tools in acquiring best practices within contemporary arts and cultural management. Although this study-unit complements THS2107 Arts and Cultural Management 1: Theories and Perspectives, sufficient tutoring will be provided to enable it to be taken independently.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit presents students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice within a professional arts and culture environment. Through placements in specific contexts, students will gain insight into the multifaceted tasks and expectations that accompany the cultural industries, including competent planning and self-management skills, team-working, and awareness of institutional procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Evaluate a range of professional practices in the arts and cultural sector;
- Apply aspects of management theory within the framework of a placement practice;
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of how to operate in a workplace, including the importance of applying cultural values.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Establish contact with potential employers and experience professional work practices;
- Demonstrate general insight in how to deal with institutions and the world of work outside university;
- Develop basic management skills in a real-life situation, applying critical judgement and self-organisation;
- Work autonomously and collaboratively with others, understanding and negotiating group dynamics, and handling and solving issues;
- Demonstrate communication skills in a coherent, productive, and effective way.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Due to the nature of this study-unit, the reading list will vary according to each placement. The following are some indicative titles:

- W. Byrnes, Management and the Arts (Burlington: Focal Press, 2008)
- M. Foley, D. McGillivray, G. McPherson, Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy (London: Routledge, 2011)
- D. Klaic, Resetting the Stage (Bristol: Intellect, 2012)
- J. McGuigan, Rethinking Cultural Policy (Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2004).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lectures, Fieldwork and Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 Yes 50%
Report SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Davinia Galea

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