Working in the Creative Industries CCA4002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to position themselves within a professional role in a creative project. Students will be asked to consider issues related to the design, planning and execution of a collaborative creative project, including such things as timeline, finance, personnel, impact, venue, and marketing. Projects may involve a variety of media, for example, music, theatre, film and television, visual and digital arts, or artefacts.


10 x 1 hr lectures over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus (Friday 10:00)

5 x 2 hr workshops

5 x 1 hr seminars

2 x 1 hr tutorials over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

3 x 1 hr workshop sessions on dissertation preparation over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to students fulfilling requirements to for Honours entry into Creative Arts and Industries and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Project Development Dossier (1500 words group submission/mark) - 20%

Digitally captured project pitch (10 mins individually assessed) - 50%

Critical reflection (1500 words) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ engender skills pertaining to working in a professional context

■ promote critical reflection on the influence of economic and institutional factors on professional creative projects

■ consider the importance of portfolio careers and networking

■ place students in critical collaborative situations that require professional communication skills

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply a range of professional skills relevant to the creative industries in practical, collaborative contexts

■ design a business plan for a creative project

■ collaborate effectively with others, understanding the importance of communication, negotiation and leadership in a creative context

■ critically reflect on the application of professional practices in the context of a creative career

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.