PA6001 - Professional Directions

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is an opportunity for you to do an independent (self-initiated) project directly relevant to the career pathway you want to follow after graduation. The intention is that you use this module to prepare for making the transition from student to professional. If you are not sure about the direction you would like your future career to take then this module is a chance to find that direction. Your project needs to be related to the performing arts and appropriate to third year degree study. You can choose whether to work on your own, in a pair or small group.

You will learn about managing a project, developing skills in project design and planning, organisation and time-management. Depending on what you choose to do, you will learn more about being self-motivated and/or working as a team. Through the Professional Practice Week, you will meet a number of industry professionals and gain useful insights and potential network contacts for your career ahead. You will learn how to evidence what you have done and to evaluate it, through proper documentation in an appropriate form such as through video or on line records.

The exact detail of what you will learn will depend on what you choose to do. You might focus on furthering your skills and knowledge as a performer, facilitator, or writer to produce your own performance work or script. You might identify a shadowing opportunity as a way of developing skills in events management, teaching or setting up your own theatre company.

How will I learn on this module?

As this is an independent study module, you will learn mostly through independent research, exploration, reflection and praxis.

A series of lecture/workshops will introduce you to some of the key issues involved in project delivery and student support and also give you an opportunity to report on your work-in-progress and receive feedback from your peers. These sessions will provide you with advice on how to go about documenting your project for assessment, along with information on university Research Ethics Policy and Risk Assessment procedures.

You will also be assigned a Project Supervisor who will meet with you at regular intervals throughout your project to offer you advice and guidance. Around these tutorials you will be expected to organise your own timetable to include library and field research, planning, realisation and evaluation of your chosen area of study.

During Semester 2 you will take part in a trade fair style event through which you will present your work-in-progress to second year students and others. There will also be an opportunity to showcase your work within a student-led festival with technical and marketing support from the university.

Through participating in a ‘Professional Practice Week’ attached to this module, you will to learn more about developing and sustaining a successful performing arts career. You will learn about professional support networks that you can tap into to help you achieve your career goals, and you will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals who will share their insights, knowledge and experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The requirements of the module will be explained through the lecture/workshops and information will be available to you on Blackboard.

Your Project Supervisor will be your main point of contact and the first marker of your project. They will agree with you the parameters of your project and will support you in gaining ethical approval for your project and through approving your completed risk assessment. It is essential that you that you arrange to see your Project Supervisor regularly throughout your project and that you keep them informed of all key developments.

You are also welcome to meet with the Module Tutor to discuss the module and your project at any time.

Your project will be assessed through the documentation and evaluation of the project which you generate. If you identity personal training needs in relation to this we will do our best to provide this. Optional additional sessions in the past have included an introduction to setting up a basic website and basic video filming/editing training. If you wish, you will be able to locate elements of your documentation and evaluation within your Pebble + electronic portfolio.

Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. A broad and detailed understanding of a specific area of performing arts practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. The ability to design, realise and evidence through documentation a rigorous self-directed project
3. The ability to develop strategies for the management of the impact of time and resource constraints
4. The ability to critically reflect on and evaluate arts activity

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical practice and cultural sensitivity

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback will be provided by peers during workshops and by your Project Supervisor through tutorials.

The project is assessed through documentation and evaluation. You will choose to document your project in a way that is appropriate to the project and with the agreement of your Project Supervisor. Your documentation must include a final written evaluation of 500-800 words.(100%) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback or these tasks will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.





Module abstract

The Professional Directions module is your opportunity to do an independent (self-initiated and self-managed) project directly relevant to the career pathway you want to follow after graduation. The intention is that you use this module to prepare for making the transition from student to professional. It is an opportunity to be entrepreneurial and to further your future employment prospects. You can decide whether to work on your own or in collaboration with others. You will gain skills and experience in realising a project from initial idea through to completion and will learn about how to evidence the rigor and quality of your work though documentation (including though use of technology such as video and online documentation). There will be opportunity to share your work through a trade fair style event and within a student-led festival. A ‘Professional Practice Week’ provides opportunity to network with and learn from industry professionals.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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