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PDES3220 Professional and Portfolio Development / Creative Professionals

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Briony Thomas

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Levels 1 and 2 of MDes,BSc Product Design in order to develop a portfolio of design work.


PDES3110Design Project

Module replaces

PDES 3200 Professional Portfolio & Industry Awareness

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will assist individual students to maximise their potential during their transition into a professional career or further academic study by preparing them for the application, interview and selection process.The content of this module focuses on careers in the Creative Industries, such as Product Design, however some of the content is generic for any given career path.


The module aims to develop and enhance the employability of students by providing them with structured support for managing their personal development and career planning. The module aims to support individual students in identifying and developing their range of transferable skills, which are essential for academic and professional success.

The module objectives are:
- To inform students of the opportunities before them when they leave university
- To introduce and engage students with the facilities and support available within the Careers Centre
- To provide guidance to support students in their choice of future career path
- To present a snapshot of what happens in the professional practice of design
- To provide guidance in regard to the range of skills employers are looking for
- To support students to demonstrate a range of transferrable and subject-specific skills through their CV and portfolio

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students should be better able to:
1. Identify and set personal objectives for academic and career development
2. Reflect on their learning and the development of their professional and employability skills
3. Recognise and evaluate the transferable and subject-specific skills relevant to a specific role or position.
4. Produce a professional CV and letter of application for a specified position.
5. Practice and develop their ability to perform successfully in interviews.
6. Produce a professional portfolio of project-based work to demonstrate a range of skills for a specific role.
7. Present visual and non-visual work to demonstrate a range of skills to both specialist and lay audiences.

Skills outcomes
Oral and visual presentation
Portfolio presentation
CV and application letter writing
Career planning


- Career planning
- Labour market research
- Networking
- CV writing
- Preparing for employer interviews
- Portfolio development

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours74.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Skills Challenge - 20 hours
Career action planning and CV - 10 hours
Portfolio and interview preparation - 44 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular seminars during semester one and two will allow on-going progress towards assessed outputs to be monitored. Tutorial sessions will be available in semester two to provide formative feedback to students on their individual portfolios. Students will also have access to advisory support on a self-directed basis.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayCV and cover letter20.00
Group ProjectSkills Challenge20.00
PortfolioPortfolio and Interview60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 21/11/2019


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