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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2800 Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Sue Holdsworth

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER1011Career Planning 1
CSER1020Career Planning for Chemists
CSER1021Career Planning 2

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module is intended to prepare Level Two students in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to make appropriate career decisions and to apply effectively for internships, postgraduate study or graduate employment. The module draws from the expertise of the Leeds University Careers Centre, staff in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and sector professionals to deliver workshops, lectures and seminars and the group work project.

The module aims:
- to increase awareness of skills, interests and personal characteristics in relation to career choice;
- to consider how the Fine Art, History of Art, Museum Studies and Cultural Studies degree programmes and life at University help in the development of key skills;
- to demonstrate an awareness of graduate employment opportunities, both generally and specifically for the arts and cultural sectors, and have an understanding of how to access and evaluate them;
- to increase the understanding of the range of ways in which the Careers Centre can help with career planning and development.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have a sound knowledge of the careers sectors for arts and culture. Students will also have the ability to relate skills gained from academic study, extra-curricular activities, employment and 'life skills' to the workplace. They will have improved team-working skills, presentation skills as well as planning and organisational skills intended to facilitate the smooth transition from University to the graduate's next life-phase. Students will also be able to identify key aspects of the decision making process when choosing a career and will become aware of the resources, support and opportunities available to manage this process. Students will have used a range of tools and techniques for personal development planning: self auditing and self reflection, action planning, monitoring progress, gathering and responding to feedback, critical review and reflection.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have refined the skills necessary for the written and oral communication of information, and be able to demonstrate research skills and the marshalling of evidence to produce a sector report. Presentation skills, advocacy, networking, initiative, teamwork and personal development skills will also be developed and refined as part of the module.


The module provides a framework for the development of the skills to explore the opportunities available to graduates in Fine Art, History of Art, Museum Studies and Cultural Studies through weekly lectures, seminars, workshops and group work.

Session 1: Introduction to the module; Graduate destinations – what do arts and culture graduates do? Group allocations for the Skills Challenge; group exercise. (Sue Holdsworth)
Session 2: 'You don’t end up doing what you started out doing' (Leeds University Arts and Culture graduate); Applications in the arts and culture sector; The recruitment process (Sector Professionals)
Session 3: Internships and work placements (Rebecca Evans, Work Experience Officer); Introduction to Leeds Alumni Programme (Leeds University Alumni Officer); Volunteering opportunities (Owen Evans, Access & Community Engagement ACE, University of Leeds)
Session 4: Careers in museums, galleries and heritage (Sector Professionals); Careers in media and journalism (Sector Professionals); Being an artist (Alison Watson, East Street Arts)
Session 5: Postgraduate study and academic careers (FAHACS staff); Careers in teaching (Spencer Hibbert, Teach First)
Session 6: Reading Week
Session 7: CVs and covering letters; On-line applications; Introduction to psychometric tests; Interviews and assessment centres (Sue Holdsworth)
Session 8: Careers in the Arts (Sector Professionals); Planning for the Skills Challenge (Sue Holdsworth); Information on Scenario Task (FAHACS staff)
Session 9: Careers in the public and third sectors (Sector Professionals)
Session 10: Non-contact week – preparing for the Skills Challenge and the Sector Report
Session 11: Skills Challenge

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning10.500.50
Group learning22.004.00
Independent online learning hours120.00
Private study hours62.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are given an extensive reading list with suggestions for further readings. On-line study, initiated through a taught seminar session, encourages students to investigate the arts and cultural employment sector. The University VLE will be employed to assist, encourage and direct students' independent learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance will be expected at every session, and non-attendance without good reason followed up. Students will be encouraged to make full use of the Careers Centre facilities to aid their progress during the course of the module. The seminar teaching format also ensures ample opportunity for discussion and testing student comprehension and progress.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkCV & covering letter10.00
Report2,000 word employment sector report30.00
Group ProjectSkills challenge competition30.00
Written Work1,000 word Scenario task30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/03/2014


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