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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2800 Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Ingrid Bale

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER1011Career Planning
CSER1020Career Planning for Chemists
CSER1021Career Planning

This module is not approved as a discovery module


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 degree programmes in Cultural and Media Studies, Fine Art, History of Art and Museum Studies and extracurricular life at University help in the development of key skills;
- to build 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 initiate active participation in and take-up of opportunities at School, Faculty and University level and engagement with 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 and related market conditions.
- the ability to relate skills gained from academic study, extra-curricular activities, employment and 'life skills' to the workplace.
- 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.
- the ability 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.
- 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 Cultural and Media Studies, Fine Art, History of Art and Museum Studies through weekly lectures, seminars, workshops and group work.

Week 1 - Introduction to the module, assignments and assessments
Week 2 - Career Decisions/What do FAHACS Graduates Do?
Week 3 - Work Experience and articulating skills and experience
Week 4 - Creative Industries/Networking and Social Media
Week 5 - Enterprise and Freelancing
Week 6 - Life after Leeds - options eg further study
Week 7 - Interview Skills
Week 8 - Presentation Skills
Week 9 - Career Sector Talks
Week 10 - Non-contact week
Week 11 - Skills Presentation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are given an extensive reading list with suggestions for further readings. Online study, initiated through a taught seminar session, encourages students to investigate the arts and cultural employment sector. Minerva will be employed to assist, encourage and direct students' independent learning.
There is a strong expectation that students attend career fairs and other employability-related events scheduled at School, Faculty or University level during Semester Two and make use of the Leeds Network. Furthermore, private study time should be dedicated to gathering information from the student’s own informal networks and from professionals and professional bodies, trade or sector publications and national and international organisations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This module is highly practical. Throughout Semester Two, students are encouraged to make appointments with the module leader (or other careers adviser) where progress can be discussed as part of an individualised application of module tasks and materials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkCV & covering letter20.00
Report3000 word employment sector report40.00
Group ProjectSkills challenge competition40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students who do not actively partake in the Skills Challenge preparations and/or fail to attend the Week 11 group presentations will be given an individual brief for an oral presentation to take place in the summer resit period.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/03/2018


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