20 credits at level HE6
This work-related module aims to provide a forum for final year students to reflect upon their own intellectual and skills development in the context of their entry into the world of graduate-level employment. You will research characteristics of different sectors of media-related industries to help you understand opportunities in the sector. Assignments are designed to help you develop a positive sense and realistic self-knowledge of your employability and enhance your confidence. After the module you will use this knowledge to inform the way in which you approach the employment market or further study.
Research activities; the contexts of film; careers in education; film marketing/publishing; film exhibition and festivals; postgraduate study; CVs and interviews; workshopping, developing and presenting personal statements
Study visits; seminars; workshops; guest speakers; tutorials; in-class exercises (approx. 42 hours); independent study (158 hours).
Assessment requires the student to reflect on their learning and skills profile by compiling a reflective 'career portfolio', by taking part in interview role play where they will have to present themselves as a skilled graduate to their peers, and by a folder that will detail either a placement they have undertaken or outline an industry-related project they have researched and developed (e.g. a film festival brochure/programme). Placement is not compulsory but it is expected that a majority of students will wish to take the opportunity of some work experience.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have developed an understanding of how intellectual, practical and research skills contribute to employability||Comment on and apply your own development of skills and forms of knowledge in a way that demonstrates self-reflection|
|2.||Have an understanding of the relation of media-related industries and careers to the academic study of film and media||Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of academic study to a context of work in a given media sector|
|3.||Exhibit a mature ability to present yourself as a skilled graduate in writing and by presentation||Evidence your capacity to project your own coherent identity as a graduate both in writing and orally|
|4.||Effectively communicate to a live audience your own ideas, enthusiasms, knowledge and skills||Use a presentation/interview to promote yourself in terms of skills and knowledge acquired|
|5.||Undertake a work placement OR a substantial critical project that demonstrates knowledge of a specified sector of the world of film/media industries||Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a sector in film/media industry EITHER through a research project or by documenting/reflecting on a work placement|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Career Portfolio (2500)||Folder incorporating Project OR account/commentary on Placement (3500)||Peer-marked Mock Interview (presentation/role-play)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
British Film Institute (2006) www.bfi.org.uk [10.10.06]
The Film Council (2006) www.filmcouncil.org.uk [10.10.06]
Jenner, S. (2000) The Graduate Careers Handbook, London: Pearson
Phillips, A. (2003) 'Education and Accreditation', Journal of Media Practice
Skillset. (2000) Skills for Tomorrow's Media
Thornham, S. and O'Sullivan, T. (2004) 'Chasing the Real: "Employability" and the Media Studies Curriculum', Media Culture Society 26, 717-736
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