Course Modules

Industry Placement (LVD5001)

This module prepares you for work placement in the visual production industry. A series of workshops prior to your work placement will include personal development planning, interview skills and preparing a CV along with how to create a reflective diary. Work placements can vary between established companies and events to individual in-house activity with significant and appropriate contributions from visiting practitioners. Our Work Placement Manager will help you research and facilitate your work placements, and you may also be offered a range of opportunities via our unique Backstage Academy Crew agency.

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  • Indicative Content

    1. Personal development planning update
    2. CV update
    3. Employment application
    4. Interview skills
    5. Preparing for work in the international visual production industry
    6. Health and safety in the workplace
    7. Employee rights and responsibilities
    8. Observing practice and shadowing an employee in a supervisory capacity
    9. Making a success of the work placement
    10. Identification of a management or work-related issue for investigation
    11. Compilation of a portfolio of evidence, including a reflective work placement diary
    12. Effective use of reflection
    13. Analysing a management/work-related problem/issue
    14. Primary research design and analysis
  • Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module you will be expected to be able to:

    1. Employ a self-assessment approach for identifying personal learning and development needs, enabling better-informed judgements to be made regarding career choices
    2. Understand and use effective applications for employment within an industrial context and utilise these to gain an appropriate work placement
    3. Identify, propose and appraise a negotiated management or work-related issue and make recommendations for improvement
    4. Provide evidence of managerial and team-working skills in a vocational context, demonstrating an understanding of cultural diversity in working practices
  • Summative Assessment

    30% Coursework – Portfolio

    70% Coursework – Report

  • Indicative Reading

    • Amos, J. A. (2009) Handling Tough Job Interviews: Be Prepared, Perform Well, Get the Job, (4th Ed), Oxford: How-to-Books – Hard Copy and – Resource
    • Cameron, S. (2009) The Business Student’s Handbook: Learning Skills for Study and Employment, (5th Ed), Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall
    • Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, (2nd Ed), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
    • DeLuca, M. & Lees, J. (2008) Job Interviews: Top Answers to tough Questions, (2nd Ed), London: McGraw-Hill
    • Elkin, S. (2013) So You Want to Work in Theatre?, London: Nick Hern
    • Moon, J. (2006) Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development, (2nd Ed), London: Routledge
    • Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice, London: Routledge
    • Neugebauer, J. And Evans-Brain, J. (2009) Making the Most of your Placement, London: Sage
    • Winstanley, D (2009) Personal Effectiveness, (2nd Ed), CIPD: London
    • Yeung, R. (2002) The Ultimate career success workbook, London: Kogan Page