Arts Internship - ARTS5010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Angie Varakis-Martin checkmark-circle


Students will engage in a work-based situation of their choice. The student will be responsible for finding the work-based situation, though support from the School and CES will be available. The internship should bear relevance to their subject of study or a career they expect to pursue upon graduation. The total of 300 hours will be divided as required for purposes of preparation, attendance of work placement and reflection/completion of required assessment.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 120 (study within a professional environment)
Private study hours: 180
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Presentation (20 mins) (40%)
Internship Journal (3000 words) (60%)

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

DeBono, E (1993) Parallel Thinking Viking/Penguin Group
Helyer, R (2015) The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook, Palgrave
Hope, Sophie; Figiel, Joanna (2012) Intern Culture: A Literature Review of Internship Report, Guidelines and Toolkits from 2009-2011, Artquest
Howard, K and Sharp, J et al (2002) The Management of a Learner Gower Aldershot
Lock, D (2003) Project Management Gower
Peel, M (1995) Improving your Communication Skills Kogan Page
Schön, D (1991) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action Aldershot

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Apply high level research and analytical skills to utilising their experience in a professional workplace environment;
2 Demonstrate systematic understanding of a range of key theoretical and practical issues currently faced by the arts industry in the UK and internationally;
3 Demonstrate insight into the functioning of the arts industry, including an understanding of the professional opportunities and opportunities for self-employment available to
them within the industry, and the challenges working in this industry poses;
4 Demonstrate practical knowledge, skills and experiences needed to be employable in the arts industry;
5 Contextualise, record, and critically evaluate arts practices and processes.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate the ability of initiative, planning, autonomy and time-management in identifying opportunities for personal and professional development;
2 Present themselves and their ideas effectively in applications for employment, funding, etc.;
3 Work effectively in the workplace which may include working both as part of a team or under their own initiative and understand group dynamics and handling of
interpersonal issues;
4 . Demonstrate high levels of competence in data collection, research, communication, compiling of reports, information management, promotion and design;
5 Communicate effectively, to a professional standard, using coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing;
6 Develop a substantial degree of critical and self-reflexive awareness by reflecting on their own learning and personal development in a strategic, analytical and autonomous


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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