Course Title: Plan a career in the creative arts industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: EMPL5956C

Course Title: Plan a career in the creative arts industry

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills

Nominal Hours: 35

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and evaluate career opportunities in the creative arts industry, including personal skills analysis and portfolio development. 

This course identifies opportunities to assist in developing you as an artist. The course provided an overview of the arts industry, it allows for peer discussions and networking opportunities.

This course is delivered in conjunction with CUVPRP404A Develop self as artist and CUVPRP304A Participate in collaborative creative projects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSIND302A Plan a career in the creative arts industry


1. Build industry networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Attend creative arts industry productions and events and identify the commercial value of relevant industry products and services
1.2 Talk with people in the industry to develop an awareness of typical formal and informal pathways into different job roles
1.3 Use a range of sources to establish potential contacts and to keep up to date with industry trends and career possibilities
1.4 Explore and participate in work and work experience opportunities as a way of advancing career possibilities


2. Develop a career plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek advice from people working in areas of interest regarding career potential and any specific preparation required
2.2 Evaluate and align own skills and interests to preferred career pathways within the creative arts industry
2.3 Clarify additional skills required for preferred career pathways and confirm with relevant personnel
2.4 Identify and use learning opportunities to maximise career opportunities for occupations within the creative arts industry
2.5 Align own career aspirations/potential with realistic career goals and discuss with relevant personnel
2.6 Document and store a career plan and discuss with relevant personnel


3. Develop a skills portfolio

Performance Criteria:

3.1 In consultation with relevant personnel, plan a portfolio of evidence to meet a range of purposes
3.2 Identify appropriate presentation methodologies for a portfolio and confirm with relevant personnel
3.3 Develop a résumé or résumés that promote own ability to meet specific job requirements
3.4 Maintain portfolio in a format appropriate to creative arts industry work contexts

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Acquired network and industry resources
  • An awareness of a range of professional opportunities and career relationships in the arts industry
  • Develop substantiated positions to support professional practice.

  In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • A professional rapport with industry
  • Experimenting with technology and techniques
  • Expanded knowledge of the arts industry.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed studio activities/projects
• studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered with CUVPRP304A Participate in collaborative creative projects and CUVPRP404A Develop self as artist

Week Class content Task Elements
1 Introduction to unit:
  • Learning outcomes
  • assessment criteria
  • course requirements
  • studio clean-up process
  • introduction to project briefs
  • Presentation on artists
Learning and assessment takes place in four week tasks 1-3
2-4 Introduction to task 1

Strategies to improve own arts practice skills

Industry knowledge and issues

5-8 Introduction to task 2

Creative thinking techniques

Industry consultation

9-12 Introduction to task 3

Exhibition set up and installation practice

Connecting to local and international art practices

13-20 Introduction to task 4

Creative practice and opportunities

Development of a folio of art and networking resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of tasks that demonstrate your understanding of creative arts practice and industry requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1:

1. Visual resource file of industry networks, exhibition opportunities, artist career opportunities

(digital files)

Description: Industry and network opportunities and knowledge

Semester: S2

Week: 20

2. Assessment title: Visual diary

Description: Local and contemporary art practice

Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to you influences, your ideas.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

In assessing whether a particular adjustment is reasonable consideration should be given to:
• the student’s disability and his/her views
• the effect of the adjustment on the student, including effect on his/her ability to achieve learning outcomes, participate in courses or programs and achieve independence
• the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the education provider, staff and other students
• the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

As a result, what constitutes "reasonable" varies on a case-by-case basis and the balance is sometimes difficult to strike. However, it is clear that education providers are not required to lower academic standards or disregard the needs staff or other students. In more complex cases discussion with the disability service will be useful. It may be useful to examine previous judgements in relation to the DDA.

An RTO needs to fit LLN into the delivery of its training and assessment as it has an important role in:
• redressing any deficiencies in its students’ key LLN skills
• building the generic skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers.

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills.
Employability Skills which feature in the Diploma of Visual Art include:
• Communication
• Teamwork
• Problem solving
• Initiative and enterprise
• Planning and organising
• Self management
• Learning
• Technology

Employability skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: chapter/EmpSkillsMandText

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