Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: GEDU6109C

Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5350 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact: Andrew Harrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4350

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Janis Lesinskis
Phone: 9925 4982 



Nominal Hours: 50

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

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to maintain creative arts industry knowledge, and monitor and manage your own professional practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge


1. Research and apply creative arts industry information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research structure and operation of creative arts industry 1.2 Research employment obligations and opportunities within the industry 1.3 Monitor trends and emerging technologies within the industry 1.4 Research legislation and industry protocols relevant to the industry 1.5 Analyse and evaluate accuracy, currency and credibility of information sources to determine that research scope is sufficient 1.6 Compile and maintain accurate and comprehensive details of information gathered and its sources


2. Maintain effective industry networks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in professional industry bodies and associations to maintain industry knowledge 2.2 Use networking strategies to establish and maintain relationships that enhance own professional practice and profile 2.3 Use communication channels to maximise dialogue with industry contacts and ensure currency and credibility of industry knowledge 2.4 Record details of networking activities and benefits gained from participation


3. Enhance professional practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate own skills and knowledge to identify professional development needs 3.2 Seek advice from relevant people to identify professional development opportunities 3.3 Participate in professional development activities to improve work performance and currency of industry knowledge

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this competency, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to maintain your creative arts industry knowledge, and monitor and manage your own professional practice.

Details of Learning Activities

In this program, structured learning occurs in the classroom and through completion of assessment. However, as an independent learner you will also be engaged in unstructured activities such as private study and practice of technical skills required in using cameras, lighting and sound equipment and editing tools . You are also expected to  familiarise yourself with different aspects of the screen and media industry. This includes spending time engaged in attending films and film festivals, watching streamed content, attending industry events and exhibitions and building relationships with industry bodies such as the Screen Producers Association and the Australian Society of Cinematographers.

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

  • lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussions
  • screenings
  • online research
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • industry speakers

Out-of class activities include, but are not limited to:

  • reading set texts
  • research
  • production work
  • independent study and project based work 

Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability resources.






Week 1

Creative industries research

The landscape of media production. Media profession niches. Activities and resources summarised. Introduction to research strategies.



Week 2

Key screen industry organisations and resources researched

The purposes of government bodies, guilds & associations, unions, not for profit organisations. Professional regulations, protocols, procedures, guides identified



Week 3

Organisations and resources reviewed 

Findings shared.


Week 4

Professional networks  


Strategies explored.




Week 5

Production methods and resources reviewed

Presentations of findings.

Assess 1 due: Industry Information Resources

Week 6


Concepts, requirements, strategies – guest presentation.



Week 7

Distribution and exhibition strategies researched

Methods of getting your finished project to an audience. Trends and opportunities explored. Deliverables requirements investigated.




Week 8

Communities as resources and audiences

Involvement and support through shared interests.




Week 9

Industry entry strategies

Mentoring, internships and placements. Approaching potential employers and collaborators.



Week 10

Competitions and festivals

strategies to maximise benefits to you



Week 11

Digital distribution

The Web, VOD and distribution methods.



Week 12

Trends and opportunities - assessment presentation

Trends and opportunities - assessment presentation

Assess 2 due:

Industry structure and operation


Week 13

Trends and opportunities: case studies

Trends and opportunities: case studies




Week 14

Engaging with associations, guilds and networks  



Membership, events, workshops, resources 


Week 15

Methods of organising your own data

Collecting information, planning and tracking your professional activities. Your personalised professional practice and networking plan.


Assess 3 due: Networks and Professional Practice: Individual Professional Strategy

Week 16

 Review strategies

Revisit individual career  priorities.




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading for this course will provided in class by the teacher


Other Resources

Other resources for this course are available on Canvas

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and may include practical team based projects.

Assessment Tasks

For each assessment task you will receive a detailed brief specifying requirements

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments. 

Assessment Task:

Assessment Task 1 - Research and analyse the creative arts sector. You will investigate the creative industries and then complete a written report on the findings. Due Date: week 5

Assessment Task 2 - Industry protocols and procedures. You will search and find information on a creative arts organisation and present you findings to the class. Due Date: week 12

Assessment Task 3 - Participate in the creative arts industry. You will need to select creative industry organisation, association, creative arts body, competition, event, festival and communicate with the organiser, engage in the professional activity and then complete a report on what you did during the activity. Due Date: week 15


Assessment tasks 1, 2 and 3 are to be finalised by no later than end of Semester 1 Week 16.


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

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


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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