Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5645C

Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Kate Neal

Program manger: Penny Johnson
9925 4383

Nominal Hours: 20

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 addresses the collection, application and updating of general industry information needed to write a range of documentation relevant to the creative arts industries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFIND201A Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge


1. Source and apply industry information

Performance Criteria:

1.   Seek information on the structure and operation of the creative arts industries using appropriate sources.
2.   Seek information on employment obligations and opportunities within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources.
3.   Seek information on new technology affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources.
4.   Comply with copyright requirements when accessing information.
5.   Apply information in day-to-day work activities to enhance quality of work performance.


2. Identify industry laws and regulations

Performance Criteria:

6.   Seek information on laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources.
7.   Identify implications of breaching laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries.
8.   Apply information to ensure laws and regulations are not breached in day-to-day work activities.


3. Update and maintain industry knowledge

Performance Criteria:

9.   Identify and use a range of opportunities to update knowledge of the creative arts industries.
10. Identify current issues of concern to the creative arts industries.
11. Share updated knowledge with colleagues.
12. Establish and maintain effective contacts in the creative arts industries.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities will include:

  • lectures
  • industry speakers
  • teacher directed activities
  • team meetings
  • class exercises
  • class presentations


Out-of-class activities will include:-

  • online research
  • team-based project work

Teaching Schedule

 Class Class Activity Assessment due 
9 May

Overview of course
Anatomy of a grant
Assessing opportunities
Preparation for subsequent team project

  1.1, 1.2,1.3, 1.4
16 May

Writing a funding proposal
From mission to operations
Your aims/their terms 
Marrying the project and the funding program
Team meeting to commence the application process

Formative (individual) - identify one funding opportunity each relevant to the team
 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1
23 May
Pulling it all together
More than filling in the form
The assessment process
Team meeting to work towards a full draft
Formative (group)  -  Minutes of the week 2
team meeting.
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
30 May

Presenting and assessing team proposals
Team meeting: the final cut
Plan B: parallel paths to funding
Third time lucky - the ’multi-use’ fundraising proposal
Other opportunities: awards, scholarships, prizes
Class discussion: an unsuccessful application

  3.1,.2, 3.3
6 May

The demands of success: implementing a funded project
The grant contract: expectations and obligations
Spending the grant
Supporter relations
The completed project
Life after the grant

  3.3, 3.4
13 May
 Summative (group) - Completed grant
application. One per group

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes will be available on Blackboard.


Australia Council, Arts Funding Guide 2013
  Arts Victoria, 'Funding at a Glance'.

Other Resources

REsources will

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include the development and refinement of a range of writing pieces which address the current standards used in the workplace. All assessment should meet a professional level of completion and will include:

  • participation in written exercises, in class and online
  • oral presentations/case studies
  • questioning and observation
  • the application of current industry research learned skills and insights

Assessment Tasks

Formative Assessment (due 16 May)
Identify and briefly describe one funding opportunity per person suitable for your project.

Formative Assessment (due 23 May)
Document your team meeting and any decisions in Minutes - one per group.

Summative Assessment:  Group Funding Proposal (3-4 per group) due on 13 June
A completed grant application based on an actual granting program from a local government, state or federal arts agency, or a philanthropic trust.

Assessment will be based on:

  • how well the grant proposal responds to the specific criteria of the scheme: the accuracy, readability and completeness of the submission, its compatibility with the requirements of the scheme
  • your knowledge of the creative arts industry, laws and regulations, funding sources and the strategic elements of grant writing.

You will be assessed as a group and as either Competent or Not Yet Comnpetent. For specific information, see the assessment rubric.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Please see the RMIt website for the tudent progress policy.

Special Consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. For special consideration, appeals and discipline, please see the RMIT website.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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.

Late Submission
Work submitted late without an extension or special consideration will be penalised. See the program website for more details.

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