Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Program manger: Penny Johnson
9925 4383 

Teacher: Yannick Thoraval

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


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.


 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.


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
  • project work

Teaching Schedule

 Class Class Activity Assessment due 

Overview of course
Anatomy of a grant
Assessing opportunities for employment
Improving existing applications


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

Assessment 1: Identify a project and relevant funding program
Pulling it all together
More than filling in the form
The assessment process
Work towards a full draft


An unsuccessful application

Presenting and assessing team proposals
Plan B: parallel paths to funding
Other opportunities: awards, scholarships, prizes


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

 Assessment 2: Complete a grant application 




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 be supplied by the teacher.

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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task 2 (refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment Task 1: Identify a project and relevant grant
Due date: 5 May 2015

You will identify a project that you may wish to develop and find a corresponding grant program you could apply for to support the project.

Assessment Task 2: Complete a grant application
Due date: 26 May 2015

You will complete a 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.

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI  Competent with Distinction
CC   Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieve – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

 The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

Cover Sheet for Submission
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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity




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