Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OART5002C

Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Reeves
Phone: 9925 4895
Email:  john.reeves@rmit.edu.au

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

No pre or co requisites for this course.

Course Description

The unit Develop and Apply Creative Arts Industry Knowledge develops the knowledge you need to understand and work within the Screenwriting industry. It also gives you the skills to develop and apply basic industry practices within the creative arts industries.

At RMIT, the unit  CUVIND501B Develop and Apply Creative Arts Industry Knowledge is delivered with CUFCMP301A Implement Copyright Arrangements. However it is assessed separately.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVIND501B Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Element:

1. Research and apply industry information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the structure and operation of the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
 1.2 Research employment obligations and opportunities within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
 1.3 Monitor trends and emerging technologies within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
 1.4 Research laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
 1.5 Analyse, critique and share industry information with relevant personnel to assist own decision making and contingency planning
 1.5 Evaluate currency and credibility of information sources and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad
 1.6 Maintain accurate and comprehensive details of information sources

Element:

2. Maintain effective industry networks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in networks and associations to maintain high standards of professional practice
 2.2 Use network strategies to establish and maintain relationships that enhance own professional practice
 2.3 Maintain dialogue with networks to maximise industry contacts and ensure currency and credibility of industry knowledge
 2.4 Communicate benefits of network participation to relevant personnel

Element:

3. Enhance professional practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek feedback from relevant personnel to identify professional development opportunities
 3.2 Participate in professional development activities to improve work performance and ensure currency of industry knowledge
 3.3 Use industry affiliations and strategic alliances to support and maintain professional practice


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply relevant information, regulations and laws to working in the creative industries. You will also be able to apply knowledge of copyright to protect creative work.


Details of Learning Activities

You learn through:

1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

2. Out-of-class activities:
• online and other research
• independent study
 


Teaching Schedule


WEEK CLASS CONTENTASSESSMENT DUEELEMENTS
Week 1
 

Overview of course content and discussion of assessment.
Networking and ways of developing contacts in the Screenwriting industry.

Identifying opportunities within the Screenwriting industry.

 

CUVIND501B
2,

CUFCMP301A
1,

Week 2
 

Organising forum groups. Identifying key questions.
Exploration and discussion of defintion and breadth of the industy
Scope and state of Australian Film, TV and Digital industry

Assessment #1 :Developing Industry Contacts

 

CUVIND501B
1

CUFCMP301A
1, 2, 3
 
Week 3 
 

Looking at the Australian Screenwriting industry in an international context
Forum presentation and planning
Presentation skills - How to connect with your panel and your audience.
SSCC representatives nominated - connecting with issues around  provision and delivery of training

Assessment #1 (cont’d): Developing Industry Contacts

Assessment #2: DVD Donation Report

CUVIND501B
1, 3

CUFCMP301A
  1

Week 4 
 

The Screenwriter in today’s industry
Opening Sequence - plans for 2014 discussed, committees formed. Building your profile as a screenwriter.

Assessment #2 (cont’d): DVD Donation Report

CUVIND501B
1, 2

CUFCMP301A
1, 2

Week 5
 
Forum #1:
Guest Speakers

Forum #2:
Guest Speakers
 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2
 

Week 6 
 

Forum #3:
Guest Speakers


Forum #4:
Guest Speakers

 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2
 

Week 7Forum #5:
Guest Speakers

Forum #6:
Guest Speakers

 CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2

 

Week 8
 
Copyright and legal issues for screenwriters
Discussion on copyright issues from Industry copyright specialist
 
 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2, 3

Week 9
 
More on copyright and legal issues for screenwriters:
Industry speaker
 
Assessment #3: Copyright Case studiesCUFCMP301A
1, 2, 3
Week 10
 
No class (Good Friday)  
 Mid semester break: one week  
Week 11
 
Copyright and legal issues: Written knowledge assessment task.

Assessment #7: Copyright and legal Issues Assessment Task

CUFCMP301A
1, 2, 3

Week 12
 

Forum #7:
Guest Speakers

Forum #8:
Guest Speakers

 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

 CUFCMP301A
1, 2
 

Week 13
 
Forum #9:
Guest Speakers

Forum #10:
Guest Speakers
 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2
 

Week 14
 
Future directions of the screenwriting industry. How do current trends affect today’s emerging screenwriters.
Industry issues:
Your Say
 
Assessment #6: Industry Issues: Your Say

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3
 

Week 15
 

Future directions of the screenwriting industry. How do current trends affect today’s emerging screenwriters.
Industry issues:
Your Say

Assessment #6 (cont’d): Industry Issues: Your Say

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

 

Week 16
 

Review of semester’s work and all forums
 

 

CUVIND501B
1, 2, 3

CUFCMP301A
1, 2, 3
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


References


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are assessed as Competent or Not Yet Competent. To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

For further information on the assessment and assessment criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

  • Assessment #1: Developing contacts  (CUVIND501B: Elements: 1, 2, 3): Weeks 2 & 3
  • Assessment #2: DVD Donation Report  (CUVIND501B: Elements: 1, 2, 3) : Weeks 3 & 4
  • Assessment #3: Copyright case studies (CUFCMP301A: Elements: 1, 2, 3): Week 9
  • Assessment #4: Group exercise in organising and presenting an Industry Forum presentation and report (CUVIND501B: Elements: 1, 2, 3) (Presentations as scheduled through negotiation with teacher  throughout the semester)
  • Assessment #5: Individual report on the forum, explaining your contribution, and evaluating its effectiveness. Reports to be submitted in class 2 weeks after your forum. (CUVIND501B: Elements: 1, 2, 3)


SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

The following assessments will be assessed as competent or not yet competent. They will not be graded.

Assessment #6: Industry Issues: Your Say (CUVIND501B Elements: 1, 2, 3): Weeks 14 & 15

The prestigious Australian Screenwriters’ Foundation is planning a symposium on screenwriting for their annual conference. They want you to present an 8-minute account of a particular issue related to the film, television and digital media industry in Australia from a screenwriter’s point of view.

You’ll write up your speech, making use of your own research from industry journals, for inclusion in the conference papers, with copies of any overhead slides you’ll be presenting to illustrate your talk. It should be no longer than 1500 words (excluding tables and attachments). You may wish to include topical references and jokes for the amusement of the audience.

You are invited to read your paper live to the conference, which will be held across a 2-week window. 

Assessment #7. Copyright and Legal Issues (CUFCMP301A Elements: 1, 2, 3): Week 11

You’ll sit a written knowledge assessment task in class to assess your ability to identify sources of information on copyright, to recognize problems that arise from copyright ownership discussions, and your knowledge of practical application for rights and permissions, together with related legal issues.


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 administration.

Other Information

Attendance
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

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.

Feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will 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. For more on the student progress policy see RMIT’s website.

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

Work Placement
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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