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Unit information: Industrial Placement in 2021/22

Unit name Industrial Placement
Unit code FATV30008
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Katie Mack
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for final year students to pursue an industrial placement in a professional context, related to the areas of film and television. Students choose and arrange their own placements (subject to approval by the unit convenor), but they will be provided with support and guidance from the Department. The Department also has a number of ongoing links and connections to suitable organisations that students seeking placements can draw on. As part of the placement, the student will conduct appropriate tasks under the guidance of a nominated mentor from the host organization and under the supervision of the department. The industrial placement also includes a 3000 word reflexive account that reflects on and engages with the placement and/or issues closely linked to it.

The unit aims:

  • To provide the opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and experience of the discipline by working in an appropriate host organization under the guidance of a mentor from that organization;
  • To enable students to develop and apply appropriate knowledges and skills within a professional setting;
  • To provide the opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and experience of the discipline through independent study.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. work within a professional industrial setting related to film and/or television;

2. communicate effectively in interpersonal settings and in writing;

3. work productively as part of a group, demonstrating the ability to contribute to group projects and take independent initiative;

4. engage closely at an advanced level with how creative industries function practically and within wider cultural and artistic contexts;

5. consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with detailed reference to academic and professional issues, debates and conventions;

6. evaluate, draw upon and effectively deploy a range of sources and conceptual frameworks that illuminate and develop an understanding of professional work related to film and/or television.

Teaching Information

Weekly seminar and 5 x group or individual supervisions, supported by self-directed tasks where appropriate.

Assessment Information

Mentor's report for 75-100 hour industrial placement, assessed by academic supervisor (50%) ILO 1-4 (this practice is well established in the Departments of Film and Theatre)

3000 word reflexive account, extending the student's exploration of an aspect of industry practice experienced on the placement (50%) ILO 2, 4-6

The mentor's report form will be clearly structured to address the appropriate ILOs, and will include clear and specific assessment criteria. The academic supervisor will assess the mentor's report, and determine the grade.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
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