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Unit information: Dissertation: Industrial Placement & Written Element in 2015/16

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Unit name Dissertation: Industrial Placement & Written Element
Unit code DRAMM3019
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Maingard
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

All MA students are expected to take one of four optional dissertation units. The optional unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for MA students to pursue independently an agreed topic of interest within the areas of performance or screen, arising from a placement within an appropriate organization. The student will conduct appropriate tasks under the guidance of a nominated mentor from the host organization and under the supervision of an academic teacher from the Department. It would normally be expected that this project would arise from work already undertaken on individual programmes, creating an opportunity to explore a specialist area in more detail. The title, scale and form of each piece of work will be negotiated through supervision. In every case the work will be expected to meet the requirements of summative masters level work.


1. To provide the opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and experience of the discipline through independent work in an appropriate host organization.

2. To enable students to develop and apply appropriate knowledges and skills within a professional setting.

3. To explore a range of possible methodological approaches

4. To gain in-depth knowledge of a specialist area

5. To present the findings in a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. To be able to distinguish between a range of different research methods

2. To become familiar with existing work on a particular subject and to understand processes in the selected areas of practice

3. To design a project that is realistic in scope

4. To be able to work constructively and creatively in an industrial setting

5. To be able to work within the disciplines of production and project processes, working to deadlines and within production budgets of the host organization

6. To develop advanced skills required to realise the projects undertaken to appropriate standards commensurate with their informing contexts

7. To work independently and reach individual/personal judgements within an industrial context

8. To be able to reflect on individual work within an industrial context and with reference to an appropriate range of critical ideas

9. To be able to communicate that knowledge with clarity appropriate to the determined mode of assessment through reflective and justified application of conceptual, formal and stylistic approaches within the selected field.

Teaching Information

The placement is supervised by mentor and by academic supervisor. Placements should represent no fewer than 150 hours. The written element is supervised by an academic supervisor.

Assessment Information

1) Placement assessed by mentor at organisation

2) Written Element: 7,500 words (max)

Reading and References

As appropriate to individual dissertation, under the guidance of supervisor.