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ARTD3068 Professional Engagement

Module Overview

Looking to the future. This module will help you demonstrate the skills you will need as a professional artist beyond the studio, engaging you with key concepts and skills around employability. The first semester of the final year is a critical juncture for thinking and planning your career prior to undertaking your final project on the programme. This module will enhance your ability to position yourself for practice and employment on completion of the programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • issues relating to employment and professional practice in Fine Art;
  • the process of making applications for work and project support.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse your current practice for direction and professional context;
  • select appropriate methods for presenting your professional practice;
  • recognise the professional opportunities relevant to your practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • manage information about yourself and your work with professional relevance;
  • produce written materials with direct application in the development of your career.


This module will support you in understanding and processing employability within your subject specific contexts. It will allow you to focus upon strategies of employment and define a method of engaging within a professional context Indicative content for this module covers: • Artists’ Statements • Career Strategy • Commercial Opportunity • Public Art • Funding and Applications • Project-Pitching • Ethics and Audience • Social Media and Engagement

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials. Learning activities include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials; • Independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback; • independent research; • online reference material and tutorial notes; • peer-group learning.

Completion of assessment task80
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Adamson, G. (2007). What Makes a Great Exhibition?. 

Martinon, J.-P. (ed) (2013). The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating. 

Study Skills.

Barker, E. (1999). Contemporary Cultures of Display. 

Obrist, H. (2014). Ways of Curating. 

Smith, T. (2012). Thinking Contemporary Curation. 

Cottrell, S (2015). Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability. 

O’Neill, P. (2012). The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s). 


Obrist, H. (2008). A Brief History of Curating. 

Thea, C. (2009). On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators. 

Steedman, M. (ed) (2012). Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics. 

(2009/10). Collective Curating. Manifesta Journal. ,8 .

Blackboard (E:learning).

Academic Skills ( including AI).





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (3000 words) 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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