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ARTD6113 Professional and Academic Skills 1

Module Overview

This module is one of the compulsory modules taken by all students in the creative management programmes at WSA. While the learning outcomes are the same across programmes, the content will be delivered with reference to your subject specialism and your output from this module will reflect your discipline. The module is informed by developments and the future outlook of UK policies on the creative industries, directing the emphasis on a commitment to creativity. This also involves developing a range of professional knowledge and skills, together with the self- awareness and personal development appropriate to a range of management careers.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to use a range of academic approaches and techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in your subject;
  • professional skills relevant to employment in the creative economy.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on your performance, critically reviewing your own strengths and weaknesses;
  • apply critical judgement in selecting and analysing academic sources.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with peers and wider audiences in a variety of media.


Academic Study Skills • critical analysis of literature • Academic integrity • Using primary and secondary sources • selecting library resources Professional Skills • Industry-specific self-presentation & employability skills • Time management and project planning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • academic study skills sessions • tutor-led seminars • tutorials • case study analysis • visiting lecturers Learning activities include • independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback • group projects and formative collaborative tasks • problem-solving activities • study visits • independent research • using online reference material and tutorial notes • peer-group learning • class discussions

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Gray, C, & Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing Research: A Guide To The Research Process In Art And Design. 

Cottrell, S. (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Jackson P. R. (2015). Management & Business Research. 

Bilton, C. and Cummings, S. (2015). Handbook of Management and Creativity. 


Cottrell, S. (2015). Skills For Success: Personal Development And Employability. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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 reading 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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