Arts Administration and Professional Development

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
11 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Theatre

Module description

In this compulsory BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre final year module, students will undertake a placement for a minimum of one day per week over fifteen weeks with a local or regional arts organisation of other user/provider of applied theatre.

The work may be 'blocked' into a total of three weeks' work or a combination of days and weeks by negotiation with the tutor and placement provider. Potential work placement providers include arts organisations, schools hospitals and social care or youth work settings.

After an initial induction students will be expected to:

1. take some responsibility for an aspect of the organisation's work
2. forge effective working relationships
3. understand the organisations business practices
4. develop appropriate practical and administrative skills in relation to the placement

Students will be supported in their placements by the module tutor and a designated work placement supervisor within the organisation. Students undertake 15 days work placement during the summer vacation between second and final years or other non-teaching periods as negotiated with the course leader.

Students will critically examine the working practices of the organisations and companies with which they have work placements. They will further explore issues in current arts management, funding and arts development. Further information is contained within the Community Theatre Work Placement Handbook.

Students will extend their arts administration knowledge in funding sources, developing a pitch and completing an application. Production Management is advanced to consider planning, prioritising of areas and time lines.

The work of this professional preparation module includes lectures with key industry bodies and personal management sessions.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To provide students with an opportunity to complete a professional work placement
2. To encourage students to audit their own workplace skills and identify personal development and training needs
3. To experience the process of funding community theatre
4. To further develop production skills to a professional level
5. To prepare for a professional career in community theatre

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
Apply arts administration skills to employment
Critically reflect on their own learning in the workplace
Write a funding application
Create a budget for a community theatre event
Develop a comprehensive production plan
Ensure compliance with safety and regulatory requirements
Devise mechanisms for audience feedback

Module information

Term One
Arts funding: public funding, corporate sponsorship, charitable sources
Funding from community sectors: health, social services, regeneration, education, heritage
Share knowledge from placements
Funding application process
Budget terminology and structure
Draft a pre-application in small groups
Defend the pre-application
Draft full application for funding from a chosen source
Reflect on the process

Term Two
Review elements of production management
Venue / site - licenses, contract, limitations. stakeholders, indirect costs
Timeline for instigation. development and completion of elements
Costume, set and sound design planning
Technical plan
Crew requirements, advisors and specialists
Marketing, ticketing and community liaison
Communication and transport

Term Three
Actors Equity and Spotlight
Creating a limited liability company
Establishing a new community theatre company
Roles within large established companies
Career pathways

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, independent, group study and work placement


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Funding Application and Production Plan    40% 
Practical   Student Placement Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Placement Performance    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton and Community Theatre Tutors
For further information please contact amast@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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