Arts Administration and Professional Development

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

In this 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 or 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, 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 organisation's 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 will undertake 15 days of work placement during the non-teaching periods in and between second and final year. For further information please see: Community Theatre Work Placement Handbook.

By arrangement with the Head of Course, as an alternative to work placement, students may complete a written paper comprising an in-depth report of the arts administration practice of an arts organisation, and will be required to submit a written piece of work of 3,000 words with relevant appendix.

Students will critically examine the working practices of the organisations and companies. They will further explore issues in current arts management, funding and arts development.

Students will extend their arts administration knowledge in funding sources, developing a pitch, and completing a funding application.

The work of this professional preparation module includes preparation for professional life, 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:
1. Apply arts administration skills to employment
2. Critically reflect on their own learning
3. Write a funding application
4. Create a budget for a community theatre event
5. Ensure compliance with safety and regulatory requirements
6. Devise mechanisms for audience feedback

Module information

No additional information available.

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Funding Application and Production Plan    40% 
Coursework   Placement Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Placement Performance    20% 

Additional coursework information

A final mark will be allocated using the following weightings dependent upon whether the student completes a placement of a written submission is permitted:- Placement Student Placement Portfolio – due TWO WEEKS from the last day attending placement (40%) Placement Performance (20%) Funding application and Production Plan (40%) Agreed alternative assessment through written submission Submission of written study of up to 3000 words (60%) Funding application and Production Plan (40%)

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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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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