University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Creative Professional Practice

This is a flexible, work-based course for people working in the creative industries (including those who are self-employed); it is a modular course, consisting of elements which learners can combine to create a personalised learning programme.

Entry requirements

An honours degree or equivalent. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may also be acceptable. Applicants are usually working at a professional level. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

MA

This course is unusual in that it allows you to set your own objectives, course content and timetable. We set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management.

Here are the units you will study:

Accredited Prior Learning (APL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. To claim credit for experiential learning you have to submit a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates this. The maximum APL credit you can receive is 120 credits (the complete Master's course is 180 credits).
Learning Management: This is a credit-rated unit. It forms the framework for your Master's programme and includes a short introduction to Master's-level study (in Portsmouth or online), submission of your learning contract (outlining your detailed study programme) and several progress reports.
Work-Based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself, and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours.
Taught Units: These are units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions, which can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. They are delivered as part of the University's normal teaching provision.

MSc

This course is unusual in that it allows you to set your own objectives, course content and timetable. We set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management. Here are the units you will study: Accredited Prior Learning (APL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. To claim credit for experiential learning you have to submit a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates this. The maximum APL credit you can receive is 120 credits (the complete Master's course is 180 credits). Learning Management: This is a credit-rated unit. It forms the framework for your Master's programme and includes a short introduction to Master's-level study (in Portsmouth or online), submission of your learning contract (outlining your detailed study programme) and several progress reports. Work-Based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself, and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Taught Units: These are units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions, which can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. They are delivered as part of the University's normal teaching provision.

Assessment methods

MA

Teaching and Assessment:

It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University. Much of your learning will come from projects that form part of daily work, which minimises the time spent attending the University and ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. However, there will be some types of training programmes, but you will receive full support as and when you need it.

How are you assessed?

The bulk of your assessment will be through work-based projects. However, other forms of assessment may include essays, reports, reviews as well as other assessment artefacts.

MSc

Teaching and Assessment: It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University. Much of your learning will come from projects that form part of daily work, which minimises the time spent attending the University and ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. However, there will be some types of training programmes, but you will receive full support as and when you need it. How are you assessed? The bulk of your assessment will be through work-based projects. However, other forms of assessment may include essays, reports, reviews as well as other assessment artefacts.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time January 2017 - 1 years
MSc Variable September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Variable January 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2421