PERF08053 2019 Professional Practice in Performing Arts

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice in Performing Arts
Transcript Title
Professional Practice in Perfo
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

This module develops the learners awareness of the development and practice of the professional world they will be part of. Learners will have the knowledge and skills to enter the cultural/arts sectors with assurance, awareness and integrity.

Students will consider the following subject matter: their region/city/country as a cultural resource; effective use of funding resources, arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, museums and so on. Students will become aware of various professional bodies in Ireland and outside of Ireland; they will become acquainted with the differences in cultural/business approaches to working in the UK, the US, and parts of Europe where our Institute has direct partnerships or connections. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Students will write a general CV, and a CV focussed on their specific area of training


Students will complete a funding application to the Arts Council of Ireland, including a business for their proposed project


Students will make a pitch for funding to their local county council on an imagined project


Students will write a director's pitch to an American theatre company of their choice


Students will apply to Ireland and the UK for funding for a cross-border project


Students will join a professional body of their choice in their related field


Students will do a mock audition (actors) / present a portfolio (designers) to their peers


Students demonstrate health and safety issues, and legal issues that might be considered in their imagined projects

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught through seminars, smaller group‑teaching, student's presentation of research and shared learning

Module Assessment Strategies

Workshops  - arts event/mock auditions/portfolio presentations (planning, budgets, organisation, workshop booklets, logbooks) 50%

CVs/directors pitch/funding application 25%

Course Contribution (attendance, contribution to in-class discussion, research shown) 25%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat project

Indicative Syllabus

Learners will utilise their peers within the space to plan and carry out mock auditions for actors/ or mock portfolio presentations in theatre design, using their knowledge of the performing arts industry in Ireland as the basis of their work

Learners will present work from week-to-week demonstrating their familiarity with the Arts Council of Ireland and the different funding opportunities for the different categories of arts practice

Through peer learning, students will analyse different CVs for actors, and theatre designers, reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses

Students will plan an imagined theatre production/performing arts event through to full realisation, with an accompanying production plan and budget.

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the business side of the arts in Ireland - by making a business plan for long-term work in an arts centre




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % OnGoing 2,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 8 1,3,6
3 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % End of Semester 2,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013 The Excellent Audition Guide Theatre Communications Group
ISBN 1848422970 ISBN-13 9781848422971

A reassuring, encouraging "how to" book that demystifies the often scary-looking process of applying to drama school.

Required Reading
2014-04-01 Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Acting, But Were Afraid to Ask, Dear Nick Hern Books
ISBN 1848423470 ISBN-13 9781848423473

A useful book for theater practitioners and fans of celebrity gossip alike, penned by an anonymous impresario. Have you ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes of a major West End production? West End Producer reveals all (except his true identity!) in this book that blows the lid off the theatre business.

Required Reading
2012 Show Case Taylor & Francis
ISBN 9780240819266 ISBN-13 0240819268

Originally published in 2006 under title: Developing and maintaining a design-tech portfolio.

Required Reading
2012-08-15 Starting Your Career as a Theatrical Designer Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN 9781581159080 ISBN-13 1581159080

Broadway's greatest theatrical designers take you behind the scenes to show you how to start and advance a career in this exciting field.

Required Reading
2015-09-30 The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan FT Press
ISBN 1292085142 ISBN-13 9781292085142

In one engaging, outcome-oriented book, The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan gives you: The essential knowledge you need to write a winning business plan quickly and without fuss Guidance on how to focus throughout on the plans purpose to win backing Samples of what a good plan looks like, so you can benchmark your own as you write it Checklists, tips, examples and milestones to ensure youre on target Prompts to reflect on, evaluate and learn from your experience With advice thats instantly applicable, whether your business is a start-up or a more established company looking to grow, this is the one guide you need to create a credible and persuasive plan.

Module Resources