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MA/MSc Creative Professional Practice

Course Description

Why take this course?

If you are a creative professional who would like to study for a university degree without leaving your job, this is the perfect course.

Work at your own pace, build on your prior knowledge and learn what you need, as you need it.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time
Tie work and study together by completing course assessment via work-based learning projects
Set your own objectives, course content and timetable within the framework of the course

What opportunities might it lead to?

The content of this course can be specifically moulded to meet your professional development requirements. You choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the goals that satisfy both you and your employer. Ultimately, this will hopefully lead to greater opportunities in your workplace and eventual career enhancement.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Creative arts
Creative writing
Video, film and TV broadcasting

Module Details

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.

Programme 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.

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.

Student Destinations

Working full-time and studying is a great achievement, and a feat that will undoubtedly impress your employer. Tailoring your study to be specifically relevant to their business will show that you plan to perform to the greatest of your ability and aim to progress within your employer’s company. Possible outcomes of the course may include a long-awaited change in departments, promotion to a managerial role, a salary increase or a combination of these.

Visit the MA/MSc Creative Professional Practice page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

Student Profiles

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.

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