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DRAM8025 - Professional Portfolio

Title:Professional Portfolio
Long Title:Professional Portfolio
Module Code:DRAM8025
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: Irene OMara
Module Description: This module aims to prepare the learner for a professional career in the performance industry. As well as audition preparation, students will learn to self-promote through a personal portfolio including CV, showreel, social media and interaction with agencies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 present and promote him/herself through a professional CV and portfolio, show reel/demo reel or cd demo etc. (as appropriate to his/her selected career pathway)
LO2 display competence and ease with interview and audition techniques
LO3 demonstrate knowledge of the role of the professional casting director, agent and other theatre professionals
LO4 appreciate the importance of union membership and the necessity for personal financial management
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Professionals and Organizations within the Industry
Familiarity with the functions and roles of various professionals and organisations within the industry
Self Promotion through Interview
Developing interview techniques and oral presentation skills
CV and Portfolio/Demo Preparation
Creating and developing a professional portfolio, show reel/demo reel etc.
Union Membership
The role played by Equity - the Performance Industry's Union, and the need for union membership
Financial and Tax Management
Students will learn about finance and tax management, as they relate to the arts professional
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Development and presentation of a professional CV and Portfolio/Show reel, Demo reel etc. 1,2 60.0 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students' ability to market and promote themselves will be evaluated through a series of mock interviews/auditions 1,2,3 30.0 Every Second Week
Short Answer Questions Students will demonstrate their understanding of course content 3,4 10.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Portfolio/Show Reel/Cd Demo Development & Marketing 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Personal Presentation Skills & InterviewTechniques 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Lecture Career & Professional Opportunities in the Arts 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Self-Employed Tax & Bookkeeping 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Portfolio/Demo reel/show reel development & Skill Development 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Cairns, A 1996, The Making of the Professional Actor, Peter Owen Ltd [ISBN: 978-0720610024]
  • Gillespie, B. 2008, Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, 3rd ed. Ed., Cricket Feet Publishing [ISBN: 978-0-9723019-9-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Richard Evans 2014, Auditions: The Complete Guide, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 1138015164]
  • William Baker & Warren Gibson 2016, The World's Your Stage: How Performing Artists can Make a Living While Still Doing What they Love, Amacom [ISBN: 0814436153]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 8 Mandatory
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 8 Mandatory

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