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Collaborative Project - TFT00073M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Marta Herrero
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module provides students with the opportunity to engage in a real-world innovative project, providing a stepping stone to the independent study module and developing a career in the creative and cultural industries. Leadership, management and collaborative skills will be key as you work in small teams to design, plan and execute an innovative public-facing creative or cultural output. This could be, for example, a film, a TV programme, a piece of theatre, an exhibition, a literary output or a cultural or creative event. The project may be of your own devising, or following a ‘live brief’ offered a creative and cultural organisation, and will be designed to have real impact, for example, in generating audiences or funding, or extending awareness of an event and its creative or cultural value.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • To provide a formal cross-disciplinary structure for you to develop methods and techniques from previous study and apply them to a small-scale real world creative project;

  • To finetune business skills (such as production planning, marketing, finance and law) through application to an innovative real-world project;

  • To enhance skills in effective leadership, management and team-working in dynamic and creative production processes within a professional context, including decision-making, communication and problem-solving;

  • To develop the skills of reflection and critical evaluation of the design, planning and execution of a project;

  • To provide a mechanism whereby you can engage in deep learning in one (or more) specialist disciplines in the areas of creative and cultural industries.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key processes associated with the design and delivery of a real-world project, including research, scoping, finance, marketing, development, production and execution.

  • Design, plan and execute an innovative real-world project, employing highly effective business skills (such as production planning, marketing, finance and law).

  • Demonstrate effective leadership, management and team-working skills within a project, by upholding professional values and exemplifying clarity of communication and decision-making; well-developed collaborative skills, refined trouble-shooting and problem-solving abilities.

  • Critically evaluate the leadership, management and team-working in the design, planning and execution of the project, drawing lessons for future projects. .


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Project Diary
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group Presentation
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Essay
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Presentation script or video
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will received interim feedback during supervisory meetings, and then in response to both their presentations and individual diaries

Indicative reading

Chris Bilton, Management and Creativity (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2006)

Constance Devereaux, The Arts Management Handbook (London: Routledge, 2011)

Keith Sawyer, Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration (London: Basic Books, 2008)

David Stephenson, Managing Organisational Success in the Arts (London: Routledge, 2018)

Barbara Townley Managing Creativity: Exploring the Paradox (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

John Thornton Caldwell: Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.