module specification

SM6066 - Producing (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Producing
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Presentation 50%   Draw on module content and research to prepare a preliminary group seminar presentation for a proposed new project (15 m
Coursework 50%   Develop a project portfolio with on-line presence for a proposed activity or new venture in the performing arts sector.
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module aims to contextualise the content of the two Theatre Arts undergraduate degree programmes towards professional application by introducing the fundamentals of business practice as applied to the leading of performance-based projects. Classes will introduce you to planning strategies, financial management and fundraising, and business models towards the creation of a project plan. The module addresses the social entrepreneurship movement, embraces technology in business practices, and emphasises collaborative learning.

The module provides an introduction to the business aspects of successfully leading a theatre project or company and aims to acquaint you with the skills and understandings needed, and to explore and engage with a range of business models within the contemporary cultural industries environment. You will be given opportunities to apply methods and techniques in practical settings, by initiating and carrying out projects.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisite: SM5019 or SM5023, SM5073 or SM5074

Available for Study Abroad? NO


You will be led through taught and research-based activities towards the creation of a project plan that will be presented for final assessment.

The assessment portfolio is intended as a useful working template for future business practice and will draw on new skills and understandings taught during the module. (LO1,LO3,LO4)

These will be contextualised towards student-led plans for a new activity or venture in the theatre arts and will address the following areas: summary of your organisation, activity or new venture in theatre; consideration of selected business model; illustration of how web presence and social media could be utilised; funding and income generation strategy outline; project budget for your venture or activity; consideration of potential avenues for the distribution of your work. (LO1,LO2,LO4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching provides the guidance and foundation to ensure that independent study is effective in addressing the module’s learning outcomes and assessment tasks.

In-class activity makes use of varied student-centred approaches such as active, flipped and blended learning, so that a range of learning strategies is deployed, and individual learning styles are accommodated. Information is provided through a range of means and sources to minimise and remove barriers to successful progress through the module. The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

Activities foster peer-to-peer community building and support for learning. Reflective learning is promoted through interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, receive help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including written reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-based learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal and career development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the basics involved in setting up and running an arts enterprise.

Subject Specific Skills

LO2: Employ a range of different approaches in building a business project plan.

Transferable Skills

LO3: Use a range of methods in the planning and presentation of a project plan.

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

LO4: Demonstrate ability in harnessing on-line facilities and digital media in the management and communication of business for the arts, in a manner that is suitable to the specific project or company identity that the work serves.