Professional Development

Subject MULT30006 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

20 hours per semester

Prerequisites: None


Recommended Background Knowledge:

None required

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Faculty of the VCA and MCM Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Ths subject will provide an integrated and generic introduction to the key issues and skills necessary to enhance the student's artistic career. The aim is to develop a base upon which all students can build their own specialist skills. This subject will complement the existing specialist subjects on professional development provided in each School. The presentation of the subject will be in the form of lectures by invited experts in the fields of intellectual property, copyright, ethics, small business development, financial management, taxation, marketing and publicity, and occupational health and safety. Extracurricular workshops will be offered in negotiation, time management, grant writing and presentation skills.

On completion of the Professional Development subject students should be able to:

  • exhibit sophisticated professional communication skills;
  • undertake preparation of a curriculum vitae;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues;
  • identify career management strategies;
  • identify problem solving and conflict resolution skills;
  • exhibit experience of team processes; and,
  • demonstrate knowledge of issues relating to personal safety, teaching aids, access to information,and financial and legal advice.

Learning Outcomes:

• To offer each student the opportunity to enhance his or her critical, analytical, research, literacy and presentation skills.
• To offer each student the opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaborative encounters and practice.


Students select from a menu of discipline related written assessment projects (100%). Hurdle requirement - 80% attendance.

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Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century;
  • work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual artistic environments;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Art
Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)
Bachelor of Production

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