ALW200 - Freelancing in the Arts

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Karen Le Rossignol
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:

ACC301, ACC200

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week equivalent


This unit uses a work-integrated learning approach to develop strategic skills for the writing and allied creative arts sectors. The strategic skills are:

  • pitching self and own arts practice for specified creative industry sector;
  • researching, conceptualising and planning projects/applications relevant to given clients and own arts discipline.

The emphasis is on the combination of presenting a coherent approach to students’ own creative practice, and demonstrating key industry skills related to real-world projects selected from examples such as small grant, residency or fellowship applications, or creative project/installation proposals.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Research the creative arts industries sector in relation to contemporary cultural and social issues nationally and globally

GLO8: Global citizenship


Conceive, plan and develop creative arts group projects targeted to opportunities for production and/or presentation

GLO5: Problem solving


Explain key aspects of different art cultures and issues, and explain the different roles of artists, arts administrators and different audiences in planning and creating arts and cultural events

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate advocacy, promotion, interpretation and critical discussion skills relevant to the creative arts industry sector and individual arts practice

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate professional presentation and organisational skills related to freelancing in the creative arts sector

GLO2: Communication


Identify practices that are informed by the cultural, legal, ethical and economic contexts of creative arts practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Presentation pitch with documentation  1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual or Group) - Presentation on industry case studies (oral and written) 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Creative project proposal/application from client briefing 1600 words  40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ALW200
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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