BMA0D391 – Freelance Project

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Module code
BMA0D391
Module title
Freelance Project
Prescription
This course allows students to engage in an individual or group project with a professional entity outside the learning institution. The course provides valuable experience which extends students prior knowledge into a professional context. The projects undertaken will primarily engage the students' research and expertise to provide fresh ideas and techniques that will be applied to work with an employer or community partner.
Programmes
  • BM9601
  • CO0005
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
56
Self directed hours
94
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
2.1Understand an integrated, reflective process for responding to a research brief
- discuss, identify and evaluate the issues within the project brief
- research, analyse and incorporate negotiated criteria for contracts in collaboration with an industry partner
- integrate acquired practical, communication and analytical skills in the process of responding to the brief
- individualise a self-critical working process for developing and refining ideas
- show evidence of drawing together and applying skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent courses to selected projects
- adopt independent and interdependent processes

2.2Acquire knowledge and experience of a particular field in a particular professional environment.
- observe the various social and cultural practices of a chosen work environment
- develop familiarity with a particular network of professional people

2.3Develop skills associated with professional practice
- develop and employ research skills relevant to a specific professional context
- provide responses to a research question within the practical and logistical constraints of the client's professional context
- extend communication, time-management and client liaison skills associated with a particular professional environment

2.4Understand the process of communication within a professional design context
- examine different communication models for researching and presenting work
- research, identify and define a project brief through collaboration with a community or employer partner
- test and refine presentation skills through meetings with the client
- define and undertake the debriefing and evaluation of a professional project

2.5Understand the values, methodologies and strategies which inform current professional practice in a selected domain
- compare, analyse and evaluate selected texts identifying issues relevant to a specific contemporary practice
- analyse a selection of current works and identify the specific methods used in their production
- compare significant changes in methods of practice and strategies for production relevant to a specific contemporary practice
- develop and implement a strategy for the production of work which explicitly applies the analysis of values from a domain
- evaluate self practice using normative criteria derived from a current domain
- plan and implement a conventional presentation of own works
- develop critical synergies between representative texts, examples of work and self practice

2.6Understand the value of self-evaluation within the context of professional practice
- demonstrate the ability to extend a brief with negotiated criteria
- consider and reflect upon the relationship between an adopted process and the final product
- participate in self/peer critiques and client reviews for on-going formative assessment
- critically consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for regular graded assessment
- actively participate in and facilitate group and class critiques
Content
3CONTENT AND PROCESS
3.1Communication skills
Interpersonal communication and presentation models - performance styles, form and media for presentations (eg slides, computer, boards etc)
Client liaison - developing brief, presentation of work in progress, final presentation and debriefing
Liaison with subcontractors and vendors (eg photo labs, printers, IT service providers etc.)

3.2Professional skills
Practical research models - on site, client-designer discussions, negotiation of roles and responsibilities
Working independently and in groupsTime management skills - management of extended projects
Budgeting

3.5Studio Work
Preparation of client work and client presentations
Verbal and written presentations

Teaching and Learning Strategy
4LEARNING PROCESS
Lecturer approves project brief from industry partner.
Students negotiate criteria with client and lecturer.
Lecturer monitors students' progress through the time management of projects.
Students identify problems with their process and adopt strategies to address those problems.
Lecturer and client describe issues, students identify specific questions in relation to those issues.
Students participate in formal assessed presentations of their work.
Students contribute to the delivery of course content.
Students negotiate and define criteria and procedures for graded assessment.
Graded assessment performed by self, peers and tutor.
Assessment Criteria
To pass this course, students must complete all assignments and accumulate
an overall course mark of no less than 50

Students will negotiate learning contracts with clients and tutorial staff. The contract will define the performance criteria and nature of assessment that will be used to evaluate the practical and written work.

Submission of all work: research, briefs, journal, report and practical process and product.

Criterion referenced assessment employing self, peer, client and tutor assessment methods.