Independent Research Project: Professional Work Experience (Q3265)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You will have the opportunity to complete a professional placement, that is, the chance to work independently with a local company or organisation in the field in the capacity of an internship. It is offered to students in the Single Honours programme only, who wish to take up the opportunity to develop skills and deepen their knowledge in an area of professional work within the creative and cultural industries. The primary aim of the placement is to introduce you to a professional working environment related to theatre and performance. In this context you can explore a possible future career while developing skills and gaining knowledge and experience alongside professional practitioners and arts administrators. It is recommended that if you take this option you consider an area of work that they might be interested in pursuing beyond your degree. It is helpful if this work progresses or builds upon your interests.

Placements in professional organisations include the following possibilities subject to availability each year (all have been approached and are in Brighton unless otherwise indicated): Nightingale Theatre, The Basement, Lighthouse, Brighton International Festival, Brighton Dome, Brighton Fringe, Theatre Royal, Blast Theory, DreamThinkSpeak, Live Art Development Agency (London), First Base Day Centre (homeless day centre, applied theatre) and Artsadmin (London). A number of specific theatre companies located in other cities in the UK may be able to offer placements and these can be discussed on an individual basis.


43%: Practical (Workshop)
57%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 290 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: