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COM341 Industrial Issues in the Arts (8)


Contemporary industrial issues in the arts are researched and analysed through a series of action learning seminars devoted to topics such as contracts for writing, directing and acting for stage, radio, television, film and associated media industries, the operation of commissions, the influence of current political and policy issues, and the ways in which changing circumstances impact on the practice of arts/media industries in Australia. Occupational health and safety, insurance, and the policies and functions of relevant funding bodies and industrial organizations are examined. Alternative organisational structures and survival strategies for arts/media workers will be researched and reported on. Each student will prepare a digital e-portfolio, with a view to gaining entry-level employment in their chosen field.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

COM212 or COM229

Enrolment restrictions

BA (Communication - Theatre/Media)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to understand contemporary industrial and ethical issues in the arts through interview and research.

- be able to explain and apply the structures and functions of diverse arts industries, and services of arts unions and related professional associations as they relate to the current work

- be able to prepare a digital e-portfolio and resume.

- be able to demonstrate a critical research stance in relation to the job market; this will be demonstrated by successfully negotiating and engaging supervised professional internship placement(s) within relevant entertainment, communication and information industries.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Contemporary industrial and ethical issues in the arts such as contracts for writing, directing and acting for stage, radio, television and film. - Interviews with practicing professionals in the field. - The operation of commissions, political issues in the media, entertainment and arts in Australia, and the policies and functions of funding and industrial organisations such as The Australian Council, Arts NSW, The Premier's Department, The Australian Writer's Guild, The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, The Arts Law Centre, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Film Finance Corporation, NSW Film and Television Office. - Occupational health & safety, insurance and superannuation. - Alternative business structures, budgeting, networking and survival strategies are explored, and a personal portfolio produced, as preparation for entering the employment market. - A supervised period of 160 hours of appropriate ECI industry internship placement(s).


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.