Course Brief

This unit is designed to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and creative engagement through a project that brings together different skills from across the creative industries. Based on a Pearson-set theme, students will develop (in negotiation with tutors) their own direction for the project.

The unit focuses upon the students’ engagement with the wider community and provides a platform to explore collaborative practice through industry, competitions, cultural organisations, community-based groups, non-governmental organisations and charities. Students may work in small groups, with external partners, or collaborate as an entire cohort in order to produce a collaborative outcome, while recognising their own contribution.

The ability to define, plan and undertake a project is a critical set of skills throughout the various roles within the creative industries. Identifying appropriate information and analysing this, to formulate clear solutions, is required to underpin many of the processes that inform applied practice.


  • This course is offered in 120 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate own and group skills, in support of a collaborative team.
  2. Plan and manage a collaborative project, based on a Pearson-set theme.
  3. Present collaborative project outcomes, highlighting own contributions.
  4. Critically evaluate own work, and the work of others in a collaborative project.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 30

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