Module Title:Entrepreneurship for Artists
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Blended and E-Learning /Lectures /Class discussion/ screenings, quizzes and class based learning research activities. Blended learning strategies will entail the use of electronic platforms such as Blackboard to provide on- line learning materials and interactive question and answer sessions. Lectures will outline key issues, using audio visual and interactive methods as appropriate. Class discussions/will encourage students to further develop their communication skills. Learning journals will allow students to reflect and develop self realization of goals.
Module Aim: This modules aims to align learners’ personal creative goals with their career goals. The module helps learners identify the variety of business models associated with various contemporary creative practices including socially engaged and community projects. Learners will have the opportunity to understand and compare the variety of professional contexts which they may want to work in. The module will look at case studies of contemporary artists and organizations, both locally and internationally and develop learner knowledge in how they function as businesses. The module aims to expand learner knowledge and awareness of how to apply their creative skills to create income and cultural/social value for themselves and others in an ethical and sustainable way including an understanding of the circular economy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define and describe different types of career and business models used by contemporary artists.
LO2 Develop reflection and analytic skills through writing a learning journal based on developing a career plan.
LO3 Design and develop a self-directed creative professional plan which evaluates and prioritizes the different business models relevant to their own professional goals.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
What type of artist could you be?
Using local and international case studies learners will be asked to critically engage and reflect on a variety of different pathways such as: gallery artist/collaborative practices/atelier/ production company/ freelance/ experience economy/ creative cooperatives, community arts, not for profit / arts festivals/
Resilience and Adaptability:
Is it possible to create a living wage by applying your creativity in different contexts? Looking at Case Studies
Being strategic:
How to plan ahead without losing your creative space
Micro start ups
Looking at creative case studies
Setting up a company-
Do you need to? What is involved, first steps
Funding Streams:
Local, national, international. How to apply for Artists’ Tax Exemption
Arts & Cultural Marketing
What do arts organizations and artists have to consider? Maintaining a public profile with social media.
Project management
What is involved? Case Studies
Collaborative groups
Organizational issues when working in groups
How to protect your work:
Copy right / Licensing/ Creative Commons/Artists Resale Rights
Sustainable Practices: Art and Rural/Urban Development
Art and Rural/Urban Development- exploring strategies that develop your creative career linking to other developments in your working environment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Weekly Quiz 1 10.00 n/a
Reflective Journal Learner is asked to record their learning journal weekly for the duration of the module. The journal can be an opportunity to imagine and reflect on a future professional creative life will help clarify the direction their Creative Project Plan will take. 2 40.00 n/a
Project Career Plan.This assignment is self-directed. It will include learner’s career goals. It will include research of creative professionals related to these career goals. This assignment will identify the professional skills needed to realize your plan. In the plan identify who can advise or help further these goals. Conclude with a realistic timeline required to achieve these goals. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 5 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 5 Mandatory