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PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Explore and enhance your technical skills and abilities, integrating industry standard technologies and knowledge.
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Fees
PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Domestic Fees

£2250

SAE staff and alumni discount
SAE alumni and staff receive a 25% discount on fees.

PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
International Fees

£2250

SAE staff and alumni discount
SAE alumni and staff receive a 25% discount on fees.

Duration(s)
4 months full-time, 8 months part-time
PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Course Durations
4 months full-time, 8 months part-time
Start Date(s)
January 2022
PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Start Dates
Online
  • January 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Entry Requirements
PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Domestic Entry Requirements
Masters entry requirements
You will have either:
a Bachelor degree with Honours (2:1 or higher) in a relevant field, and strong evidence of creative media work experience undertaken.
at least five years of professional creative industry experience.
If English is not your first language, please refer to the International Entry Requirements below.
PGCertHE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirements
English language requirements A candidate whose first language is not English must present evidence of having passed an English language test. The minimum acceptable level is:
Academic IELTS (minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0)
Pearson Test of English (minimum 51 in all subscores)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (minimum grade C)
Cambridge English: Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (B2 First) – minimum grade C
TOEFL (IBT or IBT Home Edition online) 72 overall with the following component scores:
  • Listening – 17
  • Writing – 17
  • Speaking – 20
  • Reading – 18
LanguageCert ESOL examinations:
  • International ESOL C1 Expert – pass in all four components
  • International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) – minimum 33 in all components
  • ESOL Integrated Skills in English II – pass in all components
• IELTS Indicator* (online) – minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0
*Accepted on exceptional basis for the applicants whose local test centres are affected by closures due to Covid-19
The PGCertHE in Professional Development programme offers early or mid-career creative media professionals the opportunity to either critically reflect on and evaluate their existing high-level knowledge and skills or augment their current skills in a self-directed, project- or work-based programme.

THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER BEGINS NOW

You will pursue a self-directed, project- or work-based programme, choosing to either reflect on an assembled portfolio of existing professional work or negotiating an appropriate project (or projects) through which to develop their practice. By successfully completing the programme, students will have a self-critical awareness of their professional capabilities and strategies for continuing personal and professional development.
Work-based projects Enables you to combine work and study by completing assessment through work-based projects.
Tailored for you Allows you to tailor your learning and course content to match your interests and career aspirations.
Expert leaders Provides cutting edge scholarship enriched by the support and guidance of an expert mentor.
Online learning Is completed through online distance learning, giving you flexibility around your professional and personal life

What you'll learn

Critical Understanding of Theory Project Research Theoretical and Practical Elements in Creative Media Deeper understanding of your Practice Analytical and Communication Skills

Course Structure

PGCertHE Module Options
The PGCertHE in Professional Development allows you to choose one of the below two options, based on what you want to achieve from the course.
‘Review of Learning’ offers one pathway through the Professional Development programme, by which students with considerable professional experience in their field can engage in a systematic and critical reflection on their work to date.

Arguments and evidence for claims are normally presented in a CV, portfolio and critically reflective report. Through this process, students will also develop a sophisticated and deeply personal understanding of their individual creative and professional processes, problem solving methods, and technical mastery of their chosen medium.

The module supports students to contextualise the learning they have already accomplished in relation to the expectations of Level 7 study. This is achieved by evidencing and critically reflecting upon specific knowledge and skills learned through previous experience.

Through a series of online learning activities, students will be supported to develops skills of critical reflection, analysis and synthesis appropriate for study at Level 7.

Module outcomes will be achieved through the assembly of a portfolio of professional work, based on which the student will make a critical reflection and demonstrate preparedness for further Level 7 study. Typically, they will also submit a detailed academic CV and a written report reviewing their learning.

An indicative syllabus for the module includes:

o Reflection and models of reflection
o What is expected at postgraduate-level study
o Academic and professional language and terminology
o Constructing arguments
o Portfolio building
o Evidence compilation and annotation
o Writing professional and academic CVs

Learning resources and reading lists will be updated regularly and made accessible through the VLE.
‘Negotiated Project(s)’ offers a pathway for students without considerable professional experience in their field, through which they can earn credits by completion of specialised project work, while learning the tools for successful study at Level 7.

The Negotiated Project(s) theme, scope and outputs are developed with input from Learning Advisors. Through this module, students will develop a sophisticated and deeply personal understanding of their individual creative and professional processes, problem solving methods, and technical mastery of their chosen medium.

Through a series of online learning activities, students will be supported to develop a creative media project, an investigation into creative media issues, or a project linked to their professional work. These projects must demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in the chosen area of study. Students will critically evaluate the learning gained through project design, realisation and delivery, as well as the significance to their creative practice and the wider creative media community.

Module outcomes will be achieved through the definition and completion of an appropriate number of negotiated projects; project documentation, in the form of logbooks; a presentation of completed work; and a written report reviewing the student’s learning.

An indicative syllabus for the module includes:

o Reflection and models of reflection
o Creating an accreditation claim
o What is expected at postgraduate-level study
o Academic and professional language and terminology
o Constructing arguments
o Structured project documentation
o Self-directed learning
o Project-related research

Learning resources and reading lists will be updated regularly and made accessible through the VLE.

Career Outcomes

How will this course help my career?

The course provides the necessary skills to successfully operate in professional creative media environments, and enhance your professional practice of creative media at any stage of your career. By facilitating the development of professional and research skills and the acquisition of transferable skills for lifelong learning pertinent to academic and industry settings.

Course FAQs

As an online programme it assumes a great degree of self-motivation since it is self-directed. However in terms of support and contact, students are assigned a Learning Advisor who guides them through their study path (what to study, subject specific advice related to their research focus, how to study, etc.).

Students interact with their learning advisor on a regular basis; formally 6 hrs of LA support per 60 credit module or combination of modules.

Course content is produced based on students needs and topical issues (e.g. a critique of a bibliography) rather than a weekly syllabus, given that the programme is research based.

All the above documentation and course content is available via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

We also schedule a number of live webinars across all modules to cover some essential content and assessment requirements.

It is not expected that students will need access, given the programme is delivered online. However this is at the campuses’ discretion to offer additional facilities should they wish.

In addition, as most students on the course will be working in industry, they normally will have access to the resources required. Many resources are also freely available online.

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