Negotiated Learning

Structure and Content

This programme has a fixed framework and structure but self designed, negotiated content  for learning. It is NOT a traditional, pre-determined curriculum that provides what you need to know or tells you what to do.  It requires a high level of personal goal-setting, planning, research and resourcefulness to design your own learning pathway.

  • You will negotiate the content of your learning with your mentors and advisors
  • drive your own independent study throughout
  • engage in peer-to-peer group study
  • selectively choose open courses or Project Skills Labs to augment your learning
  • while taking responsibility to initiate, develop and execute a strategic learning plan that you’ve designed and negotiated to meet both your learning needs and university postgraduate requirements.

Marks and study credits are given for work which students submit at the end of each of six modules. The first two module assignments are Staffordshire University requirements. Students then negotiate the remaining modules.

What is a Negotiated Module?

For the negotiated modules, students can:

a) choose their own hands on projects, such as submitting a short film, short or feature scripts, mood board, marketing or business plan, marketing or crowdfunding campaign, etc. accompanied by a Reflective Report exploring a key learning and mastery area for the student in each module or

b) choose qualitative/quantitative research projects, data analyses or theoretical business, financing or distribution model development to gain industry expertise.

What is a Reflective Report?

Each negotiated module in which a student submits a creative artifact, production plan or business document must also be accompanied by a Reflective Report. This report forms the foundation of learning in this degree. Through this Reflective Report students consolidate their learning and reflect meaningfully on their decisions and what they’ve learned. The Reflective Report can comprise 50% or more of the assessment mark for each negotiated module.

The Reflective Report is a written work expected at postgraduate level, which must include proper academic referencing, engagement with theoretical or industry context, and is marked according to British standards and conventions of postgraduate level writing and research.

How do I learn in this programme?

  • Independent Study and Research (ongoing)
  • Weekly Study Groups
  • Online Cohort Community Posting and Discussion Groups (ongoing)
  • Individual tutorial sessions with a mentor/advisor (minimum 1 X per month)
  • Monthly Project Skills Labs
  • Raindance Open Courses (as selected)