Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will undertake a work placement in an organisation to apply the professional skills and practices acquired during their program of study. During the placement they will develop professional skills and practices appropriate to their chosen profession and experience the dynamics, discourses, practices and realities of working in a professional environment. Direction is provided onsite by a placement supervisor.

Student projects may include, but are not limited to: theoretical explorations and reviews; speculative design practices; professionally oriented projects; work-integrated learning and research-integrated learning opportunities; group / collaborative projects; external stakeholder based projects

Students undertaking CIND3500 – Professional Placement may be eligible to apply for a Scholarships with our industry partners. The Work-Integrated-Learning placement with the industry partner would contribute to their completion of CIND3500.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply, under supervision, their professional skills and knowledge acquired during the degree program to the workplace environment;

2. Develop critical and creative thinking skills by participating in the workplace of creative and cultural industry professionals;

3. Articulate an understanding of the social and professional contexts in which contemporary creative and cultural practice operates and of the role of the practitioner within these contexts;

4. Produce products and/or materials and participate in activities at a professional standard;

5. Analyse and evaluate their knowledge, skills and practices in the placement environment

6. Complete Risk Assessments and apply appropriate Work Health Safety competencies to the workplace environment.


  • The students will undertake 80 hours of professional placement with an approved organisation.
  •  Students will develop application documents including (but not limited to) a resume and cover letter. 
  • Students will maintain a journal describing and critically reflecting on the placement experience and discussing and analysing professional practice to present within two weeks of completing their placement.

A student's willingness to take responsibility, be resourceful, show initiative and complete assigned tasks will be reflected in assessment through the debriefing process with the external organisation's placement supervisor. The student's placement supervisor will also supply a report on the student's performance.Much of the material associated with learning in this course will be provided online. Before the semester/term of study, there will be a lecture regarding the preparation of documents required for establishing a professional placement position.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of 50 units at 2000 level or above, and 20 units at 3000 level

Assessment items

Professional Task: Application Document Submission 25% *

Professional Task: WH&S Induction (Formative Assessment) *

Report: Workplace Supervisor Report 40%

Journal: Log 35%

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - In order to complete this course, students must complete an online compulsory course WH&S induction.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face Off Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Placement must be arranged by the student, so it does not negatively impact on study/participation obligations for other courses being undertaken

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.