This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to approach the business aspects of working as a creative practitioner in a professional manner.  It applies to individuals who, depending on the creative practice, operate as sole practitioners, in artist cooperatives, or as freelance or contract workers. Regardless of the business model, all practitioners earning income from their practice engage with the professional business requirements for a sustainable creative practice. Independent creative practitioners sometimes work as employees in small and large organisations.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - research and evaluate a broad range of complex and varied business information, including business structures, financial considerations, and legal rights and obligations; - develop cohesive approaches and strategies, that are grounded in research and analysis, for developing and managing own practice; - interact with other professionals on management and development issues; - identify professional work opportunities within and beyond the creative sectors, including new and emerging opportunities, and; - apply relevant legal and moral rights and obligations in own practice. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - summarise the types of behaviour, skills and practice that constitute a professional way of working in the specific area of creative practice; - outline professional development opportunities for the specific area of creative practice; - identify types and sources of external expertise and professional advice for creative practitioners that could be used in professional practice, including different industry organisations; - explain general business structures, practices, systems and procedures that apply to all professional practitioners, as well as typical ways that business is done in the specific area of creative practice; - summarise the physical resources needed for different types of professional practice and different ways they may be set up or accessed; - explain the financial management practices that apply to all professional practitioners, including financial models and structures that apply to the specific area of creative practice; - identify the factors to consider when costing and selling work and methods of selling work, including commissions; - summarise trends in the consumption of culture and creative products and their impact on professional creative practice, and; - list and describe the legal and moral obligations of creative practitioners, including intellectual property, work health and safety, and sustainability considerations.

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