Placements in Practice

The resource was developed through a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and ArtWorks Scotland partnership as part of ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings, a special UK-wide initiative from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

ArtWorks Scotland is led and part-funded by Creative Scotland.

The aim of ArtWorks is to support the initial training and continuous professional development of artists working in participatory settings, to enhance the quality of people’s engagement in arts-led activity and the arts, and create a more professional and confident sector whose work is valued and seen as important.

This Placements in Practice site provides guidance for students, Higher Education institutions (HE), colleges (FE) and host organisations providing support or solutions for students embarking on arts-based work placements.

The guidance offered intends to promote the value of work placement as a mechanism for equipping artists with the skills and expertise to work in a variety of settings, with a variety of participants, to enhance the quality of the student experience and to encourage consistent approaches in planning, supporting and evaluating the placements themselves.

Guidance is offered in a number of ways, including:

  • Student reflections on their experiences of planning and delivering a work placement
  • Case studies from host organisations experienced in offering work placement opportunities to students
  • Case studies and resources from HEs and colleges who have developed effective work placement systems and supports
  • Effective practice guides