What is the ARTS 4800 Practicum?
The ARTS practicum course introduces students to the workplace and degree-relevant entry-level work through placement in an employment setting.
During the term, students complete 48 to 64 workplace hours (approximately 4-6 hours per week).
Who can take ARTS 4800?
The ARTS Practicum is for senior students with a declared Major or Minor in Geography, History, Philosophy, Policy Studies, English or Journalism.
What can students expect?
Students will work under the supervision of both the employer/host and a KPU supervisor, undertaking one or more projects that will enable them to apply the academic knowledge and analytical skills learned in the classroom in a workplace environment.
Students will also attend periodic on-campus seminars during the semester to critically reflect and report on their learning and will produce final materials appraising the connection between their academic and practicum work.
How do I register in ARTS 4800?
Prior to registration: Students work with the Practicum Instructor to obtain a mutually agreed upon placement. The placement process includes submission of a cover letter and resume, the name of one KPU instructor that can be contacted for a reference, and at least one placement interview prior to the start of term.
Pre-requisites: 72 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including 9 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher, and 9 credits of courses at the 1100 level or higher in the student’s Declared Major or Minor; and, the permission of the Practicum Instructor.
Once a placement is in place, and permission of the instructor has been given, the student registers in ARTS 4800.
The Instructor will endeavour to place applicants; however, placements cannot be guaranteed.
Note: Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort are now open.
Our Practicum Steering Committee will be looking at applications in mid-July. Applications will only be accessed then.
Before applying, please take a moment to watch our practicum informational video.
Contact email for employers: ArtsPracticum@kpu.ca
Examples of work that students can do during the Practicum
- GIS mapping and analysis
- Research best practices
- Research and report on case studies
- Archival research
- Organize ideas
- Develop short surveys
- Draft memos, short reports and summaries
- Draft presentations
- Organize small events
- Provide webinar support
- Provide strategic analysis
- Provide support on social media
- Records management
- Prepare agendas, participate in meetings, and take meeting notes
- Shadow senior staff