Extend expertise in specialist creative fields


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by those working in the creative industries to add depth to expertise in a specialist field or technique. Fields include dance, music, cultural heritage, screen and media, visual arts, craft and design. The unit is particularly applicable in contexts where techniques require a high level of skill and coordination.

At this level, work would usually be undertaken with limited guidance and specialists could also be responsible for mentoring others on the job. Depending on the specialist area, guidance from mentors and experienced practitioners could be expected.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Research and apply industry trends

1.1 Identify industry trends using appropriate sources of information

1.2 Examine and clarify implications and consequences of trends for own practice

1.3 Review and evaluate trends with appropriate personnel to explore, develop and express conceptual ideas

1.4 Identify and use new ideas to expand own approach to developing techniques relevant to specialist field

1.5 Maintain currency of knowledge of legislative requirements and apply in area of specialist expertise as required

2. Adopt a disciplined approach to developing skills in area of specialisation

2.1 Plan strategies to develop skills and knowledge in specialist field

2.2 Ensure that skill development activities are based on a sound understanding of the principles and techniques relevant to specialist field

2.3 Use feedback, discussion and evaluation techniques to improve skills and knowledge

3. Evaluate own professional development in specialist context

3.1 Seek and apply constructive feedback from others to improve own skills

3.2 Continuously evaluate own skills and knowledge against planned strategies and career goals

3.3 Compare and contrast own skills and knowledge with those of other specialists in order to extend own professional work practices

3.4 Adjust own professional work practices to refine skills and knowledge

Evidence of Performance

Evidence of the ability to:

evaluate own skills and knowledge against planned strategies and career goals

apply planned strategies to develop and enhance own skills and knowledge

research trends in area of specialisation.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Evidence of Knowledge

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

describe commonly used research methodologies

explain how the following apply to own area of specialisation:


intellectual property issues

work health and safety (WHS) requirements

discuss implications for self or organisation of adopting emerging trends in own area of specialisation

describe key aspects of theoretical and historical contexts relevant to area of specialisation.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

an environment where:

conceptual ideas can be reviewed and evaluated with others

skills and knowledge can be developed

appropriate technology and sources of information to research industry trends.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.


Performance Criteria



2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Recognises the importance of ongoing learning and initiates and implements learning strategies aligned with career goals

Seeks feedback on strengths and areas for improvement

Gains insight from analysing others’ performances and uses them to improve own skills


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Organises and evaluates ideas and information from a range of complex texts

Oral communication

1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1

Uses active listening, observational and questioning techniques to identify different perspectives and confirm, clarify or revise understanding

Navigate the world of work

1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Keeps up-to-date with changes to legislation or regulations relevant to own rights and responsibilities and considers them when planning and undertaking work

Takes responsibility for own professional development

Interact with others

1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1

Works collaboratively

Get the work done

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Adopts a methodical and disciplined approach to extending skills in own area of expertise

Understands and applies basic principles of analytical and lateral thinking

Uses the internet as a research tool


Industry capability - industry context