Art & Design | UAL Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise | Level 4

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Course Code: FE0725-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Awarding Body: UAL Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

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Our UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your career as a freelance or self-employed creative professional. It will inspire and help you define your artistic ambitions. Throughout the course you will be able to develop your creative enterprise skills, expanding your contact base whilst continuing or forming your own creative start-up projects and arts professional practice.

  • A unique one-year programme to enable you to succeed in your current start-up
  • Learn specialist entrepreneurial skills such as making a pitch and writing a business plan
  • Work with industry specialists on live briefs

This course is suitable for creative students who have successfully studied at Level 3 and now have an interest in starting up their own projects or company, or other entrepreneurial activity

Start dates

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  • Social Media
  • Creative Media
  • Art Business

Entry requirements

There are no age restrictions for this qualification. The majority of students are expected to be 18+ when they start this qualification, with most having completed A-Levels, Level 3 Extended Diplomas or a relevant apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Course content

What will you learn during this course?  

The qualification is made up of the following three mandatory units:

Unit 1 - The Creative Entrepreneur: This unit introduces the student to the requisite enterprise skills that are necessary to kick-start a creative business venture. Students will examine business models, and will develop their skills in project management, copyright laws, fundraising and budgeting, pitching proposals, marketing and social media. Students will also develop a secure working knowledge of health and safety standards and the associated legislations. The business focus of this unit will complement and support the students’ creative research and development work undertaken in Unit 2. Both units 1 and 2 work together to establish a solid foundation in order to inform and inspire students’ creative enterprise business models in Unit 3.

Unit 2 - The Creative Practitioner: This unit will provide the student with the opportunity to define their artistic ambitions by providing the necessary time and space to research and develop their creative ideas. Students will position and contextualise their creative concept within a distinctive area of contemporary practice and will conduct case studies in order to identify and distinguish market competitors directly operating within their chosen field. Students will also cultivate their networking skills and start building a database of contacts as they start to engage with the industry.

Unit 2 - The Creative Practitioner: Continued:

This unit serves as a precursor to the student’s final creative enterprise business plan and will provide them with an opportunity to enter into a more formal dialogue of personal interrogation and diagnosis to identify ambitions within a specific field, and to develop the requisite professional skills necessary for progression into their chosen industry.

Unit 3 - The Creative Enterprise: This unit requires the student to develop, formalise and present a sustainable creative enterprise business case. Students will take control of their own professional development by independently initiating a feasibility study, which will support and inform an in-depth creative enterprise business plan. The business plan will outline all the budgetary, legal, marketing and health and safety requirements whilst also contextualising the student’s own creative practice within the wider creative industries.

What could this qualification lead to?

Students completing the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise may progress into:

  • Freelance creative work
  • Account management
  • Creative agency positions
  • Consultancy
  • Talent management
  • Art direction
  • Production
  • Higher Education - the qualification will support students to develop a portfolio of work enabling them to progress to higher education courses
What could this qualification lead to?

Course fees

The course fee for 21/22 entry is £4,670.00.

You do not have to pay fees if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

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How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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