Creative Enterprise

Level 4 Professional Diploma

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Creative Enterprise, UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma AF-CREN4D-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, Non-UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

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If you’re looking to establish yourself as an artist and develop your own products/portfolio in order to sell your work, then this course is perfect for you.

The course focuses on developing industry skills and connections. You’ll work in a studio with motivated and creative students, with each of you building your own product line and brand to make an industry impact. All the creative lecturers have industry experience.

You’ll be able to establish yourself as a working artist, to develop a product line and portfolio in a broad range of creative industries including graphics, textiles, fashion, art, illustration, photography, 3D, digital media and film/print media. You will learn how to run your own enterprise, market your products and become commercially successful.

Our entry profile recommends that you have one of the following:

– BTEC Level 3 qualification in Graphics & Photography, Graphic Design, Art & Design, Business or Media

– A Level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one A Level subject.

On this Level 4 Diploma at HSDC Alton, you will study:

  • Unit 1: The Creative Entrepreneur
  • Unit 2: The Creative Practitioner
  • Unit 3: The Creative Enterprise

Units 1 and 2 will be Pass only. The overall qualification is graded on Unit 3 and is graded at Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The course will develop your own project management skills and cover copyright laws, fundraising (kick starter), basic accounts and budgeting, pitching proposals, marketing, social media advertising and branding, as you will need to create yourself as a brand. 

You can expect to develop your knowledge of graphic design, photography, screen printing, print knowledge, illustration, marketing, basic accounts, putting on an exhibition, basic web design and experience of working on live projects.


You will attend approximately 15 hours of studio time, workshops, lectures and tutorials each week over a period of 30 weeks.

The course will be taught with an approach that delivers:

  • A balance between practical skills development and knowledge acquirement.
  • Access to a fully equipped art studio with Adobe Creative Cloud, giving you access to the latest versions of Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and other essential programs.

The course is assessed continuously through a range of assessments, workshops and live industry based projects.

The process of assessment is part of the effective planning of teaching and learning and provides opportunities for both the learner and assessor to obtain information about progress towards learning goals.

Typical progression is employment, self-employment and/or further progression to Higher Education. The course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your career as a creative professional. This qualification provides you with an opportunity to cultivate your employability by developing your creative enterprise skills, expanding your contact base whilst developing your start-up projects and professional practice.

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student