Creative Enterprise

UAL 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 UAL 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.

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student