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Creative Enterprise

UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma

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Creative Enterprise - UAL Level 4 Diploma SFY-CREN4D/C01

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Higher Education

(1 year)

Examination board
University of the Arts London
Course Fee Advanced Learning Loan 4670.00
Course free for under 19 year olds Standard 0.00

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If you’re looking to establish yourself as an artist and are looking to create your own products/portfolio in order to sell your work, then this course could be perfect for you.The course will be very focussed on industry skills and connections. The classroom will be your studio first, classroom second, working with motivated and creative students trying to make an industry impact. All the creative lecturers have industry experience.You’ll be working alongside all types of creative people, as the course is designed for those who have studied areas such as graphics, textiles, fashion, art, illustration, photography, 3D design, media and business, and wish to create products, establish themselves as an artist, run their own enterprise and market their own products.Cost: FREE if under 19 years old. (£4,670 if over 19 years old).

Our entry profile recommends to include one of the following:UAL or BTEC Level 3 qualification in Graphics & Photography, Graphic Design, Art & Design, Business or Media to a Merit level, or A Level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one A Level subject

– Unit 1: The Creative Entrepreneur- Unit 2: The Creative Practitioner- Unit 3: The Creative EnterpriseUnits 1 and 2 will be Pass only. The overall qualification is graded on Unit 3 and is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. The course will provide you with the skills and information to launch yourself as an artist or professional creative. It will develop your project management skills and cover copyright laws, basic accounting and budgeting, creating pitch proposals, marketing, social media advertising, branding and much more.You can develop your knowledge in your chosen field, be it graphic illustration, screen printing, jewellery-making, traditional-printing, clothing, book illustration and any other creative medium supported within our facilities. Successful completion of the course will equip you to join art markets and approach retailers to sell your products. The course ends with a festival-style ‘pop-up’ market, providing a showcase of your best work to the industry, friends and family.

You will attend approximately 12 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 acquired knowledge.

The course is assessed continuously considering your live projects, creative enterprise, workshops and meaningful outcomes. 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 would be to gain employment or self-employment as an artist. Alternatively to progress into Higher Education, it is possible to progress directly from this course on to Year 2 of an Arts degree at Solent University, allowing you to save money by not paying the first year university fees.The course has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your careers as creative professionals. This qualification will provide 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.

Throughout the course you will work on a number of industry live projects with real world deadlines. In the past we have worked with Sea Dog Print and Southsea Gallery, and in the future we will be working with branding experts Bedrok, who offer creative solutions that grow businesses without blowing budgets. Our illustration projects are supported by Aspex Gallery and Joy Fantastic Gallery.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student