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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.


Have you always wanted to work within the creative arts sector? Do you have a skill, a passion or just an interest in the creative industries? If you are an artist, a musician, an author or enjoy performing, designing or turning concepts and ideas into finished products and presentations, then this one year Professional Diploma Level 4 course in Creative Enterprise, awarded by the University of the Arts London, will give you the chance to develop and focus your skills and knowledge for a career as a creative professional.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a background in an Arts related subject (music, media, A&D, performing arts, makeup, literature).

A Level 3 Vocational Qualification with a minimum of Merit Grade or 3 X A levels A*- C

Mature students with relevant experience will be assessed at interview.


You will complete the course with a UAL 'Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise' qualification which carries the same weight as the first year of a Honours degree. If you are 18 when the course starts, and you do not have a grade C / 4 in Maths or English prior to the course commencing, you will be required to study these subjects in addition to the main qualification.

What you'll learn (core modules)

There are 3 Units that make up the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise:


Unit 1: The Creative Entrepreneur
This unit introduces you to the fundamental business skills needed to kick-start a creative business venture.


Unit 2: The Creative Practitioner
This unit allows you to develop your creative skills further through research and the development of your specific skills.

Both Units 1 & 2 are assessed at Pass or Fail through the submission of a Creative Portfolio.

Unit 3: The Creative Enterprise
This unit is the culmination of your Creative Portfolio development where you will formalise and present your own sustainable creative enterprise through a professional presentation.


Unit 3 will complete your Level 4 qualification and provide your final grade at either Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction and is externally moderated by the University of the Arts London.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

We have a record label called 'Digital Saint Records' and commercially release compilations throughout the year on platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Amazon Music to name but a few. All students are given the opportunity to submit a track for consideration, and our in house A&R team review and select tracks.


We encourage all students on the course to work on real life projects, working with local businesses and the community, whether this is artwork for events, books or posters, to running sound for events, designing promotional material or developing your own brand. It all depends upon your long term aspirations and the industry within which you plan to gain employment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through the achievement of a Creative Portfolio for Units 1 and 2 and  through a final presentation of a creative enterprise venture for Unit 3.


The course follows specific learning outcomes alongside 'live' projects that will allow you to develop your specific skills further as well as having the opportunity to work in a professional industry environment.

Where will the course take me?

This one-year course will give you the opportunity to develop your portfolio further and to establish yourself as a freelance artist/musician/film producer/designer/dancer (the list is endless) who is looking to create their own products or services for their own business.


It will also give you the chance to gain further skills prior to entry to University or specialised higher education such as: Art/Music/Dance Conservatoires and Film/Drama School.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

As appropriate to your chosen pathway and project - we will discuss this at interview.

How much will it cost?

If you are 18 the course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Students are also able to apply for a bursary to help with getting to and from college and any other costs related to the course including materials.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply online through the website and be invited into the college for an initial discussion, interview and audition or attend one of our open events.

Days & times

Starting September 2022

Course price


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