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Do you want to use your creative skillset to come up with solutions to genuine business problems? BA Creative Enterprise is a one-year top-up degree that allows students to use their artistic talents to develop links with industry and build their portfolio by working on a series of live briefs from local, national and global businesses. Whether you're an illustrator, designer, performer or tech whizz, you will have the chance to collaborate on a series of projects aimed at developing your employability and giving you the skills and portfolio to showcase your talents.

Workshops take place in UEL's in-house student-led agency, where you'll foster a working relationship with your peers and be briefed on an exciting range of professional projects. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the experience to go straight into industry or even start your own business in the creative industries.

What makes this course different

Practical experience

Practical experience

Experience agency life by working with other creatives in UEL's in-house student-led studio

Build your employability and your portfolio with a series of real-life industry briefs and projects.


Build your employability and your portfolio with a series of real-life industry briefs and projects.

Career prospects

Career prospects

Make connections with other entrepreneurs in UEL's Enterprise department, home to a range of East London start-up businesses


Creative Enterprise is a one-year top-up degree for students who have a HND or equivalent.

You will study four modules over the course of one year.


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.



The creative industries plays a pivotal part in the global economy and you'll learn what challenges they face and how they thrive in the 21st century. By analysing the cultural landscape, you will define your own practice and detail the unique skills you will be able to bring to the market.

Through working on a series of projects and briefs set by industry, you will build up your portfolio to showcase your individual talents. You'll also develop your own business idea so you can turn your hand to freelancing or start your own creative enterprise upon graduation.

Your final independent project can be conducted through practice or research, and will define a line of independent inquiry that provides a creative solution to practitioners and entrepreneurs working in creative enterprise.

The course is run by Professor Suzanne Dixon and Dr. Allan Taylor, both of whom have had successful careers in the creative industries and are invested in encouraging enterprise in the academy. They will facilitate professional placements and industry opportunities to maximise the experience of this intensive practice-based course.


As a predominantly industry-focused course, you'll be assessed by practical outputs aimed at building your portfolio and your employability. These include workbooks, production projects and business plans.

Students will be guided to define their own area of focus and encouraged to think both entrepreneurially and independently in setting the aims and objectives for their future career.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.


We pride ourselves on teaching such a range of key skills that you'll find many doors to stimulating future employment open to you after graduation. You will learn self-starting skills in how to develop, pitch and look for funding for arts projects that have a civic engagement aspect or solve business problems particular to the creative industries. UEL graduates have gone on to succeed in areas like media industries, event production, arts management and social enterprise.

We encourage our students to be entrepreneurial in their outlook and you can foster an array of contacts during the course. Many students have managed to land jobs after making an impact with employers during their work placements.

The course will arm you with a wealth of industry knowledge together with a deep understanding of creative cultures. So it is little wonder our graduates are in demand to work in a range of industries.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.