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BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise Top-up

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Media and Journalism

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

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.

UCAS points

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

P506

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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

Practical experience

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

Career prospects

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

Non-UCAS

From
Degree
Minimum 2.2 Honours in an environmentally-relevant subject
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Most importantly all applicants have to submit a digital portfolio of their work and are requested to attend a portfolio interview.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Your portfolio should demonstrate the equivalent skills and abilities of an ARB/RIBA Part 1 graduate even though it is not required to have an ARB Part 1 degree in order to apply to our course. however in summary and in particular, we will look for the following in the portfolio:

  • Evidence of exploratory spatial design techniques including sketching, especially model-making and perspective-based imagery
  • Sound technical knowledge of building design and conventional drawing abilities (plans, sections, elevations)
  • Environmental and structural design knowledge
  • Awareness of architectural history and theory
  • Ability to synthesise the above into architectural proposals
  • Depth of work, engagement and commitment to the subject
  • Presentational skills 

Some useful tips to take into consideration

  • PDFs should be single files, no larger than 40mb (electronic portfolios only)
  • Personal statements should be factual and to the point
  • Portfolios presented in person should be printed at A3 or larger and not in plastic sheaths
  • Year out and practical work experience is relevant and should be presented, but only after the degree portfolio.


 


Overall IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading(or recognised equivalent)

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement and portfolio - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

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.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Creative Cultures
  • Enterprise: Model Your Business
  • Freelancing and Creative Portfolio
  • Independent project

How you'll be assessed

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.

How you'll learn

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 both 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.

Your future career

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

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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