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Portfolio Development – UAL Bridge to Industry: Level 4

Course information

Course Summary

An industry-focused course that will kickstart your career in the media industry.

This is a one-year course that will help develop your portfolio in your chosen specialism that will help bridge the gap between college and entering the world of freelance or industry.

Course Code:N5896
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 4
Awarded by:UAL
Course Length

One year.

Course Detail

This industry-focused programme will help kickstart your career in the Creative Media Industry. 

This is a one year course that will help develop your portfolio in your chosen specialism that will help bridge the gap between college and entering the world of freelance or industry. You will work with clients over the course of the year, responding to briefs in your own specialism as well as understanding the skills that you need in order to kickstart a creative business. You will end the course by developing your own business plan with a fully developed portfolio that you can take into the creative world.


The Entrepeneur
This unit will introduce you to the requisite enterprise skills that are necessary to kickstart a creative business venture. You will deliberate how you can position and brand a creative enterprise business in a fiercely competitive marketplace while gaining an appreciation of creative and cultural policy. You will examine business models, and develop skills in project management, copyright laws, fundraising and budgeting, pitching proposals, marketing and social media. You will also develop a secure working knowledge of health and safety standards and the associated legislations.

The Portfolio
This unit will provide the student with the opportunity to define their artistic ambitions by providing the necessary time and space to research and develop their creative ideas. Students will position and contextualise their creative concept within a distinctive area of contemporary practice, and will also cultivate their networking skills and start building a database of contacts as they start to engage with the industry.

The Business Plan
This unit requires the student to develop, formalise and present a sustainable creative enterprise business plan. Students will take control of their own professional development by independently initiating a feasibility study, which will support and inform an in-depth creative enterprise business plan.

Click here to view a detailed Programme Specification for this course.

Course Fees

This course is FREE if you are aged 19 or under at enrolment.

£4,500 for students aged 19+

If you are 19 or over you are elgiable for additional learner loan to cover these costs.

Entry Requirements
  • A Level 3 Extended Diploma in a creative course (Art, Games, Animation, VFX, Film, Music, Performing Arts).
  • A good reference.
  • If you do not have Maths and English you will need to continue this.
Your Next Steps

Students can continue into higher education or enter the creative media industries as a freelance professional or in a production company.

Other Information


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Last updated - 03/11/2021