University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Art Enterprise (Top-Up)

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Top-Up in Art Enterprise at the University Centre develops your creative skills, whilst providing the employability skills specific to your personal practice to help you to become a successful member creative, no matter which area of the art world you decide to develop into. The course puts you in the real world from the very beginning; you will be creating public exhibitions, working with gallerists and curators, selling your work, promoting yourself, visiting exhibitions, collaborating with other artists, designers, and makers, working with the public, and creating an identity for your practice, so that you are ready to hit the ground running when you enter the industry on completion of the course. Art Enterprise is now housed in our newly refurbished University Centre. We have brand new studios, exhibition spaces, state of the art student work zones, a new student common room, and, most importantly, a building which is exclusively for our degree students. This course has received excellent feedback from the creative community who have commented on the importance in today's creative education to develop graduates with the necessary skills to thrive within the industry, which makes this an innovative and forward thinking art and design programme.

Course details


The course has three main threads throughout the BA (Hons) Top-up; you will develop your personal art practice throughout the course, situate your practice within contemporary creative theories and culture, and learn how to create and audience and potentially make money from your art.The modules for this course may include: Negotiated Studio Practice, Contextualising Practice, Collaborative Enterprise Proposal, Collaborative Enterprise Project and Art Engagement.

Assessment method

There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts. Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills. The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts. Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student learning programmes.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW7Y8
Institution code L21
Campus nameQuarry Hill Campus
Campus codeQ

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

A typical offer is likely to be 55% average at Foundation Degree or a Merit profile in a relevant HND, together with 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English (Maths isn't required). In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification. We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course. All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7950 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include: Art materials Printing Framing and display of work Optional trips and visits These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.
Art Enterprise (Top-Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS