EKC Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Kent

Creative Professional Business Practice

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Course summary

This new course (pending final approval from the University of Kent) has been designed and written in conjunction with academics and employers in the visual arts. It blends and develops emerging artists and designers’ own practice to equip them with the skills necessary to work professionally in the visual arts in a wide range of careers. Through a combination of theoretical development, continuing professional practice and valuable vocational experiences, it will deliver innovative, distinctive and exciting projects in businesses and places of work individualised to the learner that prepares emerging professionals to confidently meet the demands of the visual art market. Over two years you will work on your own visual arts practice with other learners and our tutors and technicians in our industry standard studios and workshops. You will develop not only your own emerging practice but your marketing and promotional needs as working professional practitioners, developing concepts and solutions to real life employment challenges. We will provide a learning and teaching experience that allows you to synthesise ideas learnt on placement, adapting to trends and changes in the industry, which you will witness first hand and to be supported in realising your critical, intellectual, practical and professional applications. After successfully completing this (FdA) you may wish to consider enrolling for additional year of study on the BA (Hons) Visual Art (Top-up). Additional information Approximately 60% of your time on this course will be spend in individualised placements in the creative industries subject to your own career aspirations. 40 % will be in our well-equipped, industry standard art and design studios at college and in lectures, seminars, tutorials and presentations.

  • There is an option for the students to obtain part of their studies in paid employment, depending on the employer fitting into the guidelines of what constitutes the visual art / creative arts industries.
· Hours Yr 1: 760 · Hours Yr 2: 700 · Self-directed study hours Yr 1: 350 · Self-directed study hours Yr 2: 385 In association with the University of Kent.


What will I learn? The programme employs a range of teaching and learning methods that are strategically deployed to provide students with a rich and varied range of learning experiences. The programme promotes both independent and collaborative work with an emphasis of engaging directly with and in a range of workplaces to give the learner a broad range of experiences which will naturally narrow down as and when the learner begins to specialise in a smaller number of industries. The programme includes the following modules: · An analysis of client requirements in the visual arts industries · Ethics and sustainability · Professional health and safety · Communication methodologies · Marketing professional practice · Business management · Continuous and individualised professional practice · Analysis / market research of future visual art industries · The creation of your own working space · Professional relationships / communication skills · Time management · Event management

Assessment method

Assessment is conducted by college staff’s monitoring of an ongoing professional portfolio, kept and updated by the learner and by industry placement feedback.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the standard qualification profile but who have extensive relevant work experience may be considered, and are invited to contact the College to discuss their circumstances.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

A certain amount of materials used for your taught sessions while working at college will be provided to you. However, you may will need to supplement this based on your own individual needs.
Creative Professional Business Practice at EKC Group - UCAS