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About the course

This top-up course is designed for students who are already confident practitioners of their chosen creative discipline, but would like to develop a portfolio and build skills to work in the creative industries. Suitable creative disciplines include film, photography, journalism, advertising, graphic design, animation, illustration, CGI, fashion and design.

This top-up degree in creative enterprise is delivered within Solent Creatives, an in-house agency where you'll develop your creative portfolio and enterprise skills. The agency will support you as you work with businesses on creative projects, teaching you essential business and freelance skills.

Students studying on the creative enterprise top-up programme will spend much of their time working alongside Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative agency. The agency matches creative students with clients who are seeking creative services.

This experience of genuine client work is the perfect preparation for employment or freelance work in the creative industries. Students will have gained real experience of working in their chosen field, and will have developed a clear understanding of how the creative industries function both in the UK and abroad.

The course also includes classroom based units, where students will learn essential marketing, finance and management skills, as well the popular Canvas Business Model technique. This ensures that students are able to manage the logistical and administrative aspects of their creative enterprise.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be your own boss? Looking to secure regular employment as a professional creative? Solent University’s creative enterprise top-up is the perfect way to gain experience of professional creative practice and learn the essential business skills required to thrive in either freelance or traditional employment.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

Students learn in Solent Creatives, the first creative agency to be set up by a UK university.

What does this course lead to?

During their studies, students from the BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise degree develop relevant business skills and a portfolio of commercial work related to their individual skillset. Many students will choose to work as a business owner or freelancer, using these assets to further their own business.

Other graduates may seek full-time employment in a creative industry. Having already acquired real agency experience throughout their degree, these students will be well positioned to take on this kind of work.

Who is this course for?

This course is for students who want to apply their creative specialism within an agency environment. Graduates will have a full year of agency experience, putting them in a good position to apply for agency roles.

Suitable creative disciplines include film, photography, journalism, advertising, graphic design, animation, illustration, CGI, fashion and design.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall

  • Or 240 CATS points from two years of a three year relevant degree programme.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

  • The Creative Portfolio
  • Freelancing @ Solent Creatives 
  • Creative Business Start-up
  • Creative Thinking
  • Creative Cultures


  • Enterprise Model Your Business

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Jessie Qun Ren academic profile Jessie Qun Ren Senior Lecturer View profile
Irma Gineikiene academic profile Irma Gineikiene Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wi-fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students are also encouraged to make use of the library which features a fully-networked resource centre equipped with high-end computers (from Apple and Microsoft) and an extensive selection of both open plan and private group working spaces.

Students are given access to a range of professional video and photography equipment, as well as the latest creative software.

Students are given access to a range of professional equipment including video and photography equipment, as well as creative software.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Freelance creative work
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Account management 
  • Creative agency positions
  • Creative director
  • Consultant

Industry links

We have strong links with the local and national businesses who provide us with live briefs. In the last four years we have matched over 1000 students with freelance projects and have registered over 800 businesses onto Solent Creatives’ client list. These businesses include Marks & Spencer, Southampton Airport, Sodexo, Oxfam, the NHS and B&Q.

On average, Solent productions receive 33 new project requests each month.


The course is based in Solent Creatives, Solent University’s unique creative agency. The agency specialises in matching talented students with local and national freelancing opportunities, so all students enrolled on the course will be matched to at least one opportunity that is appropriate to their skillset. 

For example, a student with experience in filmmaking might make a series of promotional videos for a local maritime business, and a journalism student might work on the production of an online magazine for a regional shopping centre.

Film is our most popular area and we can offer students the chance to work on various projects. Previously, Solent Creatives has given students the chance to work on projects including music videos, educational films, product launches and online livestreams.

Further study

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