Art Enterprise (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

Art Enterprise (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons) Top-Up Art Enterprise

This course is validated by The Open University.


The BA (Hons) Top-Up in Art Enterprise 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.

The Art Enterprise Top-Up will be relocating to the new state-of-the-art Quarry Hill Campus for September 2019, where students will be right at the heart of Leeds' creative community.

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.  

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Curator Space

The Gallery at One Six Four

Duration 1 Year Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72209-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What You Learn / Units

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.

Modules may include:

  • Negotiated Studio Practice - 40 Credits
  • Contextualising Practice – 30 Credits
  • Collaborative Enterprise Proposal – 10 credits
  • Collaborative Enterprise Project – 20 Credits
  • Art Engagement – 20 Credits

Benefits / Skills you will develop

  • Specialist art techniques.
  • Develop personal art practice.
  • Develop creative identity.
  • Entrepreneurial skills.
  • Networking and industry links.
  • Marketing and promotion.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
  • Mentoring by industry professionals.
  • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
  • To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
  • Understanding the mechanics of an art world.






How you will be assessed

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.


Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

Quarry Hill Campus.

Entry Requirements

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.

The course can be offered as part-time, if required.


Additional Costs

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.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is W7Y8 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's Next

This course will equip you to move into the professional art world, whereby you can continue your art practice supported by a network of arts organisations, funding bodies, practicing artists and have knowledge of running an artist collective and studios.

Graduates may operate in a variety of contexts, from manufacture to exhibition and support this with appropriate marketing and promotional skills.


Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite