PgCert Creative Professional Development - University of Portsmouth

Creative Professional Development

Improve your professional, leadership and employability skills

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This PgCert Creative Professional Development course develops your skills in professional behaviours, enterprise and leadership. It enhances your employability and provides a route to further study.

This is an online course, so you can study flexibly around other commitments. You can still use our on-campus workshops and other facilities and attend the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries guest lecture and events programme.

The course is open to University of Portsmouth graduates only. Substantial bursaries are available if you are unemployed.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Explore mindsets, professionalism and project management
  • Get insight into working for an existing employer or setting up your own business
  • Find out about creative and industrial practices useful for your own career development

What opportunities might it lead to?

Job roles graduates have gone onto include:

  • Children’s book author/illustrator
  • Animator, storyboard artist and digital illustrator
  • Graphic/editorial designer
  • Web designer
  • Games developer
  • Sound engineer
  • Lecturer in photography
  • Textile designer
  • Architect
  • Copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Film producer
  • Production manager


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Structure & Teaching

The course is taught online. You can also attend additional events on campus and use our extensive range of studios, workshops and other facilities. The online material includes webinars and tutorials.

You will study units on leadership and working in the creative industries, build your portfolio and enhance your professional practice. The course also gives you an insight into postgraduate study and looks at how you can do further postgraduate study and research.

Core units include:

  • Portfolios, Projects, Planning
  • Enterprise, Experience, Employment
  • Research, Review, Reinvent

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


This is an online course but you can attend additional events on campus. We will provide you with a rich range of interactive, multimedia teaching materials and you will develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive dynamic environment with help from a dedicated member of staff.


There is ongoing assessment embedded in the teaching materials, which includes quizzes and targeted tasks.

You will also submit online work including portfolios and extended reports. These will feed through each unit, creating an ongoing record of professional and academic development, focused on your personal creative practice or career aims.

Tutor view


Emma Austin
Senior Lecturer

Whether you’re looking to develop or start your career, take the plunge and become self-employed, or continue your creative practice into further development or study, this course helps you make sure you have the portfolio of skills and experience you need.

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Facilities & Features

Guest speakers

We invite a lively and diverse line-up of visiting speakers, including artists, curators and arts administrators to lecture on their work. Guest speakers are a great way to bring you into contact with professional life, while encouraging a vibrant culture of debate and interaction.

Workshops and studios

Take advantage of our many workshops with facilities for printing, laser cutting, 3D printing, digital fabric printing, sewing, milling machine. We have a variety of digital studios with Macs and PCs running industry-standard software, as well as a VR lab and a games lab. We also have sound and music studios, broadcast studios, photography studios, darkrooms (digital and traditional), design studios, a studio theatre and a screening room.

Flexible learning

Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Careers support

The Nest incubator offers expert advice and support, training, hot-desking, networking opportunities together with enterprise clinics. The CCi Creative Careers Centre provides a comprehensive service to both students and employers, including coordinating the advertising and recruitment for placement and internship positions in the creative industries. Our careers service provides careers advice and support with careers planning. Creative Skills+ offers one-to-one tutorials and group workshops in a range of technical skills together with the chance to gain professional accreditation in a range of software. These are all featured in the course and you will be encouraged to attend their workshops, competitions, conferences and social events.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

This course provides a solid grounding in leadership skills, while developing your portfolio, CV and knowledge of working in freelance, self-employed and employed roles.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Apply now or visit us

Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Open Evenings

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are taking place between February and April. Lecturers and support staff will be available to discuss your options. You'll also find out more about your chosen course and subjects that interest you.

Booking will open soon but in the meantime, watch our Postgrad Live series to hear from our staff and students about what it's like studying at Portsmouth. 

Other opportunities to visit

Download our free walking tour PDF for a self-guided tour of the University.

We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more about our self-guided walking tours.

Can't get to Portsmouth?

If you can’t make it to Portsmouth, come and see us at one of the events we attend around the UK.

If you would like to speak with a member of staff about any courses you are interested in, please email and we will arrange this for you.

Staff from the University of Portsmouth Global office also regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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