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Mode of Study
Full-time by distance learning, Part-time by distance learning
4 months full-time distance learning with optional campus based element, 8 months part-time distance learning with optional campus based element
Start Date
September 2019


This online PgCert Creative Professional Development course will sharpen your management, enterprise and leadership skills, giving you the tools you need to progress in your career. If you want to improve your ability to effectively lead, and boost your understanding regarding business, this course is your perfect next step.

You'll develop the skills needed to create, launch and manage new ideas, products, services and small businesses. You'll also discover how to make a difference in other organisations, and learn about important areas of creative professional development, including product development, intellectual property, and project management.

When you graduate, you can expect to find employment in the creative industries, or launching your own enterprise.

This course is studied online via distance learning, so you can fit your studies in around your other commitments.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Benefit from a flexible approach to study
  • Learn about key themes including research, professionalism, enterprise, planning 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
  • Attend the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries' guest lecture and events programme
  • Have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of ejournals and newspapers

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your creative skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

Once you graduate you'll have a solid grounding in leadership, a strong portfolio of work and the knowledge, skills and confidence to take your career to the next level.

Our previous graduates have gone on to work in roles including:

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

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from the University of Portsmouth
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/International/Channel Islands/Isle of Man students: £1,540.

Students who have graduated from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries in July 2017 or 2018 and are unemployed at the start of the course can apply for a scholarship of £1,400 towards the cost of the course.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study units worth a total of 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units include:

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

Changes to course content

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


This is an online course, but you'll get opportunities to attend additional events on campus. You'll be taught through interactive, multimedia materials, and you'll develop your skills and knowledge in a dynamic environment, with plenty of support.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block - September to December
  • Spring teaching block - January to Easter
  • Assessment period - Easter to June

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • ongoing assessment
  • quizzes
  • targeted tasks
  • portfolios
  • extended reports


Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, 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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