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Graduate Diploma Creative Business & Management

Graduate Diploma in Creative Business and Management

Farnham

Course overview

Our Graduate Diploma in Creative Business and Management is a pre-masters course, designed to prepare international students for postgraduate-level study at UCA.

This course has two start dates during the year - in September and February – and you will be taught for a total of 30 weeks.

If you're an international student and want to do a postgraduate business course in the UK, but have not studied here before, then this course is ideal. It will give you the academic skills and practical expertise in business management needed to succeed at Masters level.

English language support is also integrated into the course, which will improve your English language level in preparation for postgraduate study.

Successfully finishing the Graduate Diploma in Creative Business and Management will guarantee you a place on a postgraduate course at UCA.

Course details

Course details

Our course is made up of two semesters and the course develops your English language, academic, research and study skills, knowledge of visual and cultural contexts and critical and analytical abilities in relation to your chosen area of interest. 

An interdisciplinary teaching approach supports students with a range of different qualifications and previous experience. 

The Business Fundamentals
The unit provides you with the opportunity to develop and learn about managing and marketing in relation to your working life and personal practice. As an aspiring organisational decision-maker, you'll gain the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully take advantage of cutting-edge theories of management, marketing and organisational behaviour.

Decision Making and Problem Solving
This unit focuses on managerial aspects of data driven decision making through data analytics. It integrates data analytical techniques with problem-solving approaches for business such as predictive modelling and visualizing model performance.  

Research Methods and Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes
This unit runs throughout the 30 week course across both semesters. The aim is to develop and embed effective and practical research methods - introducing students to advanced critical inquiry, academic and critical writing, and independent research. This is delivered concurrently with the theoretical and practical teaching of English language practical skills.

Our course is made up of two semesters and the course develops your English language, academic, research and study skills, knowledge of visual and cultural contexts and critical and analytical abilities in relation to your chosen area of interest.

An interdisciplinary teaching approach supports students with a range of different qualifications and previous experience. 

Creative Business Project 
This unit is designed to give you the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic business challenge with a more in-depth research report. You will be expected to tackle a real organisational problem using an applied research approach.

Research Methods and Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes
This unit runs throughout the 30 week course across both semesters. The aim is to develop and embed effective and practical research methods - introducing students to advanced critical inquiry, academic and critical writing, and independent research. This is delivered concurrently with the theoretical and practical teaching of English language practical skills.

Tuition fees
The course fees for September 2021 and February 2022 entry are:

  • International students - £15,540 (standard fee)
  • International students - £14,920 (full early payment fee)

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

All full cost (non-EU) students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and progress to a UCA postgraduate course will receive a £1,500 discount on the standard listed tuition fee for the postgraduate course. If the tuition fees are paid in full before enrolment, an additional 4% discount is applied.

Read more about fee discounts

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

At UCA Farnham there is a dedicated studio for students on the International Pathway courses. You will also have be able to use the shared facilities at the campus including; 3D workshops with machines for working a in range of materials such as wood, plaster, clay and resin; digital media suites with both Macs and PCs loaded with design software; and open access print studios.

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International Pathway studios, UCA Farnham

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Digital Media studios, UCA Farnham

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International Pathway studios, UCA Farnham

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Library, UCA Farnham

Key facts

Key facts

Our student to staff ratio of a maximum of 15:1 ensures an exceptionally high level of tutor engagement. Art and design teaching methods include studio work, practical skills workshops, educational visits, one-to-one tutorials, lectures and seminars.

Integrated English language study is available in all terms, helping to develop the academic skills required for studying in the medium of English. The course covers the following areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing and language development (vocabulary and grammar) as well as the chance to practise the English and skills learnt through the practical and theoretical tasks, assignments and projects in both semesters.

Teaching methods include studio work, one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical skills workshops. Assessment methods range from group presentations, essay workshops, tutorials and formative critiques. This course will develop your existing practical skills in your chosen subject to enable you to progress to MA level study. You'll also learn about British culture and public arts institutions, and study a range of current cultural and theoretical debates in the visual arts.

All full cost students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and progress to a UCA postgraduate course will receive a 10% discount on the standard listed tuition fee for the postgraduate course. If the tuition fees are paid in full before enrolment, an additional 4% discount is applied.

You'll receive opportunities to informally discuss points raised in lectures or seminars through personal tutorials. You'll also receive individual support and professional advice on personal and academic issues, including your next steps in your choice of studies or career. You're supported in applying to UCA for your postgraduate degree course, and can receive advice and guidance on visa applications and other pastoral matters.

Hao Ying Li
Hao Ying Li

"My experience on the course and the memories and things I learnt are way more than I expected. Every project and every trip all helped to build up my sense of art and critical thinking step-by-step. I will never regret studying on the course."

Dates & fees

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

February course: 

31 Jan 2022

16 Sept 2022

£15,540

£14,920

For full details about the term dates please see: www.uca.ac.uk/life-at-uca/term-dates/international/

If you choose to pay your fees in full before you enrol for your course, you will pay the discounted fee. If you choose to pay after you enrol, or pay in instalments, you will pay the standard fee.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

For this course you need an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component or an equivalent UK Visas and Immigration recognised qualification. 

How to apply

Apply online

All applications for this course should be made direct to UCA, using the online application form:

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