University of West London

Course Introduction

Are you dreaming of starting a design studio or similar creative enterprise? This course will teach you how to build a design-focused business from the ground up. If you work for (or have experience with) a design studio or creative start-up, you will find this course especially useful.

The course has been developed to complement the incubation of a business. You will cover research and analysis, the application of knowledge in entrepreneurship, governance and operations, plus innovation management and negotiation.

You will undertake a work placement in a relevant business, which will help you to develop the key attributes of a successful professional, such as independence, entrepreneurship and negotiation skills.

Personal tutors, project supervisors and mentors from the design industry will support you as you work on case studies and briefs.

If you consider yourself to be creative, then you already have one of the essential traits of a successful entrepreneur. Your creativity may help you with building a business plan and solving unique problems, but you will also need to think about how to get new clients, how to maintain creativity in business, engagement via social media and much more.

This course will give you:

* the opportunity to develop an industry-aligned design business

* a collaboration with a range of design industry partners

* the opportunity to establish a network of industry connections

* valuable peer relationships

* entrepreneurial skills.

The course has a placement unit in the first semester, in which you will work on a work placement, internship or a ?live? freelance brief. You will be able to learn in an exciting and dynamic manner, alongside established industry practitioners in live situations in studios, galleries and on collaborative projects both in the UK and abroad.

For your final project, you will have the chance to apply the knowledge gained throughout the course to develop a robust business plan. This project will then be used to launch your creative initiative, which could be anything from starting a design agency or launching an app prototype to securing funding for a fashion brand.

You will have one-to-one sessions with your supervisor in the run-up to your assessment at a pitch event, which will be in front of a specialist panel of relevant industry experts and academics.

On this course, it is essential that you have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and other industry specialists. We will encourage and support this group work element. A high degree of self-starter motivation is also required and this will be fostered through one-to-one tutoring.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,000 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,900 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,900 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) in fashion, design, media or other relevant subject. This course also offer students a place based on relevant experience or training, normally from within the work environment and required to attend an interview.