What is an Arts Business School?

Written by Katherine, Fashion Management & Marketing course leader at the UCA 

Creative Business University

Arts Business Schools are specialist institutions that are entirely creative. They are different to larger universities as they focus on creative environments, without having to share facilities with other subjects or disciplines. A creative university generates unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

Why study at an Arts Business School?

Arts school doesn’t always mean ‘art’ in the traditional sense. It does include Fine Art, and crafts, but it also includes other creative disciplines such as Computer Games Design, Creative Coding, Architecture, Journalism, Film, and Fashion.

What kind of coursework and exams are there?

Methods of assessment vary. In some instances, it will be entirely based on the student’s portfolio which can include creative marketing reports, social media campaigns, film and dissertations. There are also some courses which will included exams alongside coursework assessment.

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Arts Business Schools allow you to show off your
creative flair alongside your business brain. 

What degree can I get?

What qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements for creative business courses vary depending on institution, subject and level of study. For undergraduate degrees, universities can ask for A Level (or equivalent) grades or UCAS points. In some instances, they may also require candidates to have experience within the field of study, to supply a portfolio or to complete a foundation year of study.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

There are a variety of opportunities to study at a postgraduate level. Postgraduate courses available include:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • International MBA
  • Master of Architecture (March)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Research (MRes)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

What are the job opportunities?

Figures published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) show us that the UK’s creative industries are stronger than ever. Over 2.9 million people work in the UK’s creative economy, which is worth £84.1 billion.

There are a number of potential creative career paths including set designer, fashion stylist, app developer and 3D animator.

There are also more business focused careers still within the creative industries, such as fashion buyers, copywriters, art directors and trend forecasters. 

Why study at UCA’s Creative Business School?

Katherine Boxall

Choosing to study at UCA’s Business School for the Creative Industries ensures that you will be taught by lecturers with direct links to creative industries. These close connections help the courses keep pace with the latest industry trends, provide guest lecturers, and prepare you for professional practice.

Although it is a business school, there is still a strong emphasis on creativity, enterprise and innovation. Furthermore, it is ensured that all students develop the practical skills needed by creative industries from fashion and design to media and music.

Assessment is entirely portfolio-based with no exams. The courses also offer project based-learning with active exploration of real-world cases in the creative industries. We believe this is the best way of allowing students to show their skills, knowledge and creativity.

Students who study at UCA’s Business School for the Creative Industries will leave with practical knowledge, industry connections and good qualifications.