When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Alison Branagan
  • Course Code W21JWYA01B

What you will learn

This online course is for artists, designers and makers needing to understand the basics steps to start their self-employed practice or set up a creative business. We will explore how to get started, key legal issues, getting paid and how profit is taxed. Creative marketing, networking and promotional strategies will be explored with tight budgets in mind. The course will run for four evenings in the Autumn Term of 2021

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • confident about how to get your practice or creative business started.
  • Understand what to do before you officially register as self-employed or a limited company
  • Have a deeper understanding of some crucial issues such as invoicing, protecting your copyright and how your business income will be taxed
  • Be able to plan an affordable professional marketing campaign


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    There will be a number of short presentations accompanied by extensive handouts and useful mindmaps. During the course there will be some group activities and time for debate. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with a request for you to send a short paragraph about your current practice, design or making activity and the opportunity to send in some images of your work if available.

    Entry requirements

    This course is ideal for those who have started an arts or crafts practice, or wish to become a freelancer or set up their own business on a part-time or full-time basis. Equally if you have developed an interest in art or design, or have an idea for a creative business then this course will also be an ideal starting point.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The course is suitable for people at all stages, so if you are still studying, becoming more serious about a hobby, a recent arts or design graduate or have been actually trading for a number of months. The content of the course can work for students at different stages and can be appreciated and applied to your own situation. You will need to have good internet access. A Zoom link will be emailed to you before your class.

    What you need

    It would be helpful but not mandatory for you to have some examples, images or photographs of your art, craft, design work or creative product on both days of the course. Three to four examples e.g. jewellery, t-shirts, cushions, garments, furniture, ceramics, textiles, illustrations, paintings, sculpture, etc. Please have some felt tip pens, pen and notepad to hand.

    What you can do next

    After you have finished this course you may wish to consider further creative or professional development such as another short course at the college. Equally you might like to seek specialist advice from photographers, web designers, solicitors or other advisers. During the course you should have developed the confidence to get started or if recently established gain a deeper insight into the running of your arts practice, design or creative business.