Self Promotion For Creatives (Online)

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This popular online course is essential for anyone who desires to make a living from art, design, photography, image-making, or other creative activities. It focuses on vital marketing, promotional and presentation skills, in person, in print and online...

Taught by: Alison Branagan.


This popular online course is essential for anyone who desires to make a living from art, design, photography, image-making, or other creative activities. It focuses on vital marketing, promotional and presentation skills, in person, in print and online. To guarantee success as a creative practitioner or business you have to network, keep in touch with trends, build your profile, write statements, pen marketing copy, social media content, and generate imaginative publicity for your venture.

You also have to present a selection of visual, moving image, audio, and written materials for editorial and digital media use. Another important skill is constructing and presenting proposals to gain commissions, contracts, or crowdfunding. Practical assignments will improve confidence in presenting yourself or projects and ideas to investors, sponsors, or audiences.

Course Schedule
(8 live sessions online: 1.5 hours per session)

Session 1
In this session we will explore the first steps to networking in the arts and design sectors; including how to network, getting it right, the importance of professional bodies, online showcasing and social media.

Session 2
The aim of this class is to discover more about the art of self promotion covering a wide range of topics from printed marketing materials such as business cards and leaflets, CVs, biogs, photographs and gaining editorial coverage.

Session 3
During this workshop you will understand more about how to write a unique selling point or tag line, a personal profile, marketing/copy prose and take steps towards developing a professional artist or designer's statement about your 'creative strategies'.

Session 4
In this class we will explore the important subject of market research and future trends. This will help you to think more clearly about what you are doing and who your clients, buyers, commissioners, collectors, patrons, or customers are.

Session 5
After this talk you will know how to plan and manage a marketing campaign in the media for an exhibition, fair, product or business launch, new collection or show. We will also explore what sponsorship is and how to write a proposal or letter to a potential sponsor.

Session 6
The objective of this talk is to raise your awareness of Intellectual Property Law and the importance of protecting your brand in the market place. We will cover the key business name regulations which apply to anyone who lives in the UK, thus enabling you to trade legally.

Session 7
This seminar is all about attracting media, audience and gaining the attention of a potential client by creative marketing and devising imaginative publicity stunts.

Session 8
The final session provides an overview of presentation skills, understanding the mind of the client and how to sell.

City Law for Silverman Sherliker LLP is pleased to offer 1 hour's free legal advice to course delegates on Self-Promotion for Creatives online.

Additionally, for concept and idea protection Creative Barcode offer a free 20 minute Q & A with CEO Maxine Horn on Skype and a massive discount off of its IP protection product including IP Tags, registration of work, file transfer service and much more. Available only to course attendees.

London Art& Design PR expert Alana Pryce is also pleased to offer a 2 hour exhibition/event media advice session for £75.

What past students are saying about this course:

'Having just completed 'Self-Promotion for Creatives Online'  I'm brimming with ideas which I have captured in a marketing plan designed to  spring board my career as a a professional artist.'- Martyn C.

'Self-promotion for Creatives Online' has given me the  confidence I needed to go forward and finally establish my  own company. I recommend this course to all ambitious artists and designers  who feel they need to be set in the right direction.'- Layal C.

'Self-Promotion for Creatives Online' is an excellent  course that gives a valuable insight to the business side of a creative  profession and offers good ideas on how to promote yourself. Alison Branagan  is very helpful in answering questions and giving feedback. The course is  keeping me motivated, as well as helping me reflect on my future direction.  Overall a very useful course and highly recommended!'- Zhi Ling  L.

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Tutor information

Alison Branagan MA IC FRSA’s publications include 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers', and 'A Pocket Business Guide for Artists and Designers' both published by A & C Black, 'Making Sense of Business' (A no-nonsense business skills guide for managers and entrepreneurs, published by Kogan-Page). For more information and to view over one hundred student testimonials go to and


You will need for the first class:

  • A copy of Alison's book (optional, but strongly recommended 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers' Revised and Updated).

For the first session please make sure you have a pen and a notepad to hand.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
13/02/2017 - 03/04/2017Monday13:30 - 15:008 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket
06/04/2017 - 25/05/2017Thursday18:30 - 20:008 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket
08/05/2017 - 03/07/2017Monday10:00 - 11:308 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket
15/06/2017 - 03/08/2017Thursday18:30 - 20:008 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket