CEC summer school

The Freelance Summer School is a four to five-week course of workshops and talks for active and aspiring professional freelancers organised by the University of Westminster’s Creative Enterprise Centre in collaboration with founder of Freelancer Club and University of Westminster Alumnus Matt Dowling.


Over five weeks, 12 selected participants actively pursuing professional freelance careers in any field will learn, practically develop and build their freelance business and have a well-rounded understanding of the key aspects of working successfully and sustainably as a professional freelancer. 

By the end of the course, each participant will have created their own brand including a visual brand identity, marketing tools such as a website and branded social media channels, and additional work in their portfolio to use as the foundation of their freelance business. 

The course will be delivered through: talks, practical workshops, access to tailored resources and materials, group discussions, individual and group feedback, with one-on-one consultations and portfolio reviews with experts. Students will be expected to undertake practical assignments in between sessions and present them to the group. The course will end with a final presentation of the work undertaken to an audience of industry guests and potential clients seeking freelance services relevant to course participants.

Subjects covered

  • Branding: Building and Strengthening Your Brand – How to Stand Out 
  • Your Portfolio: Managing and Presenting Your Work 
  • Collaboration and Networking 
  • Business Finance Planning and Pricing Your Services 
  • Marketing & Selling: How to Find Paid Work, Retain and Manage Clients 
  • Wellbeing & Resilience: Managing Stress and the Pressures of Freelancing 

Further information

Please read the programme overview and schedule.

Application instructions 

To apply to be selected to participate on the course please complete the application form.

The application deadline is 17 June at 5pm but applications will be reviewed and places allocated on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly advised.

For further information please contact: [email protected].

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