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BSc (Honours) International Events Management with Arts and Entertainment

Gain industry recognised qualifications and help run events in theatres, music and outdoor venues.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N8W9 Course code

Course description

This course teaches you how to become a professional international events manager, specialising in arts and entertainment for a modern international business environment. A core strength of the course is the development of professional attributes of future event managers. By studying events theory, arts policy and practice, alongside gaining realworld experience, you learn what it takes to plan and manage memorable and successful events.

You study a range of topics relating to event planning and delivery, as well as specialist arts and entertainment topics, including • the international arts and entertainment industry • the arts and cultural event experience • managing, art, music and entertainment productions • managing festivals and outdoor events.

How you learn

You learn by taking part in seminars and workshops, by attending lectures and by completing projects. Field trips, site visits and work with organisations help to bring your learning to life with practical examples.

From year one, you have access to work experience opportunities across various event sectors. In year two, your employability skills are embedded through our Applied Event Operations module where you undertake work experience guided by personal tutors.

In the final year, you conceptualise, create and run your own live Arts and Entertainment Event. Past students have delivered fashion shows, unplugged events, exhibitions and music festivals.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

After year two, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. Salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Industry-recognised qualifications

We support students to constantly build their employability skills. Through the course you have the opportunity to gain your BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal License Holders and to work towards your Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited Event Safety Management Certificate to further enhance your CV.

An expert teaching team
Our lecturers have significant practical experience within both the arts and entertainment sectors and broader events management and will help guide you towards valuable industry work experience.

Members of the team have worked in areas including • arts venue management • licensing and safety at major outdoor festivals • weddings • music touring • business events and conferencing • brand promotion and marketing • research • film premieres • award ceremonies • recreation and leisure.

The team also leads the Event Management Hub, a professional national community of events practitioners through which we conduct research and consultancy for industry. This unique venture allows us to feed our research into the teaching we deliver to you.

Guest speakers
Our links with industry mean that you can also hear from a wide range of guest speakers. Previous guest speakers have included Martin Green – London 2012 organising committee LOCOG • Simon Graveling – Athens 2004, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 • David Jamilly – Theme Traders • Jon Hughes – KPMG.

Event associations
As a founder member of the Association of Event Management Educators (AEME), we were involved in establishing academic benchmarks in events education. We also have strong links with key events associations such as Eventia.

Our academics keep up to date with industry needs and trends, which in turn feeds into and benefits student teaching and sets the standards for events education throughout the UK.

Professional recognition

The event safety management vocational qualification, which forms part of the leisure and risk module, is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement, an interest in and awareness of events management or closely related disciplines or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies

Or

• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

2018 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement, an interest in and awareness of events management or closely related disciplines or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies

Where an applicant has not taken AS Level qualifications we may make a lower offer.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• the international arts and entertainment industry • marketing communications • principles of event management • business analytics • academic and professional skills

Year one options

• the Eventscape • foreign language

Year two core modules

• the arts and cultural event experience • applied event operations • event law and risk management • the international business environment • people and organisations in context

Year two options

• managing arts, music and entertainment productions • managing festivals and outdoor events • foreign language (available only as an additional module)

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core modules

• the live arts and entertainment event • arts and entertainment in society • strategic management for events • the international events manager • strategic event creation • research project

Final year options

foreign language (available only as an additional module)

Assessment
  • coursework
  • examination
  • group projects
  • simulations

Employability

After graduating from this course, you can take advantage of the growing demand for graduates to manage • festivals • business conferences • weddings • sporting events • venues.

Recent graduates are working for • Natural History Museum London • Beacon Festival • The National Trust • National Arboretum • Live Nation • Showsec Security.

Many organisations use event managers including • local authority leisure centres • music venues • hotels and conference centres • charities • leisure and sports venues • law firms • financial organisations • pharmaceutical companies • automotive companies.

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

In 2014, events accounted for 35% of the UK visitor economy and by 2020 will make an estimated total contribution of nearly over £50 billion to the UK Economy.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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