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Creative Industries Event Management - FdA (Foundation Degree)

Course Code: HE0039-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years

This course will equip students with a diverse range of skills required to engage with and manage creative and cultural events. All practitioners in the creative industries are finding that the ability to curate and manage events and activities is central to the development of contemporary art and cultural enterprise and business practice.

Key features

  • Industry-focused course
  • Projects include internal and external events
  • On-campus theatre providing wealth of opportunities
  • Design and media software and expertise

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Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Students will engage with a disciplinary approach that will consider the business and cultural context of the creative industries. They will develop a range of skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to complement their own areas of interest in the sector with a skills profile that will enhance their employability. Through the creative and collaborative approach, students will learn how to recognise and collaborate with individuals and organisations in terms of delivering successful projects from both a business model context and a cultural outcome.

Venues, events and activities where event management skills can be used include fashion shows, private views, exhibition and gallery openings, conferences, sponsorship and funding events, promotional events, talks, screenings and design product launches. Graduates can progress to the final BA year of a related degree.

Year 1 module list

  • Artists, audiences and venues
  • Industry, profession, regulation and standards
  • Theory Into Practice - Marketing (research and design)
  • Skills Profile (event management and production skills)
  • Event Practice 1
  • Event Practice 2

Year 2 module list

  • Marketing (communication and promotion)
  • Research Project
  • Start-ups and Entrepreneurship
  • Industry Practice
  • Negotiated Project

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either enter employment or progress to a one-year BA top-up course, either at the MET or at another university. Progression may be possible to BA courses at the MET such as the BA (Hons) courses in Music Business & Management, Theatre Arts or Creative Media Practice.

Potential careers

    • Portfolio worker (contract projects)
    • Venue or festival event manager
    • Gallery or museum event manager
    • Local authority events producer
    • Annual events manager (eg BAFTA)
    • Record company events manager

    The nature of employment in the creative industries is categorised by either working within an organisation or as a ‘portfolio’ worker.  Organisations that employ event management specialists are as varied as the different events and activities that are put on in the creative industries and could include museums, galleries, arts charities, venues, festivals, record companies, agencies, marketing or audience development organisations and could also include  support and service organisations such as the Arts Council England (ACE), Crafts Council, One Dance UK, Arts Marketing Association or the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).  Students from the course will be able to develop their careers either employed within these organisations or as ‘portfolio’ workers, with the skills profile to develop or pitch for project work or short-term contracts within the creative industries, working on annual events such as the BAFTA awards events or Glastonbury Festival for instance.  Events and activities where event management skills can be used could include fashion shows, PR events, conferences, funding events, promotional events, training and education activities, performances, talks and community events or managing creative events and projects in other sectors.

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