Performance & Production Arts | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Production Arts - Festival and Event Management | Level 3 | Northbrook College

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Course Code: FE0339-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Extended Diploma in Performance & Production Arts Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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Festivals and events come in all different shapes and sizes and can be found in venues from theatres and stadiums, to fields and beaches. This exciting course will help you to plan, promote  and produce events in the theatre, art and music sectors. You'll work alongside our venue coordinators to learn through real world scenarios to promote, manage and curate exciting projects and to develop industry networks.

Our industry-experienced teachers will develop your management skills through projects, research and practical experience, at venues including our own professionally equipped theatre. The year culminates in a three week creative arts festival in which students take on key roles in planning, management and coordination.

This Level 3 Diploma leads directly onto the second year, the Extended Diploma, where you will further develop your event management understanding and specialist skills, and gain the experience needed to progress to university or seek employment.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on one of the MET's Level 2 courses such as Performing & Production Arts.

Entry requirements

Course content

Course topics include:
  • Promotion and marketing 
  • Funding and logistics 
  • Legal and safety requirements 
  • Research and critical awareness 
  • Planning and project management

Why this course?

  • The course takes a hands-on practical approach to Events Management, with students learning a range of skills relevant across this dynamic industry.
  • Course staff have regular involvement in the contemporary Events industries.
  • Good opportunities for work experience with local festival organisations.
  • The course offers a unique experience in multiple departments on the campus, working in Music, Theatre and the Art/Media departments.

Of the 2nd Year students who completed the course in 2021, 70% went on to study at University in related courses, and 30% went into full time employment.

Pre Covid, the UK Events Industry was a growing sector, contributing billions to the economy. As lockdown eases, there is every reason to believe this trend will continue: in 2019, 34 million people attended music events in the UK.

Why this course at the MET?

The course is taught by expert tutors with professional industry experience. Northbrook College is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.

  • Learn in a creative environment at a dedicated arts campus 
  • Practical experience in our on-site professional theatre 
  • Fantastic facilities reflecting industry-standards
  • Links to industry and further progression
  • Our close proximity to Brighton and London - both offering a wealth of theatre experiences

The MET's Theatre Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting theatre scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential. Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.   

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the theatre courses running alongside music and art & design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Further study

After completion of the Diploma (year 1), progress to the Extended Diploma (year 2).

After successful completion of the Extended Diploma you can progress to university-level, either at the MET or at other universities.

Future careers include:

  • Event manager
  • Concert promoter
  • Theatre marketing/PR
  • Festival organiser
Further study

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here. Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan
You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Course is free if you meet the following criteria
If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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