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Event Management BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): N820
  • Start Date(s): September
  • Duration: Three years, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The methodical planning; the long hours; the people managing; the last-minute changes and challenges; followed by the relief and excitement as thousands of event goers go home satisfied. Event management can be a rollercoaster ride, and not for the fainthearted. We know, because at Confetti we do it day-in, day-out.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, study with us and you’ll get countless opportunities to work on real-life events through our industry connections and our very own commercial-facing live music and events venues, working with in-house expert teams and external partners.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

What you’ll study

You’ll work on a breadth of events; from music and comedy, theatre productions, to outdoor festivals, esports tournaments, community and corporate events. We work with the likes of Rough Trade, BBC, Just the Tonic, and artists and organisations from across the UK and wider.

Complementing all that real-life experience are regular insights from industry leaders during Confetti Industry Week and through guest lectures.

You’ll learn and work alongside performers, engineers, producers, designers and events specialists in a creative and collaborative eco-system.

Live Event Practice (40 Credit Points)

During this module students will undertake practice in design, planning and delivery of a range of live events. You'll work collaboratively with your peers and stakeholders to produce work across a range of small to medium scale events.

With Confetti owning its own events venues, you'll be able to develop essential skills in planning events such as live music gigs, live streaming, corporate and community events.

Marketing and Promotion (20 credit points)

Great marketing is the backbone to any successful event. Throughout this module, you'll study the underpinning theory and develop your understanding of marketing and promotion in live events.

You'll learn, explore and practice the necessary skills to carry out effective market research. Through theory and practice, you'll learn how to successfully market and promote an event, meeting the needs and expectations of the attendees and key stakeholders.

The Event Industry (20 credit points)

The event industry is fast paced and ever changing. In this module you'll investigate current trends and practices, keeping up-to-date with all the happenings of the local, national, and global events industry.

You'll explore your own strengths and weaknesses and develop your educational and career opportunities through taught and self guided projects.

Event Business Administration (40 credit points)

Proper planning leads to perfect performance! All event planners must be proficient and organised individuals.

In this module you'll learn and practice a range of important administrative, legal frameworks and planning skills that will assist in your personal development as an event manager and as an industry-wide practitioner.

Event Practice 2 (40 Credit Points)

This module will stretch and challenge what you studied in year 1. You'll develop your skills and knowledge in design, planning, delivery and management of live events to a higher level.

You'll study theory and carry out practice to a greater degree of complexity and responsibility. In doing so, delivering a wider more diverse range of events, each with their own unique and often complex needs.

Future You (20 credit points)

You are the key to your own success! In this module you'll investigate and develop your professional identity in terms of attributes, beliefs, values, motives, and experiences. You will develop professional integrity and a career identity.

This module encourages you to carry out research into employability and entrepreneurship, and you will analyse current industry practices, job roles and technical skills required in order to gain a thorough understanding of the events sector.

Throughout and during the assessment process you will actively partake in transformative practice, effective review and evaluation of yourself.

Event Research and Development (40 credit points)

Throughout this module you will focus on the research and development of events. You will experiment with event designs and progress your understanding of event success. In doing so, you will further expand your skills in event planning through more advanced techniques and processes to influence future event designs.

Emerging and Cultural Events (20 credit points)

This module will expand your experiences into the international and cultural event sector. You will carry out case studies and investigate the diversity in design and different nuances in delivery of such events. Part of this will involve visiting and experiencing events first hand.

Throughout the module you will reference the work with local and global sustainability in mind. You will also examine emerging event markets through research and theory led projects.

Developing the Practitioner (20 Credit Points)

The aim of this module is for you to examine the range and variety of creative working methodologies in order to develop your role as an event practitioner. Through research and theory, you'll gain a highly developed conceptual understanding of contemporary live event practice.

You will attend a series of practical workshops and seminars, the purpose of which will be to expand and challenge pre-existing ideas and perspectives. You will be offered or negotiate a client brief. The work will evolve collaboratively to produce an original and imaginative event or series of events.

At specific points during the process you will be expected to present your evolving concept with the justification of theoretical research, which will inform the assessment procedure.

Live Event Investigation (40 credit points)

In this module you will complete investigative research in your chosen event sector topic. The aim of this is to enhance your abilities in research led practice.

To establish yourself as a leading practitioner you need to have the ability to present research and associated data and analysis to stakeholder and industry professionals. Throughout this module you will be introduced to theoretical and practical concepts to achieve this.

Your Major Project (60 credit points)

This is your chance to shine and make your mark on the event industry. In this module you will individually conceptualise, design and deliver an event or events of your choosing. You'll complete every aspect of the event; from planning and promotion, right through to delivery and analyse.

You'll work independently and through effective teamwork and collaborations to achieve your highest level of work on the degree program and set you up for your future career.

How you’re taught

This course incorporates a wide range of teaching methods including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Reflection
  • Tutoring
  • Portfolio
  • Peer learning

The project-based learning and group activities form important elements of your learning, developing your ability to work in a team and enhancing your employability.

Industry Week

We also hold an annual Industry Week, the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
  • Kim Hawes – tour manager for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
  • Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
  • DHP - one of the UK's leading companies in the entertainment sector

Degree Show

It's not just music and events that we deliver at Confetti.

Take a look at some of the inspiring work our degree students from across all our creative subjects create each year.

Careers and employability

You’ll leave Confetti with a long list of contacts and the skills, knowledge and experience to enter the global events industry. You will have the skills to work in small, medium and large scale event design and delivery, independently or in employment.

Whether as a freelance or contracted event worker you will be able to provide support in administrative operations and provide assistance to professional teams.

You’ll be capable of working in a range of event-related roles, such as production manager, event officer, infrastructure manager, marketing officer, assistant event manager, and events coordinator to mention a few.

You will be equipped to apply your skills in networking, communication, administration and management across the wider events and entertainment industry, providing you with ample employment pathways.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Studying a degree at a popular university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large employability team.

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Campus and facilities

At Confetti, you’ll get to learn your trade in facilities that operate public-facing events every week of the year.

In Metronome you’ll find some amazing facilities, jampacked with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, and a 400-capacity venue. With its unrivalled reputation for the quality of its sound and visuals, it’s home to a commercial programme of live events throughout the year; from music to theatre productions. It’s the perfect space to develop your skills and connect with the pros.

Check out the facilities at Metronome.

Providing more event experience opportunities is Confetti X; a 14,000 sqft complex on the Confetti campus kitted out with world-class facilities and technology for esports and other emerging technologies. It’s here where you’ll have the chance to work on esports tournaments and a range of corporate events.

Check out the facilities at Confetti X.

Entry requirements

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.