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Creative Events Management

Creative Event Managers conceive, plan and deliver all kinds of events throughout the creative industries, from pop-ups to large scale music festivals.

Course Information

We’re looking for people who want to push creative boundaries, challenge perceptions and set the agenda for commercial photography.

Festivals, theatre productions, exhibitions, pop-up events and multi-media events need creative, energetic and well-organised people to make them a reality. On this course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to conceive, plan and manage successful creative events.

Creative events are the product of teamwork involving people from a wide range of backgrounds and interests working together. A unique aspect of this course is that you'll work with fellow students each year to devise and deliver a live creative event. You’ll discover and develop your own specialist interests and have the satisfaction of seeing the events you organise go ‘live’ in front of an audience. Our work placement unit in the second year allows you to put these skills into practice in an industry setting. You'll be surrounded by a wealth of creative talent and will have the opportunity to work with creative practitioners and external clients in the events world.

You'll also learn how the cultural industries operate, and develop skills in digital technology and business planning. Our graduates have gone on to use their skills in organisation, management, and marketing in festival production companies and in many of the top digital businesses, such as Spotify. They also work in multi-platform marketing and events companies, fashion businesses, world-class museums, and leading charities. Through theory, technique and practice, we’ll help you to develop as a successful creative events manager, with plenty to offer the arts and creative industries. You’ll also develop an entrepreneurial mindset and how to attract and speak to a fashion market.

Our staff are inspiring teachers, researchers, industry practitioners and technicians who are all here to support you with your studies and help you to achieve outstanding outcomes.

We believe that high quality creative practice and innovative creative management go hand in hand. The management and production of events requires an inventive approach, strong organisational and business skills as well as a well-embedded knowledge of creative values and processes. We therefore prepare our students for career opportunities in an expanding employment market. In response to continually evolving industry needs, students are equipped with a set of core competencies which are consolidated and developed through rigorous testing in research, analysis, criticism and practical realisation.

On this course you gain experience and knowledge from your peers by working on projects that develop your creative and technical skills, whilst establishing the team working and collaborative practices, essential in this industry. AUB’s range of specialist art and design courses help provide the seedbed for the creative approach to event planning that's increasingly in demand within the sector.

Level 4 (first year)

As a student on this programme, you’ll be introduced to the ideas, theories and policies that underpin creative practice, as well as the historical and social contexts which have shaped them.

In your first year, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to conceive, plan and manage successful creative events.

You’ll be introduced to the arts industries and the way they operate with guest lectures from specialist speakers. You’ll examine the legal and policy frameworks that influence the types of cultural products we enjoy and enhance your knowledge of leading edge artistic practices.

Live Events are usually team productions working to a tutor devised event brief. You'll form small production teams and, with tutor supervision, plan your first live events which will take place in the second half of the year.

These provide a practical focus for the application of knowledge and skills acquired from all strands of the course, but particularly build on the management tools and legal framework introduced earlier in the year.

Taught classes and workshops are reinforced by visits to practitioners and exposure to performances and exhibitions.

Level 5 (second year)

At Level 6 we expect you to take responsibility for your own learning, and challenge you to think conceptually and strategically about your chosen profession.

The ‘Strategy and Management’ unit requires you to act as a consultant and examine strategic management and development issues through the prism of live case study. You’ll learn how to turn business principles into practice by writing a business plan for an AUB creative practitioner or a new creative organisation of your choosing.

Two extended pieces of work demand sustained commitment: independent research leading to your Dissertation and the conceiving, planning and production of a major arts project to a brief of your devising.

Level 6 (third year)

At Level 6 you are expected to take considerable responsibility for your own learning, and are challenged to think conceptually and strategically about a selected professional pathway. The Strategic Planning unit requires you to examine strategic management and development issues through the prism of a live case study. In Major Event Planning, you'll learn how to write detailed event plans and budgets as part of your own pitch for a live creative event of your own design. Two extended pieces of work demand sustained commitment: independent research leading to your Dissertation and the conceiving, planning and production of a major event produced as part of a team.

All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons). However, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you'll automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.

For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.

For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.

For the award of a BA (Hons) you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.

A BA without Honours may be awarded if you've achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.

Our team are specialists in disciplines that span the industry and have worked in the cultural and creative industries. You can read more about their experience by browsing their staff profiles below.

Phil Beards

Phil Beards

As Course Leader and Principal Lecturer, Phil has over 30 years experience teaching in Higher and Further Education...

Chris Huxley

Chris Huxley started his career in student and fringe drama before going on to fulfil many and varied roles in arts management ranging...

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Cathy John

Cathy John is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory and Policy on the Creative Events Management BA (hons) course...

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Carol Maund

Carol Maund is a part-time Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) degree for Creative Events Management.

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Live Events

Each year you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners and external clients to develop and produce live events. In your third year, you'll work on an ambitious major event, putting all your acquired skills and knowledge to the test.

Sometimes event managers have to work around unforeseen circumstances and this year has been no exception. Due to current circumstances, students have cleverly adapted their physical events to work online.

How to apply

Once you've found the perfect Undergraduate course, you can apply to study via UCAS, including direct entry applications to second and third year.

When applying through UCAS, use the institution code A66. All of our courses take place on one site, so we don't have a campus code. We'll then use your completed UCAS form to make decisions about your application. You can find out more on entry requirements in our apply section.

When you apply to one of our courses, it's important that you help us get a good picture of both you and your work – so you'll need a great personal statement. We want to know more about why you're interested in the course, your key influences, and what you hope to do after your studies.

If you're invited for an interview, many of our courses will ask to see a portfolio of your work so we can get more insight into your ideas and abilities. To help you, we've created guidelines outlining what we expect from your portfolio for each course.

Fees and Funding

The fee that you pay the Arts University Bournemouth provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course.

You may also choose to buy some items of personal equipment such as a laptop or tablet computer, but this is not required; desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.

Studios and Resources

You’ll learn in flexible spaces with the very latest in digital technology.

We provide all the resources that you’ll find in an events business. You’ll be able to work with equipment sourced specifically for your live projects, including lighting, sound, projection, staging and exhibition materials.

Student gallery

Creative Events Resources

Students will have access to the resources that you’d expect to find in a real events business.

Inside a Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatres and Seminar Rooms

We have a number of lecture theatres and seminar room scattered around campus to assist students with their studies.

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TheGallery

Our in-house gallery, TheGallery, is a major resource for contemporary art and design in the South of England

Teaching and Learning

The course objectives are met by deploying a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including live projects, lectures, seminars, group critiques and tutorials.

In consultation with the Course Leader, staff are responsible for co-ordinating individual units of study, and for selecting appropriate methods of delivery, according to subject matter and student experience. The methods employed introduce you to the disciplines required of a creative practitioner and promote the development of transferable skills.

The study time allocated to each unit in the course incorporates a balance of formal teaching, tutorial support and independent learning. The course is structured progressively to provide increased opportunities for independent learning as you reach the later stages of the course.

Teaching is directed at supporting individual engagement in learning and there will be opportunities for you to work in teams to enable you to learn the value of peer co- operation.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials are by team members, as appropriate, in the creative environment of the Creative Events Management course spaces.

A Learning Compass has been developed from the course aims. The Compass follows 4 major themes:

Create, Collaborate, Produce and Progress

The themes are linked by a series of statements taken from the course aims. It's intended that the compass will allow you to navigate your way through the course and onto your chosen career paths. This will allow you to easily interpret the aims of the course and their relationship to learning.

The progressive promotion of independent learning reflects your anticipated maturity as a student and allows you to direct your learning towards individual goals. The teaching in Level 4 is directed at providing you with the knowledge, concepts and skills to take increasing responsibility for the management of your own learning.

Contact hours include all scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. In line with national guidance, we include in our calculation of contact hours all the time which is scheduled in the studio for independent study which is also supported by staff (either academic staff, or technicians).

The information provided below gives the proportion of your study time which constitutes contact hours. Where there are optional routes through the course, we have used the figures for the most popular option.

Year 1 (% time) Year 2 (% time) Year 3 (% time)

44

45

43

Assessment and Feedback

Each unit is assessed separately, and the assessment forms part of the unit. Assessment both provides a measure of your achievement, and also gives you regular feedback on how your learning is developing.

For every unit of your course, we'll inform you of what you are expected to learn, what you have to submit, how your work will be assessed, and the deadline for presenting your work for assessment. This is made available through Unit Information, which is on your course blog.

You'll receive a final mark for each unit in the form of a percentage, which will be recorded on your formal record of achievement (transcript). Each component of assessment is graded using a notched marking scale, whereby only certain marks are used within each grade. The only marks available within any ten-point band are *2, *5 and *8 (e.g. 62, 65, 68). These marks correspond to a low, mid, and high level of achievement within each grade band.

The University has agreed that, during 2019/20, it will run a pilot project. This will mean that on some courses, one unit at Level 4 will be assessed on a Pass / Fail basis only, with written feedback but no numerical grade. If your course has been selected for the pilot, your Course Leader will tell you this, and the details will be clearly expressed on the Unit Information Sheet.

All learning outcomes must be passed to successfully complete the unit.

On successful completion of your Honours degree course, you'll be awarded a degree classification based on your unit marks. The final classification is determined using all unit marks at Levels 5 and 6 using two different algorithms, which are detailed in the HE Student Regulations. If the two algorithms produce different results, you'll be awarded the higher class of degree.

If you've joined Level 6 through either the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route or having completed a Foundation Degree (FdA), the final classification is determined using only your unit marks at Level 6.

For further information on assessment, progression, awards and classifications, please visit viewpoint.aub.ac.uk.

What Our Graduates Are Doing

We're proud to have been ranked second in the Times University League Table for Graduate employment within the Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism subject area.

Many of our Graduates have gone to do incredible things, such as running festivals like Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Boomtown and The End Of The Road Festival, working at venues like London’s Roundhouse and working for companies like Spotify and ITV.

Our students can be found in all parts of today’s creative industries. Here are just a few:

  • Marketing and Communications Executive, Spotify, London
  • Director and Co-owner, Secret Productions, London
  • Festival Manager, End Of The Road Festival, London
  • CEO & Founder at Firefly – Clean Energy, Brighton
  • Future Producer, Watershed, Bristol
  • Development Officer, Royal College Of Music, London
  • Street Circus Co-ordinator at The Roundhouse, London
  • Production Manager, Continental Drifts, London
  • Sales and Event Manager at Lock 17 and Dingwalls, Camden
  • Events Officer, Kings College, London
  • Museum Public Events Executive, RAF Hendon Museum, London
  • Music Office Administrator, Boomtown Fair, Bristol
  • Awards and Events Assistant, Women in Film and Television, London
  • Event Manager at Bedlam, Bournemouth
  • Producing Intern at The Rose Theatre, Kingston

Where are our Graduates now?

Suzi Dent

Senior Event Manager at the Royal Parks, London...

Jimmy Creegan

Jim Creegan

Co-founder of Jimmy's Iced Coffee...

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Eleanor Mottram

Head of Programme, Coventry City of Culture Trust 2021...

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Jo Vidler

Creative Director, Elrowfamily, Barcelona...

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Robin Collings

Co-founder and Producer, Shangri-La Glastonbury & Production Manager, Boomtown Fair...

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Andrew Harding

Agent/Producer and Managing Director, Andrew Harding Management...

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Poppy Handy

Managing Director, Port Eliot Festival & Area Coordinator, Worthy View Glastonbury...

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Lucy Woodbridge

Head of Visitor Events, Natural History Museum...

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Rosie Leo

Marketing & Events Co-ordinator at Krowji, Cornwall’s Creative Hub...

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Ruth Newman

Ruth worked on the opening ceremony for the New Louvre in Abudhabi...

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Lauren Townsend

Programming and Producing trainee, Sheffield Theatres & Committee Member, Stage Sight (led by UK Theatre)...

BETH NEALE

Beth Neale

Account Executive, Exposure Promotions...

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Holly Brooker

Marketing Manager, Spotify...

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James Brennan

Founding Director and Promoter, Red Rooster Festival; General Manager and Production Manager...

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Natalie Davies

Project Manager, ITV experiences...

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Melissa Inman

Senior Events Officer, Arts and Events, Bristol City Council...

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Andrew Spackman

Senior Lecturer and course director for BA (Hons) Illustration and Graphics, Coventry University. Experimental electronic musician...

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Nicholas Bartlett

Artist, Art Director, Creative Production Manager...

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Vashti Waite

Executive Director, In Between Time (live arts company)...

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Giorgia Garancini

Student Union President, Arts University Bournemouth...

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Tara Phillips

Music Programme Coordinator, Boomtown Fair...

Violet McClean

Violet McClean

Senior Gallery Officer/Curator, The Gallery Arts University Bournemouth...

Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas

Programme Manager, Cause 4...

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Louise Giadom

MA Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition student at National Film and Television School...

Trips and Visits

As part of your course, you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips. Previous trips have included:

  • Berlin
  • London
  • Salisbury

*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs

Due to the current travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it is unlikely that any trips will be planned in the first half of the new academic year. We will follow Government advice as soon as it is available for the remainder of the year.

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