This course is designed to enable you to develop a career in the arts and festivals sector but also combine your studies with either Dance or Drama.
Arts and Festivals Management is the longest running degree course of its kind in the UK (established in 1979) with an excellent reputation for the quality of its graduates amongst employers in the industry
The course has excellent links to the industry giving you top quality teaching from industry practitioners as well as invaluable opportunities for volunteering and internships
You will have the opportunity to organise and run your own venue within the Leicester Comedy Festival, and then run the nationally recognised week-long Cultural Exchanges festival
Joint honours degree courses allow you to study two different subjects, 50% of one subject and 50% of another
You will draw on a range of interdisciplinary skills from teamwork, marketing and management theory, to fundraising, business planning, licensing, health and safety, programming and cultural policy.
The course equips you with the practical tools and skills to become leaders within the cultural arena in theatres, music venues, galleries, museums, festivals and many more.
UCAS course code:
Arts and Festivals Management and
Duration: Three years full-time/six years part-time
Institution code: D26
Interview required: Yes – for Arts and Festivals Management and Dance only
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.
Typically, a module will consist of a one hour lecture, and a one hour seminar. For 30 credit modules these will take place weekly. It is expected that each 30 credit module will require a total study time of ten hours per week; of which eight hours per module will be individual guided work.
Assessment is a combination of practice based assignments, such as case study presentation, group work and practical exercises, and academic assignments which will include essays, reports, and exams.
Select two from the following:
Joint honours degree students will study choose available modules from 50% of one subject and 50% of another.
*As a Joint Honours student you can choose to do your dissertation in Arts and Festivals Management or your other subject.
The Arts and Festivals Management staff combine a solid foundation in industry and education with significant international experience and research profiles with national bodies such as the British Arts Festivals Association and Arts Council England. The core staff team have professional backgrounds in directing arts festivals, theatres and arts centres, cultural policy, art, visual culture and heritage, the music industry, marketing and audience development, arts programming, management, regeneration and artist support projects.
In addition, this degree benefits from input by a broad range of arts practitioners such as music industry specialists, promoters and a variety of other specialists as visiting lecturers.
Arts and Festivals Management has a wide range of close industry contacts such as Festival Republic (organisers of the Latitude, Big Chill, Leeds and Reading festivals), Leicester Comedy Festival, De Montfort Hall, the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and many other national and international organisations. These professional links provide a challenging and stimulating environment for our students.
You will have the opportunity to engage with different cultural products throughout the course, through running and promoting a festival venue in the first year and practical placements in the second year. In addition, third year Arts and Festivals Management students participate in the running of the high profile DMU arts festival Cultural Exchanges.
There are many career opportunities open to our graduates. You might work in a building-based arts organisation. For example our graduate Hayley White is now director of Hoxton Hall in London. You may be more interested in working in a freelance capacity, perhaps staging one-off events or festivals like our graduate Gareth Hughes who has set up his own successful events management company, or working for a large festival organisation as Laura Hellard did with Glastonbury.
You might want to be involved with developing and implementing policy on a strategic level like our graduate Katie Smith who was appointed events co-ordinator for the Culture Company, helping to deliver the programme for Liverpool ‘08 Capital of Culture. The diverse opportunities that will be open to you on graduation do have one thing in common: they demonstrate that our graduates are desirable professionals who are successfully meeting the challenges of a dynamic sector.
UK/EU Fees: £9000
International Fees: TBC
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As well as all the facilities you would expect we have a dedicated resources room with access to phone, computers and printers from where the various practical projects can be planned and delivered.
For more information please contact:
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7555
Arts and Festivals Management students have the exciting opportunity to run Cultural Exchanges| – a week-long festival of performances, discussions, debates and exhibitions that allows students of all years to actively participate in events management, providing you with the practical skills to significantly enhance your employment prospects. Previous guests have included Germaine Greer, Alan Moore, Trevor Nelson, Ken Loach, Michael Billington, Honor Blackman, Meera Syal, Billy Bragg, Alastair Campbell, Sue Townsend, Bonnie Greer, Grayson Perry and Matthew Bourne.
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