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Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)

Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)

Arts and Festivals Management is a contemporary, visionary course which will prepare you for employment in the quickly expanding and dynamic markets of the cultural industries.

Overview

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Reasons to study Arts and Festivals Management at DMU:

  • A top five course for graduate prospects
    according to the 2016 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • Excellent links with industry organisations
    including Festival Republic and the London South Bank Centre, provide you with top quality teaching from industry practitioners and invaluable opportunities for volunteering and internships
  • Glastonbury, Paul McCartney’s management company Quest
    and major art organisations are all employers of recent Arts and Festivals Management graduates
  • Links with the Leicester Comedy Festival
    gives you the opportunity to organise and run your own venue
  • DMU's Cultural Exchanges festival
    allows you to take part in and run this annual week-long event which has included guest appearances such as DJ Trevor Nelson, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and artist David Shrigley
  • European cultural city visit
    includes the opportunity to take part in a week-long research project
  • Arts and Festivals Management
    is the longest running degree course of its kind in the UK
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Arts and Festivals Management is an applied subject where you develop an understanding of academic debates and demonstrate your practical skills through projects and two practical placements in your chosen arts sector. The course structure allows you to develop your interests and specialise as you progress through it.

You will develop a range of interdisciplinary skills such as teamwork, marketing and management theory, fundraising, business planning, licensing, health and safety, programming and cultural policy.

The course will equip you with the practical tools and skills to become leaders in key areas of the cultural arena, including theatres, music venues, galleries, museums and festivals.   

Scholarships:

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Arts and Festivals Management (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Dance (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Performing Arts BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N820

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Student loan information for EU students joining in September 2016.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.

Interview required: Yes

International students

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, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Industry

 

First year

  • Running and Promoting a Venue
  • Creative Arts Manager: Policy and Practice
  • Perspectives in the Arts
  • Cultural Leadership

Second year

  • Changing Agendas in Cultural Policy and Politics
  • Research Methods: Dissertation
  • Research Methods: Placement
  • Creative Management: Finance and Law
  • Art, Culture and People
  • Engaging Audiences


Third year

  • Creative Enterprise and Advance Placement
  • Dissertation

You will take the above modules and choose from:

  • Media Industry Management
  • Music Industry Management
  • Event and Festivals Management

Structure

Practical modules are also delivered via workshops in our dedicated events office and the venues where the events are taking place. They entail group meetings and supervised sessions for planning, preparation and delivery of your events above and beyond the timetabled classroom teaching. This includes individual preparatory time for the week-long the European research trip as well as for your own individual placements.

Assessment is tailored to the module contents and learning objectives and in Arts and Festivals Management this is predominantly coursework – essays, reports, critiques; finance exercises; case study analysis; group work - practical work/reports/presentations and a final year dissertation. Two level 4 modules have exams.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 8 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 29 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Overview

We have a wide range of contacts with arts organisations including Festival Republic, the Leicester Comedy Festival, De Montfort Hall and the London South Bank Centre.  

Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team, and the faculties Advice Centre where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries, and any other questions you may have about your course.

Each year Clephan hosts DMU’s Cultural Exchanges festival, run by our Arts and Festival Management BA (Hons) students. The festival features a variety of guests and speakers from the cultural and creative industries and previous guests have included: Germaine Greer, Honor Blackman, Alastair Campbell, Nitin Sawhney, Andrew Motion, Alan Yentob, Alan Moore, Meera Syal, Ben Okri, Louis De Bernieres, Trevor Nelson, Grayson Perry and Matthew Bourne. 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Our course has delivered a vast amount of placements ranging from Glastonbury Festival and Live Nation to the O2 Arena, The Royal Albert Hall, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Business Design Centre, Syco Entertainment, SBTV, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the BBC.

Some of the exciting placements our students were involved in this year include working on the PR for Record Store Day, producing and programming events at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool and marketing The Spark children’s arts festival in Leicester.  They also embraced international placements including producing the year-long celebrations for the European Capital of Culture in Paphos, Cyprus 2017 as well as planning the logistics for the Outlook Festival, Croatia with the NVS Music Group.  One of our joint honours dance students worked on co-ordinating events within the Lets Dance International Frontiers festival, including a performance by the legendary company Urban Bush Women from New York.   

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#DMUglobal

The aims of #DMUglobal are embedded throughout the course. In year one you have the opportunity to promote a venue as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival, working with diverse artists and audiences. In year two the european research trip provides you with the opportunity to undertake an international visit to a major european city supported by #DMUglobal. In year two you also deliver an event or festival within Leicester’s culturally diverse communities.  Placements in years two and three provide further opportunities for international experience. In year three delivering the Cultural eXchanges festival provides an additional insight into interacting with artists, audiences and communities from different cultural backgrounds. 

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Graduate careers

There are many career opportunities open to our graduates from arts organisations to the events and festivals industry to even working in film and TV.   For example Matthew Russell is Executive Producer at The South Bank Centre, Claire Van der Zant is Business Director for Ingenuity, (business consultants for brands and agencies), Saskia Collins is Artist Liaison Manager for Save the Children, Adele Robinson has won a coveted place on the graduate scheme with the prestigious Ambassador Theatre Group, Amisha Karia is Head of Collections and Paintings at Paintings in Hospitals, Charlene McManus is a Company Director for Debbie Allen Associates Management (who look after Sue Perkins and Bradley Walsh) and Dan Jones has set up his own successful company Festaxi, counting Festival Republic among his clients.

 

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Cultural Exchanges festival

Cultural eXchanges 2016 guest Paris Lees, writer, broadcaster and passionate campaigner for better media representation of transgender people. A festival of ideas, insight and inspiration; 

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Leicester Comedy Festival

You will have the opportunity to become part of the Leicester Comedy Festival in your first year at DMU

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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