Arts and Festivals Management

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.

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Reasons to study Arts and Festivals Management at DMU:

  • Arts and Festivals Management
    is the longest running degree course of its kind in the UK
  • Excellent links with industry organisations
    including Universal Music 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 our 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 Dame Zandra Rhodes, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and artist Grayson Perry
  • European cultural city visit
    includes the opportunity to take part in a week-long research project
  • 100% of our Arts and Festivals Management 
    graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • International opportunity
    through DMU Global where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
  • You'll study with professionally-active academic staff
    hear from Senior Lecturer Jennie Jordan as she discusses the business of festivals

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.   


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N820

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition 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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade 4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement)

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Running and Promoting a Venue
  • Creative Arts Manager: Policy and Practice
  • Cultural Events Design
  • Cultural Leadership

Second year

  • International Research Project
  • Research Methods: Dissertation
  • Research Methods: Placement
  • Programming and Planning Festivals
  • Arts and Communities Project
  • Engaging Audiences

Third year

  • Creative Enterprise and Advance Placement
  • Dissertation

You will take the above modules and choose from:

  • Arts Management Studio
  • Music Industry Management
  • Event and Festivals Management


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 20 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.



We have a wide range of contacts with arts organisations including Festival Republic, the Leicester Comedy Festival, Curve Theatre 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. 


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers



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.   


DMU Global

The aims of DMU Global 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 DMU Global. 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. 


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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