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Phoebe Fox, UCA Epsom

Arts, Festival and Cultural Management BA/BSc (Hons)

Arts, Festival & Cultural Management BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

Course overview

If running an arts venue or a festival sounds like your dream career then our unique BA/BSc (Hons) Arts, Festival and Cultural Management degree course will give you the tools and skills you need.

The entertainment and performance sector is experiencing year-on-year growth, with the ever-present need for escapism, whether that be through comedy, theatre, music, spoken word or dance.

This course, run by our Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA Epsom, introduces you to the fast-moving world of events and promotions, where no two days are the same and you will find yourself working alongside creatives and performers, as well as industry executives.

You’ll gain an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes to stage an event – be it a local multi-arts venue or a major music festival such as Glastonbury – and how logistics, programming, ticketing, staffing and catering come together to create a unique experience.

You’ll build knowledge of the increasing role played by social media and digital communications in the marketing and publicising of events, and how new technologies are changing the face of performance – from immersive and interactive theatre to holograms and virtual reality.

Please note - this course is subject to updating and has previously been named BA/BSc (Hons)Arts & Festivals Management.

Length of study 3 years full-time or, 4 years full-time with Professional Practice Year
Campus Epsom
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code N820
UCAS code for course with Professional Practice N822
Course details

Course details

Please note, this course is subject to updating and the unit information is provided as a guide.

You’ll be introduced to the various aspects of arts and festivals management, learning how to design an experience, ensure it’s safe and how to cater for different consumers. You’ll also take part in the shared Business Seminars, giving you a chance to interact with several other courses at the school.

The units covered are outlined as follows:

  • Introduction to Festivals
  • Running and Promoting a Venue
  • Understanding Consumers
  • Business Seminar I
  • Designing a Venue Experience
  • Cultural Management: Policy and Practice
  • Managing Safety and Experience
  • Business Seminar II.

Please note, this course is subject to updating and the unit information is provided as a guide.

In your second year of study you’ll decide whether to continue your course under the banner of BA, or take the BSc route. You’ll cover units appropriate to each, continue your Business Seminars with others students and you’ll have the option, if you want, to take an industry placement or study abroad.

The units to be covered are outlined as follows:

  • Cultural Leadership
  • Business Sustainability and Ethics
  • Programming and Planning Festivals
  • Business Seminar III
  • Audience Engagement and Development
  • Business Seminar IV
  • Industry placement (optional)
  • Study abroad (optional). 

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note, this course is subject to updating and the unit information is provided as a guide. 

Your final year will see you continue your shared Business Seminars with other students, investigate the current trends and issues surrounding modern arts management and learn about fundraising and start-ups. You’ll conclude your studies with your final degree project.

The units to be covered are outlined as follows:

  • Current Issues in Arts Management
  • Fundraising for Arts Venues and Festivals
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Business Seminar V
  • Venue and Festivals Start-up
  • Business Seminar VI
  • Degree Project.

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for September 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs, the details for September 2022 will be available here in due course. 

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

The UCA Business School for the Creative Industries, based at our Epsom campus, is the first of its kind in the UK. There’s dedicated studios and study areas, digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs which are programmed with specialist software including Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver and After Effects. There’s a modern library with a wealth of books and thanks to its location, many collaborative opportunities with students from other courses.

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Business School Studios, UCA Epsom

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Business School Studios, UCA Epsom

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Library, UCA Epsom

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Digital media suite, UCA Epsom

Course connections

Course connections

The course will enable you to pursue a range of careers including:

  • Graduate Schemes
  • Entrepreneur
  • Product Buyer
  • Junior Manager
  • Production Team Lead
  • Postgraduate Study.

Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We offer postgraduate opportunities in our Business School and we will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline for 2022 entry is 26 January. If you are applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

UK Applications

International Applications

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline for 2022 entry is 26 January. If you are applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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