Arts & Festivals Management* BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

UCA Epsom - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020, 2021

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS code:

N820

UCAS code for course with Professional Practice:

N822

Course overview

Learn how to run a successful arts venue or festival on our BA/ BSc (Hons) Arts and Festivals Management course, run from our dynamic and innovative Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA Epsom.

There’s a growing need for those with the skill to manage an arts venue or festival, not only in the UK but globally, and with the tools and experience gained through this course you’ll be equipped to meet that demand.

You’ll develop your understanding of business overall, how venues and festivals are organised and come up with ways to improve them both culturally and economically. Using our extensive facilities, you’ll learn how to analyse data, improve your organisational skills and become a confident communicator.

And you’ll also gain vital core business acumen – from accounting and finance, to marketing and HR - through a series of Business Seminars, which you’ll share with students from other courses across the Business School.

There are options to take industry placements and study abroad in the second year. You also have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course, see below for more details. 

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Course details

  • Year one

    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.
  • Year two

    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).
  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Professional Practice Year (if undertaken)

    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 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.

  • Year three

    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.
  • Fees and additional costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (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.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    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.

Professional Practice Year

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course.

You’ll spend two years learning with us, before putting what you’ve learned into practice through a year-long industry placement.

Our Professional Practice placements give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students nationally are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Throughout your placement, your course team will support you, making use of our extensive industry connections to help facilitate you to find about the right placement for you. On conclusion of the placement, you’ll return to complete your final year of study – applying what you’ve learned on the job. 

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.

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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Entry requirements

UK 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
  • 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.

International entry requirements

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

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

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

Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. We may invite you for an Applicant Day and interview so you can visit us, meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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