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Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Creative Event Design

Creative Event Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

Learn to create and analyse innovative and extraordinary event experiences, which produce powerful, inspiring and far-reaching impacts for both the individual and wider audiences around the world.

Rooted in the creative industries and blended with exciting and contemporary event-related research, this course will teach you how to captivate audiences by delivering interactive and meaningful event experiences that make you stand out as a leader in your field. From festival sites to corporate boardrooms, pop-up food markets to international film festivals, and from protest marches to cultural celebrations, you will learn the art of developing live event content at the cutting-edge of the events management world.

This course will draw on a number of different subjects, insights and approaches. These psychological, socio-cultural and political perspectives will allow you to challenge and examine a variety of theories and case studies related to the creative industries. You will explore experiential marketing and audience engagement strategies to corporate communications and discover how best to secure funding for your events.

Immersed in practice and designed with industry partners, this course will also teach you to challenge conventional modes of working and develop creative strategies, which will help you find your role in this exciting industry.

If you like creative places and people, are curious and open minded, focused and opinionated, and have a strong, creative and cultural interest in events, this course is for you. Whether you are just starting out on your journey into events or are already working in the industry, we will help set you up to deliver memorable experiences with confidence.

As a student, you will immediately join the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) network, a community of practitioners who have been delivering events management education for more than 20 years. Our specialist team draws together academics and industry professionals who have designed and developed dynamic courses that are informed by practice and research.

You will discover more about the thriving city of Leeds, where you will be given many opportunities to work and connect with a vibrant and creative events scene. Our vast array of industry contacts and rich alumni network will give you access to the festivals, corporate and cultural sector and you will be encouraged and supported to volunteer or work on events, giving you the chance to develop your professional skills.

Industry professionals and leading creative event experts will also be invited to speak with you, offering you their unique insights and allowing you the opportunity to network and develop your own professional contacts. Through these special events, you will learn about the wide variety of opportunities that this inspiring sector can offer.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Sandwich year
  • Expert careers service
  • University accommodation
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
School of Events Tourism & Hospitality Management Mission Statement
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School of Events Tourism & Hospitality Management Mission Statement
Creative Event Marketing Showcase
Play Creative Event Marketing Showcase Video
Creative Event Marketing Showcase
Professional Event Solutions Celebration
Play Professional Event Solutions Celebration Video
Professional Event Solutions Celebration

Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

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Careers

Teaching and learning

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course is currently being developed ready for the final content to be confirmed. This will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants from September 2019, subject to approval.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Core Modules
Events in Society

Engaging Audiences

Creative Event Design

Professional Events Practice

Event Planning

Creative Event Studies

Core Modules
Event Law & Business Planning

Live Event

Content Design

Option modules may include:
Elective choice (Festivals, Corporate, Creative Entrepreneurship)

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Core Modules
Major Project

Event Policy, Power & Governance

Event Futures

Creative Communications

Option modules may include:
Innovative Fundraising, Event & Dissent

Dr Julia Calver
Dr Julia Calver
Course Director
Julia has worked extensively in the arts sector, both operationally in festival and arts management as well as strategically developing creative partnerships between the creative and education sectors at Arts Council England. She continues to run festivals and is Chair of Saltaire Inspired, the arts event organisation based at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire.
Events can provide unique and compelling moments in time for people and places. On this course, you will learn how to design and deliver your own creative ideas and how to maximise the impact your events have on a wide range of audiences. In doing so, you will take traditional events management to the next level, drawing on cutting edge events research and industry led assessments.
School of Events Tourism & Hospitality Management Mission Statement
Play School of Events Tourism & Hospitality Management Mission Statement Video
School of Events Tourism & Hospitality Management Mission Statement
Creative Event Marketing Showcase
Play Creative Event Marketing Showcase Video
Creative Event Marketing Showcase
Professional Event Solutions Celebration
Play Professional Event Solutions Celebration Video
Professional Event Solutions Celebration

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.
The tuition fee rates for undergraduate applicants, commencing their course in the 2020/21 academic year, are yet to be set at this time by the UK Government. We expect these fee rates will be set in October 2019. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2019 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Residential experience
    (Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be provided.)
  • Access to guest lecture programme

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement costs 
    (Travel costs dependent on location.)
  • Field trips / site visits 
    (Cost will depend on location accessible by public transport. Anything beyond local will have travel provided.)
  • Final year academic poster
    (Approximately £16 – this will replace the cost of two spiral bound dissertations.)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Study abroad option
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Event industry associations student membership
    (A range of event industry associations offer student membership fees. Costs for each association will vary.)
  • Live event module
    (You will be encouraged to plan seed events to cover event start-up costs.)
  • Replacement DBS Certificate
    (Should you need a DBS certificate for your placement and you lose your original, you will be charged £44 for a replacement.)
  • Additional qualifications
    (Opportunities may be provided for undertaking additional certifications, such as Personal Licensing or Event Safety Passport. Further opportunities may be provided to undertake additional qualifications either directly or through the Event Society / Students’ Union.)
  • Event attendance
    (Opportunities are provided to attend events beyond the curriculum. Cost will depend on location and ticket price.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 202021 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2019. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2019 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Residential experience
    (Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be provided.)
  • Access to guest lecture programme

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement costs 
    (Travel costs dependent on location.)
  • Field trips / site visits 
    (Cost will depend on location accessible by public transport. Anything beyond local will have travel provided.)
  • Final year academic poster
    (Approximately £16 – this will replace the cost of two spiral bound dissertations.)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Study abroad option
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Event industry associations student membership
    (A range of event industry associations offer student membership fees. Costs for each association will vary.)
  • Live event module
    (You will be encouraged to plan seed events to cover event start-up costs.)
  • Replacement DBS Certificate
    (Should you need a DBS certificate for your placement and you lose your original, you will be charged £44 for a replacement.)
  • Additional qualifications
    (Opportunities may be provided for undertaking additional certifications, such as Personal Licensing or Event Safety Passport. Further opportunities may be provided to undertake additional qualifications either directly or through the Event Society / Students’ Union.)
  • Event attendance
    (Opportunities are provided to attend events beyond the curriculum. Cost will depend on location and ticket price.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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