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Entertainment Management
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Entertainment Management

International Scholarships available

Overview

Discover a dynamic career with our unique insight into the workings of the entertainment industry. Entertainment is one of the most exciting sectors to enter and you will learn how to attract audiences to live events, media and visitor attractions.

Learning from industry professionals and experts, you will gain a valuable understanding of the entertainment industry and build contacts with potential employers. You will visit a number of entertainment venues and enjoy guest lectures from managers, agents and promoters. You will also be able to put what you study into practice through work placements and a live consultancy project.

Whether you want to specialise in music or nightclub promotion, marketing, or theatre or artist management, you will gain the employability skills and knowledge of the entertainment industry to help you fulfil your ambitions.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.
You will visit entertainment venues to go behind the scenes and see how a real venue is managed. By learning from leading experts you will gain a valuable insight into the industry and start to create a network of contacts to call upon after you graduate.

Our focus is on employability, entrepreneurship and building the skills to prepare you for the world of work. You will gain hands-on practical experience in areas such as organising your own live event, working on real industry projects and media development.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Sandwich year
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
BA Hons Entertainment Management Kate Whitehead
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Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
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BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Stuart Moss, Senior Lecturer
Play BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Jeanine Heinze, Student Video
BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Jeanine Heinze, Student

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 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.
Additional Requirements:
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 112 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:
Due to the popularity of this course, 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: 25 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.
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:112 points required. (Minimum 72 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.
Additional Requirements:
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 112 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:
Due to the popularity of this course, 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: 25 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.
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

Ben Brown

Careers

Ben Brown
Content Solutions Project Manager Global Radio

BA (Hons) Entertainment Management

“My course really laid the foundations for my career. A project working with the West Yorkshire Playhouse to market productions to young adults proved particularly invaluable. It gave me real experience of liaising with a client to come up with an effective marketing strategy, something I now do in my current role, working with clients to run powerful advertising campaigns that will be relevant for our listeners.

Teaching and learning

Discover the diverse entertainment industries and the issues that are faced by organisations within these industries. Your modules will combine vocationally-orientated teaching and learning with critical thinking and theory. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in your first and second years, and a range of option modules will allow you to specialise in the area of your choice. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study - the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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Develop your understanding and knowledge of the industry, its different sectors, the major players and the current issues facing each sector, providing the foundation for the later levels of the course. You will learn a range of business tools, get your first taste of managing other people and organising a live event, and learn video filming and editing techniques.
Overall workload
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288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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832 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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80 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
75%
Core Modules

Focus on a range of organisations within the entertainment industry from the media, live events and visitor attractions sectors. You will study major and local organisations, from both a UK and a world-wide perspective.

Gain a detailed understanding of the marketing techniques used by a range of music and entertainment industry organisations, and explore how they manage their relationships with customers and the world at large.

An introduction to the management structures and key roles and relationships within the entertainment industry, you will explore the changing role of the artist?s manager by examining specific case studies covering management roles within the music industry and the visual arts.

Explore the concepts of creativity and enterprise and analyse how the entertainment industry is based around personal creativity, invention, innovation and intellectual property.

Examine the relationship between young people, entertainment and cities. You will focus in particular on the leisure experiences and practices of young people (e.g. the consumption of entertainment) in order to understand what it means in contemporary culture to be 'young' and 'urban'.

Develop skills essential in the workplace, including leadership, problem solving, teamworking and written communication skills. You will also enhance your practical skills by undertaking a work placement in the entertainment industry (at least 80 hours).

Take the knowledge you gained in your first year forward and develop your people management and research skills. You will conduct primary research, enhance your interview skills, explore social theory, work in a group to plan and run a live event and undertake a work placement, all of which will enhance your employability skills and prepare you for your final year of study. You will study five core modules and choose one option module.
Overall workload
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286 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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834 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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80 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
20%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
27%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
53%
Core Modules

Effectively managing staff is vital to achieving success in the music and entertainment industries. This module will relate human resources theory and best practice regarding the recruitment and management of people in a diverse range of organisations and sectors, giving you the knowledge and skills to manage well.

Explore the relationship that music and society have had over the past century. You will look at a variety of social and political issues against a backdrop of music development, artist creativity and the rise of popular music genres.

An introduction to a range of social and cultural theory related to mass media, you will examine different explanations of media in contemporary societies from the emergence of mass media to information communication technologies and social media.

A year long module, in your first semester you will undertake an 80-hour placement and use your work experience to design a research proposal. In semester two, you will complete a reflective and analytical report based on your experiences.

Learn about the roles, skills and procedures required in the planning, promotion and production of live events. You will develop your understanding of the principles of originating and curating a live event, audience targeting, health and safety, budgeting, marketing research and contemporary marketing promotions.

Option modules may include:

Gain an understanding of the role and options available to music performers and music rights holders across different areas of the music industries, in order to gain income from their work.

Develop practical experience working with various music technologies in the areas of live sound reproduction, computer music production and field recording and editing.

Investigate the relationship between music and the moving image by designing and producing a music video.

In your final year, you will demonstrate your ability to work critically and independently. Your teaching will focus on developing you into a potential manager, with the ability to initiate, develop and implement strategic decisions. Option modules and your major independent project will give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of specific interest to you.
Overall workload
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144 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1056 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
13%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
79%
Core Modules

Build your knowledge of the contextual, political and economic issues affecting the arts and music festivals, helping you realise the broader context in which you will operate as a manager and the practical considerations of working in this area.

Work with an external client as a consultant in order to help them address a problem or issue. You will need to act strategically and apply the theory you have learned to solve this real-life industry problem.

Undertake a major project in a subject area of interest to you. Your project will involve substantive research and could take the form of a written dissertation, film documentary with accompanying written narrative or a curated event with detailed event plan.

Option modules may include:

Explore the significance of cinema as entertainment. You will watch and critically examine thought-provoking films, looking at how and why cinema appeals to us as consumers, and how films reflect the time and culture in which they are produced.

Study the theoretical context, political and social history, and contemporary issues surrounding the creative and cultural industries. This will be set against a backdrop of socio-political issues, economics, government agendas and ever-shifting cultural policy.

Build on your understanding of the functionality of the music industry and develop an ability to identify and analyse new business models, technological development and new revenue streams related to these.

A practical module, you will learn basic radio techniques, developing skills in recording and broadcasting audio and gaining an understanding of writing and programme content creation for radio.

Identify the technical, social and cultural factors that influence the production and consumption of contemporary music. You will explore a range of key theoretical frameworks and draw upon these to establish the context within which musical works, or genres, are situated.

Explore the historical context of community music and investigate the application of music across the broad spectrum of community arts. You will develop the skills necessary to plan, monitor and evaluate community music activities and be encouraged to contribute to a real-life community project.

Stuart Moss
Stuart Moss
Senior Lecturer
Stuart worked in hotels, telecommunications and tourist attractions before coming to Leeds to teach across a variety of courses in 2001. Since joining our University, Stuart has been actively involved in numerous research aspects of the entertainment industry and is currently working on innovative new ways to integrate technology, particularly social networking, into all aspects of assessment, learning and teaching.
We want our students to have a positive experience whilst they are here, and we want them to leave as developed graduates with a portfolio of skills which are needed by the industry.
BA Hons Entertainment Management Kate Whitehead
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
Play BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Stuart Moss, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Stuart Moss, Senior Lecturer
Play BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Jeanine Heinze, Student Video
BA (Hons) Entertainment Management - Jeanine Heinze, Student

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

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
  • 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

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (all books on your reading list will be available from the library but you may wish to purchase your own); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

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

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

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
  • 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

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (all books on your reading list will be available from the library but you may wish to purchase your own); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

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

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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