What is the Creative Industries Foundation Degree: Music Event Management & Production?
“A ground-breaking degree course that teaches real-life business skills, practical expertise and management for the creative industries.”
Creative Industries student, 2009/10
A two year degree level programme in Creative Industries at City University, London in connection with a major London venue, the Roundhouse. Successful students have the option to progress to a ‘top up’ 3rd year for the BA Hons Creative Industries award.
Launched in 2008, this highly innovative course equips you with the practical skills, knowledge and experience of working as a creative practitioner in the live events entertainment sector and the broader emerging Creative Industries markets.
Music Event Management, Technical Production and Digital Media come together in this hands-on course designed to give you the practical knowledge and skills needed for a career in the Creative Industries and the live events sector, while studying for a degree. Learn how creative businesses run while developing your particular areas of expertise.
The course is run in conjunction with the Roundhouse in Camden – a world renowned live performance venue – there are opportunities for putting on events throughout the programme, culminating in the staging, programming, promoting and filming of a major event in the main space at the Roundhouse as the 2nd year major project.
During the course, you will develop the skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial skills needed to get a job, start a business or work as a freelance event producer or independent practitioner. You are involved in live event management and production at all stages across a range of formats, in professional venues, where you focus on the technical, practical and professional skills involved in event management and production.
Students on the programme are provided with the following opportunities:
a) breaking the ‘cycle’ of no professional experience
b) brokering relationships with employers and potential employers
c) identifying appropriate career opportunities and strategy
d) developing marketable and current skills
e) understanding professional practice and contexts
f) utilising a diverse peer group as a learning resource and emerging professional network
g) guaranteed access to BA honours third year after successful completion of the Foundation degree
Course Structure –
The Creative Industries Foundation Degree: Music Event Management and Production
The programme consists of work-based learning, professional skill development and academic and independent study. It is currently offered as a full-time 2 year programme with teaching concentrated over 2-3 days.
The Creative Industries Music Event Management and Production FD covers how to plan, organise, produce and stage live events, including festivals, concerts, awards ceremonies and exhibitions, it also includes electives on how to use broadcasting resources to serve specific communities.
These practical skills are highly contextualised through learning about the political, economic, legal and ethical frameworks of the creative industries, enabling you to apply knowledge to real situations through your assignments and projects whilst working in a professional setting.
The live music sector is an expanding market within the UK music industry and therefore provides career opportunities for appropriately skilled and experienced people. This is the first UK Higher Education course dedicated to offering industry relevant skills and knowledge for live music event management and production.
This practice-based programme involves students in live event management and production across a range of formats including concerts, live performance, festivals, award ceremonies and the cultural strands of sporting events. The programme will develop highly-skilled, versatile, reflective and professional practitioners who will be able to secure employment within the live music or event management sectors.
Music Event Management and Production electives:
The programme delivers technical live production skills, including live sound engineering alongside the entrepreneurial skills essential for securing work as a freelancer or independent event manager or producer.
Creative and cultural industries knowledge is applied to real situations through live assignments and projects in professional settings. Students will experience and learn about every aspect of production, presentation and management of live music events including staging and promoting small, medium and large scale events during the course. At the end of the programme all students will take a key role in the production of a major event at the Roundhouse, Camden, which will be recorded, broadcast, marketed and documented.
Digital media and broadcast production skills electives:
Blogging, streaming, pod-casting and participating within on-line communities such as face-book, you-tube, my-space are providing the impetus for new voices, new perspectives, and new journalism . Public access to cheap digital technology and internet platforms has unleashed the potential for unmediated new voices to be heard, new networks to form and new career opportunities to emerge.
There is a huge demand for both talent and high quality content. In response to these opportunities, these electives will develop multi-skilled, versatile, reflective and professional content providers who will have a distinct advantage in the area of live events and digital media.
These electives deliver technical production skills for radio, TV and web-sites alongside the entrepreneurial skills essential for securing work as a freelancer or independent producer. Political, economic, legal and ethical frameworks of the media are applied to real situations through live assignments and projects in professional settings. Students will experience and learn about every aspect of production, presentation and management of community media including the building of web-sites and content creation. At the end of the programme students will take a key role in the coverage of a major event at the Roundhouse, Camden, which will be recorded, broadcast live through internet streaming, marketed and documented.