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About the course

Develop essential hands-on experience in festival design and management right from your first year, on this highly practical festival management degree.

With strong links to the industry and a huge range of opportunities to build your experience on real-world projects, the course is ideal for anyone looking to carve out a career in the dynamic, fast-growing festival and events industry.

You can gain industry and practical experience designing and delivering live events for real clients through our in-house events management agency, Solent Works. Student-led and student-run, the agency is your chance to get a real taste for the industry after you graduate.

And you will have plenty of other opportunities to develop your professional connections, too. The course team has strong local employer and organisational links, giving you chances to work on cultural, music and arts events across Southampton and the region, such as the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Solent events students are in high demand, working with key industry leaders in festivals and events management; past examples include LiveNation, Festival Republic, and the BBC, with students regularly working at Glastonbury and other nationally recognised festivals. 

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Practical industry experience through designing and delivering live events as part of the course, right from the first year

What does this course lead to?

The festival management degree will give you a highly valued range of skills that can lead directly into festival management as a career, into event and project management positions, or into careers with charities, local councils or heritage sites looking to engage with their communities.

You may also consider being a freelance self-employed event manager running your own events as many of our alumni have done in the past. Whether you wish to join a large established event company, support a community charity or work independently; this course will give you a strong foundation to choose your own path.

And the problem solving, teamwork and communication skills you will gain are highly transferable, setting you up well for careers in general management and customer service.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s festival management degree is ideally suited for those interested in developing their event management skills with a focus on festivals in all their diversity – from music, to arts and culture, to food and sport. If you are looking for the creativity to design or run your own festival and events, then this is the course for you.

There is no requirement to have previously studied festival or event management, but a desire to learn more and an interest in culture and events is essential.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

There will be some embedded day trips and an international trip where travel and, for international trips, accommodation is covered by your course fees. Additional expenses such as meals outside the itinerary, incidentals such as refreshments and souvenirs are at your own expense, as is travel to and from the departure point.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Tourism and Event Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 
Placement year  4 years  Apply 

Event and Tourism Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Placement year  5 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Academic and Employability Skills for Festivals, Events, Air and Tourism
  • Marketing for Festivals, Events, Air and Tourism
  • Introduction to Festival and Event Management
  • Introduction to Organisations and Finance
  • Experience Design
  • Introduction to Festival and Event Delivery

Year two

Core modules
  • Festival and Site Management
  • Applied Staging
  • Managing the Festival Vision
  • Festivals, Events, Air and Tourism Research Skills
  • The Outdoor Festival Industry


  • Marketing Through Festivals and Events
  • Bidding, Funding and Managing Stakeholders

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Festival and Event Management


  • Dissertation for Festivals, Events, Air and Tourism
  • Consultancy Project
  • Festival and Event Industry Specialisations
  • Understanding Festival and Event Tech
  • Business Start up
  • Professional Accreditation

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Joanne Hooker academic profile Joanne Hooker Head of Subject View profile
Dr Pavlos Arvanitis academic profile Pavlos Arvanitis Senior Lecturer View profile
Pilar Garrido-Sanz academic profile Pilar Garrido-Sanz Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Sajid Kazmi academic profile Sajid Kazmi Lecturer View profile
Alberto Amore academic profile Alberto Amore Lecturer View profile
Melenie Archer academic profile Melenie Archer Lecturer View profile
Matt Sanger academic profile Matt Sanger Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The course is classroom based, but the assessed festivals and events take place in suitable venues in the Southampton area.

Students are encouraged to make use of the 24 hour library throughout their studies. The library features a fully networked resource centre equipped with both Apple and Microsoft workstations and a selection of private group working spaces.

A strong and dynamic industry - there are over 7000 major outdoor events in the UK, and the value of the leisure and hospitality sector is £42.3bn to the UK alone (with festivals making up £1.1 bn). Having a degree in this field allows you to tap into this expanding and economy boosting sector.

Your future

This degree prepares you for graduate level employment in festival management, event management, project management and general management.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Festival and event planner
  • Festival and event manager
  • Site manager
  • Production manager (experiential)
  • Pop-up experience manager
  • Operations manager
  • Key client relations manager
  • Cultural planner

Industry links

The course has extensive connections in event and festival management, as well as associated media companies, and we strongly believe in giving you every opportunity to take advantage of those connections.

Thanks to our guest lecture programme you will regularly be able to meet and network with speakers from across the industry who will share their experiences with you. And we regularly offer live briefs where local services, events organisers and businesses liaise with students on a project, offering real world opportunities and valuable consultancy experience.


Placement is not compulsory, but we strongly encourage students to utilise their contacts to gain experience.

Past students had exciting CV-enhancing paid placements at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds, Reading, Latitude, Download, Elrow and Mela Festival in 2019.

Further study

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