BA (Hons) International Festival & Event Management With Language

Undergraduate, Full-time

International Festival & Event Management With Language BA (Hons)



Our course lets you specialise in French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language

Overview

Home to spectacular festivals and major events such as the International Festival, Fringe and Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Edinburgh attracts travellers and tourists from around the world all year round, making it a great place to study International Festival & Event Management with a language.

You'll learn how to plan, design, market, operate and develop events, as well as how these events can be used to help local economies and communities. You'll also study a European language which will prepare you for working in an international environment.

With the opportunity to study abroad, this course offers excellent preparation for your career in festival and events management.

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

N8R8

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

Festival and event management is a global business. The course combines a sound knowledge of the dynamic field of festival and event management with studying languages to give you a head start in dealing with international clients and artists, putting you a step ahead in your career.

You'll benefit from studying in the heart of a city rich in culture and creative industries. Events, tourism and hospitality businesses flourish here so you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain industry experience and make contacts via live project and part-time work.

You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad through our international exchange links.

You'll develop practical event management skills as well as a broad range of management techniques that can be applied to other industries. You'll also gain transferable skills in research, academic writing, communication and interpersonal relations, presentation and time management.

We offer tuition that is supported by highly experienced teaching staff and strong industry links.

This course contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.


Lead Academics

David Jarman came to Edinburgh to study his undergraduate degree, a period during which he combined study with summers spent working at the Edinburgh festivals. Through the early years of the century David built up his festival experience, completed an MSc, and travelled. This provided a great platform on which to develop his academic teaching and research career with Edinburgh Napier, from 2007 on.

Gary Kerr is a Lecturer in Festival and Event Management in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, where he lectures students on International Festival & Event Management degree programmes. Gary has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick and is completing his second PhD at the University of Salford on the social, political and cultural dimensions of science festivals in the UK. As part of his research, he has interviewed over 30 UK science festival directors. He has worked in numerous roles with various festivals including Staff Manager, Event Manager, Venue Manager, Production Coordinator, Creative Producer, and Creative Director. He was Stage Manager for the Olympics & Paralympics Homecoming Parade (2016).

Internationally, Gary has held the role of Quality Controller of the Innovator Festival (UAE) and Local Content Manager and Producer of the world-leading Abu Dhabi Science Festival. In these roles Gary consistently provided his clients with ongoing feedback on the quality of the festival's content and ensured consistency in the delivery of a high quality festival. Gary teaches at up to 20 universities across the UAE each year and is a Visiting Professorial Teaching Felow at The University of Warwick

Dr Jane Ali-Knight is a Professor in Festival and Event Management and a Visiting Research Professor at Curtin University, Perth. She is currently leading and developing the festival and event subject group as well as lecturing at Universities internationally and facilitating training and development in the field. Her core activities fall into three main areas: event and festival related programmes; research and publications and conferences and professional events. She is currently a board member of BAFA (British Arts and Festivals Association), Without Walls, Vice Chair of Women in Tourism and is a Fellow of the HEA and Royal Society of the Arts.

Dr Martin Robertson's career in academia followed his professional development and managerial experiences within the areas of conference organisation, tourism, travel and economic development (private and public sector). He has maintained his contact with the industry environment through Business Events and Conference Management and through Art Festival logistics and also through event resilience and leadership research. This drives his continued desire for a learning, and teaching experience - alongside subject related research, that is professionally and socially useful. 

Martin’s concern for teaching and learning application and excellence has been successfully applied in his roles over the last 20 years as an academic. Most of those years have been spent in leading roles for degree programmes, both as a faculty wide Director (3 years) and for 15 years as Programme leader (PL). Currently he is PL for MSc Business Event Management.

Dr Louise Todd is a Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc International Festival and Event Management. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts and Royal Anthropological Institute. Louise’s research interests lie in tourism, cultural events, art, experience design, visual culture and marketing communications. She has published her research in journal articles, book chapters and presented at international conferences.

Louise has experience in designing and delivering research dissemination and public engagement events and activities on a national and international basis. In August 2017, she was invited to present key aspects of her research into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and its stakeholders as a public performance during the Fringe. She has also been involved in the design and development of Knowledge Exchange and CPD activities, including an externally funded Executive Programme she co-delivered in Singapore to members of the Tourism industry. The content of this was informed by her co-authored published research. 


  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures, workshops, seminars, overseas study at partner institutions, conversational Language sessions. Online resources include lecture slides, reading suggestions, podcasts, wikis, videos and more.
  • note and pen Assessments Essays, reports, presentations, projects, portfolios, exams, multiple choice tests, practical events, industry/client pitches, wikis, and more.
  • study abroad Study abroad

    Study Abroad is compulsory for all students studying French, German or Spanish as their main language and will take place in a country in which this language is spoken. It is possible to choose to Study Abroad for a whole year.

    Only students whose main language is English as a Foreign Language may, with the agreement of the programme leader, choose to remain at Edinburgh Napier during the Study Abroad period. You would then study the appropriate English as a Foreign Language module plus another two modules.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to International Hospitality Tourism and Events
  • Intercultural and Organisational Management
  • The Business of Festivals & Events
  • Two Language modules

Year 2

  • Festival & Event Design and Delivery
  • Event Management
  • Facilities Planning for Hospitality
  • Tourism and Events
  • Two Language modules

Year 3

  • Planning and Public Policy for Festival & Events
  • The Management of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Events
  • One Language module
  • Study Abroad, or one Language module

Year 4

  • International Festival & Event Environments
  • Two Language modules
  • Dissertation

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC to include the language* to be studied.

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include grade B in the language* to be studied

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include the language* to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include the language* to be studied and grade C2 in Ordinary Level English. OL Maths recommended.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include the language* to be studied and grade O4 in Ordinary Level English. OL Maths recommended.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit).

A Level grade C in the language* to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include grade 5 in the language* to be studied.

Grade 4 in SL English.

SL Maths recommended.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include the language* to be studied.

Grade 6 in English.

Maths recommended.

Scottish HNC

Other HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a B in the graded unit is achieved.

To include SQA Higher grade B in the Language to be studied. The language qualification must be completed within the past 2 years. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Recent graduates have taken up a wide variety of employment and study opportunities, reflecting the breadth of the festival and event industries.

  • International sporting events, such as London 2012, Glasgow 2014, Baku European Games
  • Conference and events management for city centre hotels
  • Exhibition management for diverse clients across multiple destinations and venues
  • Work with cultural and artistic festivals, both within teams and independently
  • Further study in business related subjects
Edinburgh Napier University student at an Edinburgh festival event