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Festivals and Events

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH24 or HH25 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

BA (Hons) Festivals and Events
School of Creative Industries
Campus or location
Newton Park and related sites in Bath
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH24 or HH25
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level at grade CCC, with a grade C required in Design and Technology, Theatre Production, Business, Economics or any related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Become multi-skilled and experienced in a wide range of related disciplines on our festivals and events course.

  • Work alongside industry professionals to gain practical experience in festivals and events.
  • Make professional connections while studying with our work placement programme.
  • Boost your career prospects and personalise your experience by tailoring the course to suit you.

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The UK events industry is worth over £42bn, and our dynamic festivals and events course covers all angles of this fast-growing industry.

BA (Hons) Festivals and Events puts you in control, and allows you to tailor your studies to suit your particular interests and career aspirations. In your first year, you can explore producing, production management, administration, stage managing, technical design and operation, project management, digital design, marketing, finance, health and safety, and sustainability, before selecting your chosen route through the remainder of the programme.

You'll develop a thorough understanding of the industry, plus practical experience and valuable contacts for your career. In your final year, you'll work on a number of professional projects, choosing those that are best aligned with the roles you wish to pursue after graduation. 

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What you'll learn


Festivals and Events recognises the evolving nature of this rapidly growing industry, as well as the growing demand for live staging, sound, lighting, and digital design practitioners to work together with project managers, producers and businesses. The programme’s digital engagement draws on the core principles of production management, design, and digital design, in-line with evolving industry practice.

We'll encourage you to map your progress through practical experimentation, practice and self-development, and business theories and models, as appropriate. You'll work on a broad range of festivals and live events, including music, theatre and public performance, as well as corporate and celebration events. As you progress, you'll map your own journey by selecting subject skills best suited to your abilities and personal interests.

You'll receive comprehensive training in all core practical areas of events and festivals production. You'll understand the need to work within Health and Safety regulations in order to ensure that all activity adheres to the best industry practice, in preparation for the workplace.

Course structure

Year one
Through a range of modules and projects, you're taught the introductory practical and theoretical skills in all areas of project and production management, business administration, lighting, sound, stage management, stage and digital design, and health and safety. You can choose to focus on business or production aspects from the start of the programme, or you can explore a blend of the two. Information, advice and guidance will be provided to ensure that you make the right decision for you.

Year two
In your second year, you'll explore your chosen areas of interest, to further develop your skills through practical projects and business briefs best suited to your aspirations. You’ll have the opportunity to explore marketing, social media, planning, operations, and digital design, and you’ll also be able to develop your technical production skills. You'll put your skills and knowledge into practice, working on a variety of collaborative events and festival productions.

Year three
This is a year of industry practice. You'll assume the kind of roles you have trained for to date, within live briefs and production events. Those students with a business focus will lead projects and work alongside student colleagues operating as "heads of department" in the operational aspects of the event. This will bring your management, organisational and practical skills to professional pitch. Sustainability and design principles will be considered. You'll also complete a four-week professional work placement to gain first-hand industry experience.

How will I be assessed?

Practical projects and written portfolios demonstrate your skills development, practical ability, critical reflection, and research skills.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught through practical and theoretical workshops and training sessions in facilities, venues, and locations that reflect best industry practice.

You'll work as part of a collaborative team on festivals and events productions, to allow you to put your learning into practice in preparation for this challenging and exciting industry.


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in locations around the world. The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the Erasmus programme.

We also have our own extensive network of international partners.

Field trips

In year three you’ll normally have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the National Theatre, or similar venue.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Glastonbury Festival, Arcadia Spectacular, Boomtown, Through the Rabbit Hole, The Theatre Royal Bath, National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Supplies, Bay Productions, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Welsh National Opera.


Our graduates have an impressive employment portfolio including working for world renowned professional companies such as National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Birmingham Royal Ballet, White Light, Boomtown, Wall to Wall television and Watermill Theatre.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at Newton Park and at Oldfield Park Theatre Workshop on Westmoreland Station Road near the centre of Bath: a multi-functional, fully-equipped production centre. Facilities also include Mac suites and a range of performance and site-specific venues.

Our productions are mounted across a variety of venues in the South West, and with many local professional partners, such as Bath Festival and our own in-house production company. There are also opportunities to support production work across the three Theatre Royal venues - Main House, the Ustinov Studio, and the Egg, all based in Bath.

Our students have also managed events at the Roman Baths, Walcot House, Bath Brew House, Green Park, St James Wine Vaults, the Methuen Arms, and Komedia.


As a Festivals and Events student, you’ll benefit from access to:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment in our performance and workshop spaces.


Our undergraduate fees for 2020/21 entry are not yet available. See current undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students and international students for reference. For some courses, material fees and additional costs for trips may apply.

We'll update this page as soon as we have more detailed information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiastic, dedicated, and hardworking students who want to maximise their practical, managerial, and creative potential in this exciting and challenging industry. We make final approval at interview, based on your portfolio and demonstrable interest.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC required in Design and Technology, Theatre Production, Business, Economics or related subjects.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in Theatre Production, Business or related subjects accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points required along with evidence of interest and/or experience in Theatre Production.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English language requirements for International and EU applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Applications for this course will open in September 2019. 

Please contact our admissions team for more information on applying for this course: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We like to see genuine experience and interest in at least one subject area linked to live events, festivals, or theatre production, including lighting, sound, stage management, production management, and scenic or digital design. This should be in a digital format or web link.

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Get ahead

You’ll already be actively interested in the festivals and events industry, and will be monitoring media coverage. For links to current industry issues, and to find out more about what our students are up to, follow @beautifulbizz.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leaders: Christopher Britton, Darren Hoad
Email: c.britton@bathspa.ac.ukd.hoad@bathspa.ac.uk

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