This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MA Live Event Design

The MA Live Event Design aims to offer you the opportunity to cultivate your own creativity and design approach, whilst developing your knowledge, understanding and critical insight into the principles and practices underpinning design, artistry and innovation within live events and wider creative industries.

Live Event Design

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

Backstage Academy

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The MA Live Event Design programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. Face-to-face delivery will take place at Backstage Academy on Production Park.

The programme seeks to provide students with a challenging, supportive and inclusive environment where students learn through praxis; combining critical thinking, practical experimentation and reflection. Depending on their eventual career direction, students may opt to explore a range of design areas or focus on a particular area of specialism (for instance, lighting, set/stage or video content design).

A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed, including (face-to-face or online) lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, guest speakers and masterclasses. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, online activities, assessment work and preparation for sessions.

The course includes three subject specialist modules and two modules that you will share with students on other postgraduate courses. During the course, students are encouraged to use their continuing professional practice as part of their research process and build on our close relationships with the live events industry; engaging in live projects and developing plans for new creative enterprises coupled with a higher level of academic study and learning.

This course is ideal for you if...

  • You are excited about the challenge of creating inventive and imaginative designs for contemporary live events.
  • You’re about to graduate from a BA/BSc course in a related area and wish to increase your employability and gain a competitive edge through an advanced qualification in your area of specialism.
  • You want to expand your knowledge and experience into live event spectacles such as arena and stadium shows.
  • You want to diversify from related fields such as theatre, media, art and design or architecture.
  • You want to change career direction to develop and establish yourself as a designer.
  • You have worked in the industry and are now looking to validate your experience with an advanced recognised qualification.
Highlights
  • This master's degree is designed to provide graduates and those with professional experience of working in the live events or related industries the opportunity to advance their knowledge, understanding and critical insight into the principles and practices underpinning design, creativity and innovation within the live events and creative industries.
  • It offers rigorous opportunities for advanced study, research and embedded practice led by specialists in the field that are focused to enable you to build, enhance and take ownership over your own creative practice.
  • Our team will support you to develop advanced critical and intellectual thinking and complex problem-solving skills necessary for building and delivering successful live events projects.
  • We'll encourage you to develop your own individual projects and projects in collaboration with students from our other postgraduate courses, culminating in your final negotiated masters’ project.
  • The MA is designed to help you develop focussed, transferable skills in negotiation, decision making, self-management and the management of others.
  • The course offers specialist professional and personal preparation for entry into the competitive world of the creative industries.
Key Features
  • The programme enables you to use professional working situations as part of your research and studies.
  • We offer you the opportunity to develop and deepen your skills, experience and knowledge of event design within a specialised institution situated within a global overview through the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy’s networks and links to the creative industries.
  • You'll have access to the unique commercial opportunities offered through Backstage Academy’s connection with Production Park and the range of live events businesses situated on the campus.
  • The programme provides opportunities to learn from qualified and professionally experienced staff and live events professionals/practices.
  • You'll have opportunities to initiate live projects independently or in collaboration with students from other postgraduate courses.
  • You'll benefit from opportunities to engage with research and developments at Backstage Academy’s new Research and Innovation Centre, XPLOR.
Professional recognition


  • You should have at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or five years’ relevant work experience.
  • If you hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, you may provide a transcript or other documentation that details your prior study. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate your professional experience via a portfolio of attested work. Please contact the programme leader to discuss your options.
  • If you wish to gain admission on the basis of five years’ relevant work experience, you’ll be required to attend an online or face-to-face interview and present evidence in the form of a portfolio of work and examples that demonstrate your suitability and aptitude for the course. The evidence should be presented in electronic format and attested by an independent person. The independent person could be a current or former lecturer or an employer who has a more senior role than yourself. The University is looking for candidates who can demonstrate a clear style and commitment to their professional practice and who will benefit from experiencing this area of study.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Graduates will gain a competitive edge as designers in the dynamic commercial world of live events and creative industries.

The programme will equip you with a range of transferable interpersonal and creative skills allowing you to capitalise on career opportunities that exist in a huge range of sectors – from live music and theatre to e-sports and corporate events, amongst many others.

It will also equip you with the necessary skills to progress to further postgraduate and doctoral study.

What can I do with this qualification?

You are a creative talent and the MA Live Event Design aims to hone your skills ready to achieve success in the commercial world of the creative industries.

This is a career-focused postgraduate degree that will support you to develop advanced knowledge and skills. The skills training is combined with the project-oriented creative education and will enable you to adapt and develop your practice throughout your future career.

During the course, we’ll also guide you to make clear plans as to how you will use your expertise to progress your career. As a graduate of this MA, you'll be well prepared to seek employment or promotion, or become self-employed using the professional skills you’ve developed as part of the course. This qualification also forms the basis for doctoral studies if you wish to pursue a career in academia or research and development.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Education and teaching
  • Arts and cultural leadership
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations
  • Sales
  • Community arts
  • Advising and consultancy

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
2020£9,250-£9,250
Useful information

This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before the end of the module. Module assessments typically involve written coursework, project work, oral assessments and portfolios.

Our team of academic and professional staff will use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you gain and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. You can expect practice-based enquiry, self-directed study, lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and work-based learning.

It’s important to realise that the time spent with a tutor during formally scheduled activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module. You’ll also be expected to spend a significant amount of time in guided independent study, such as general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. We are committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey. Over time, our guidance will purposefully become less structured and prescriptive. This will encourage you to develop confidence and independence in your studies and take responsibility for managing your own learning time as you increase in autonomy.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to help you achieve the overall aims of the curriculum, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as assessing your achievement, it helps to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.

The types of assessment you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments help in learning and developing knowledge and skills. Summative assessments, on which grades are allocated, reflect the quality of the learning that has been achieved. Formative assessment will take place via tutorial discussion, group workshops including peer and tutor review, and guidance on work in progress. Formative feedback will be provided face-to-face via discussion, online or in written form. Summative assessments consist of both practical and applied theoretical work. These will include a range of assessments including practical projects, written work, presentations and portfolios.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Enquiries Team
Backstage Academy

enquiries@backstage-academy.co.uk

+44 (0)1977 659880

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