Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)

Arts and Festivals Management is the longest-running degree course of its kind in the UK and boasts enviable industry links.

Course details

Whilst deepening your understanding of academic debates, our course will equip you with the practical tools and skills needed to become a leader in key areas of the cultural arena, including theatres, music venues, galleries, museums and festivals.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

We will teach you to become an adept problem solver, with the ability to provide dynamic solutions within this continually changing and diversifying sector. You can choose to specialise in digital arts management and get practical experience of online event delivery, tackling the real-life challenges of engaging audiences in increasingly new and innovative ways.


Entry requirements

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points or
  • T Levels Merit
  • Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.
  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.
  • We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.
  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above
  • Interview required: No


During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career. 

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

Previous placements include producing and programming events at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, planning the logistics for the Outlook Festival, Croatia with the NVS Music Group and co-ordinating events within the Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival. 


You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, talks by visiting lecturers from the creative and cultural industries, seminars, workshops, tutorials and self directed study. Practical modules are also delivered via workshops in our dedicated events office and the venues where the events are taking place. Assessment is tailored to each module and is predominantly coursework including essays, reports, critiques, business plans, finance exercises, case study analysis, group work, presentations and an optional dissertation.

  • Block 1: Cultural Events Design
  • Block 2: Running and Promoting a Venue
  • Block 3: Cultural Leadership
  • Block 4: The Creative Arts Manager: Policy and Practice
  • Block 1: Programming and Planning Festivals
  • Block 2: Audience and Communities Project
  • Block 3: Select one from the list below
  • International Research Visit
  • Digital Arts Management and Enterprise 1: Conceptualisation
  • Block 4: Research Methods: Dissertation and Placement
  • Block 1: Select one from the list below:

    • Dissertation

    • Creative Enterprise and Placement

  • Block 2: Arts Management Studio

  • Block 3: Music Industry Management

  • Block 4: Select one from the list below:

    • Events and Festivals Management

    • Digital Arts Management and Enterprise 2: Applications