BA(Hons) in Sustainable Festival Management


Program Description

Engage with the future of festivals as part of this new and cutting-edge course, created with the Eden Project. You’ll learn how to manage successful festivals, working at the forefront of technology and sustainability, while collaborating with one of the UK’s leading festival venues.


This course is new for the entry year 2020.

Studying in Cornwall, home to several of the UK’s most exciting festivals, you’ll get hands-on industry experience, both here and further afield. Alongside tuition from experienced professionals, you’ll benefit from the expertise within our School of Entrepreneurship – including finance, marketing and project management.  

You will:

  • Develop a sustainable approach to management in the globally expanding festival industry 
  • Organise live events and engage with industry experts 
  • Be industry-ready with a full degree in just two years 
  • Benefit from the expertise and knowledge of specialist staff from music, events, hospitality, technical and entrepreneurial backgrounds 
  • Spend your second year studying at the Eden Project, a globally recognised leader in sustainability 
  • Undertake a minimum of six micro-placements, at the Eden Sessions and other locations 

This course is accredited by A Greener Festival.

We regret that this course is currently not available to non-EU applicants, who’d require a Tier 4 Student Visa.

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What you'll learn

Focusing on sustainable management and leadership, you’ll develop sector-specific knowledge and transferable skills in areas like finance, law, marketing and digital media. We’ll use real-world scenarios to build your problem solving and cooperative learning skills, helping you take action in a group and as a leader. 

Year one

You’ll learn creative and innovative approaches to festival event management, gain a firm grounding in planning and management processes, and develop skills in marketing, managing resources and engaging with clients. On top of this, you’ll develop teamwork and presentational skills, hear from industry speakers, attend field trips and deliver three assessed team projects.


  • Marketing & Digital Media
  • Real-World Skills
  • Contemporary Event & Festival Impacts
  • Wellbeing in Experience Management
  • Creative Innovation in Experience Management
  • Live Student Event Project
  • Legal & Financial Management in the Experience Sector
  • Live Sustainability Challenge

Year two

Developing your peer and self-evaluation skills, you’ll consider leadership, crisis management and sustainability in the festival industry. Using audience insights, you’ll deliver three more live team projects, and connect with industry both on- and off-campus, building valuable relationships to help launch your career. By the end of your final year, you’ll have the confidence and skills to develop a business plan.


  • Team Learning & Performance
  • Demonstrating Sustainability
  • Live Public Event Project
  • Festival Innovation Project
  • Creative & Ethical Leadership
  • Crisis Management for Festivals & Events
  • Personal Research Project
  • Live Sustainable Festival Project

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

As part of this festival management degree, you’ll build your skills through peer presentations, problem-solving and collaborative team activities. On top of live projects, field trips, tutorials and study groups, there’ll be opportunities to see guest speakers and attend interdisciplinary toolkit sessions. You’ll also use independent study time to cement your learning, reflect on your experiences, seek out new knowledge and complete your assignments.

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment through visual, verbal and written assignments.
  • Assessed live event projects.
  • Final year business challenge and dissertation.


You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners and highly regarded academics. Our award-winning lecturers have experience of both working at festivals and contributing to academic and industry debates about their future.


  • Lecture theatres.
  • Seminar rooms.
  • Group working base room.
  • Subject librarian.
  • Libraries housing a collection of books and electronic and journal resources.
  • Industry-recognised Box Office ticketing system.
  • Professional design and prototyping tools.
  • IT suites and software packages.
  • Excellent media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: N821

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities. 

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.


  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £11,100 - full-time UK/EU
  • £19,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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