Diploma in Festival Event Management - Distance Learning

Diploma in Festival Management (Dip. Festival Man.) with PR, Sustainable Events modules by Distance Learning

next enrolment date:25 July 2014

Festival Events enjoy huge popularity world-wide. Thousands of Festivals will take place this year. These festivals require expert organisation to balance safety with attention to detail and high end creativity. This Practical Online Diploma Course in Festival Event Management features Real Life Briefs, Case Studies and Interactive Subject Expert Support.

This Course will give you a full toolkit to develop and implement a Festival Event Management plan and advance your Career in this area.

Event Management Planning

Managing Event Planning Schedules; Feasibility Studies; Identifying Event Goals and Listing Objectives; Event Organisational Charts; Duty Rosters; Record Keeping Mechanisms; Recruitment; Reviewing Event Contracts and Agreements; Troubleshooting Event Co-ordination; Creation and Presentation of Proposals to Clients.

The Role of the Event Manager

The Key role of the Event Manager in the Planning Team, Outlining Core Roles and Responsibilities, Team Dynamics, Task and Event Timelines, Maximising Staff and Physical Resources, Planning and Co-ordinating Team and Suppliers, Decision Making, Contingency Planning.

Co-ordinating Events

Developing Creative Elements; Scheduling Entertainment; Site Planning and Inspection; Analysis and Management of the Registration and Admission Process; Providing Adequate Event Security; Planning Event Protocol Requirements; Co-ordinating Event Speakers with additional Entertainment for maximum effect; Identifying Appropriate Food and Beverage Menus; Event Contingency Planning.

Event Planning Documentation

Event Contracts and Agreements, Troubleshooting Event Co-ordination, Preparing a SWOT Analysis to Identify the Vulnerable and Promotional Elements of the Event, Creation and Presentation of Proposals to Clients.

Project Management

Project Management: Planning, Organising, Leading, Controlling; Phases of Project Management: Initiation, Planning, Implementation, Event, Showdown, Project Evaluation

Marketing Event Principles

Needs and Motivations of Event Customers, The Market Research Process, Effectively Collect and Analyse Market Data, Reporting the findings to the Team and Client, Elements of the Marketing Mix (Product, Price, Promotion and Place), The Pricing Process and How to Establish a Pricing Plan for your Market, Target Marketing Channels, Promote and Develop a Website and Direct Marketing Strategy.

Marketing the Event

Planning the Event Proposal Strategy; Preparing the Event Proposal; Sending Invitations; Budgeting and Buying Advertising; Publicising the Event; Organising Contests; Merchandising; Packaging and Sales Promotion; Formulating a Public Relations Strategy; Conducting Market Research; Methods of Measuring Marketing Activity.

Event Risk Management

Budgeting; Forecasting Expenditure; Compiling and Understanding Event Contracts; Managing Health and Safety; Event Risk Assessment; Copyright and Trademark Considerations; Event Ethical Practice.

Arts Festival Management

Establishing Budget; Choosing Site Locations; Bringing Artists to Your Festival; Signing & Managing Artist Expectations; Handling Displays; Setting Your Art Festival Apart; Developing Marketing Strategies; Sponsorship

Music Festival Management

Media Marketing & Management; Developing Target Audience; Operating Strategy; Choosing Site Locations; Signing & Managing Musician Expectations; Travel & Accommodation for Musicians; Backstage & VIP Passes; Musician Security & Safety; Crowd Control; Identifying Legal Requirements; International, Regional, Local Festivals

Food & Wine Festival Management

Setting Up Vendor Booths; Managing Food Vendors; Managing Wine Vendors; Working with Local Vendors; Operating Strategy; Sourcing & Working with Volunteers

Community Festival Management

Managing Community Expectations; Engaging & Involving the Community; Traffic Control; Sourcing & Working with Volunteers; Generating Sponsorship Support

Film Festival Management

Key Drivers Behind Running the Festival; Establishing a Budget; Choosing the Venue; Operations Set Up; Identifying Legal Requirements

Touring Festival Management

Working to a Budget; Travel between Locations; Volunteers; Sponsorship; International & National Festivals; Preparing a Festival Action Plan; Media Marketing & Management

Event Sponsorship

Determining Potential Sponsorship Market based on the Event Type, Time, Location, Assessing Selling Points of the Festival, Determining Sponsorship Fulfilment Responsibilities, Research and Set Sponsorship Pricing based on Market Factors and Festival Exposure.

Event Evaluation & Reporting

Different Types of Evaluation Techniques, Understanding Options to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Event, Determine How to Evaluate Speakers and Suppliers, Tabulating and reporting on the Event's Success.

Sustainable Event Management

The Importance Of Making your Event Environmentally Friendly; Benefits to your Clients, Benefits to the Environment. Environmental Standards & Eco-friendly Credentials; Schemes you can adhere to, Options Available. Types of Eco-friendly Events/Suppliers; Eco-Friendly Caterers, Eco-Friendly Venues and Questions to ask them; Aspects of Sustainability within a Festival: Office & Event Management, Travel & Transport, Carbon Emissions, Waste Management, Water Management, Local Environment & Land Protection, Noise & Noise Pollution

Public Relations

Sponsorship; Internal PR functions; Corporate Image; Press and Broadcast Media Relations; Client Relationships; Internal PR; Commissioning and Briefing Photographers; Supplying Material to the Press/Getting Material onto TV and Radio; Organising Seminars; Exhibitions and Conferences; Audio/Visual Aids; Writing Skills (Press Releases, Writing Feature Articles for the Press, In-house Journals and Newsletters); Crisis Management; Corporate Advertising; Brochures and Printing.

ONLINE PR MODULE

The Social Media Landscape

Blogs, Microblogs, Chatrooms, Delicious, Email, Flickr, Twitter, Instant messaging, Message Boards, Mobile Internet , New Media Releases, Online Conferencing, Online Surveys, Pay per click, Podcasts, RSS, Search Engines, SEO, Social Networking Service Sites, Video Sharing, Virtual worlds, VoIP, Wiki and Widgets.

The Internet as a Media

Commercial Implications of the Internet, Social Interaction with the Internet, Web 2.0 and its Implications, Internet Convergence, the Network Effect, Internet Information Exchange, Internet Audience Size and Exposure, Internet Culture and Communication, Transparency and the Internet.

Online PR building blocks

Online Communications Platforms, Online Communication Channels, Online Communication Mediums, Interactivity and Application of Communication Channels, Policy, Optimisation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Online Communications Channels, Online Communications Channels Planning and Implementation.

Social Media and PR strategy

Local versus Global Communication, Landscaping Platforms, Channels and context, Online PR Organisational Analysis and Segmentation, Developing Online PR Strategies, Online PR Tactics and SEO considerations, Online PR Planning, Managing Online PR Risk and Opportunities.

Online Influences on present PR practices

Internet influence on News, Internet Journalists, Economics of Online News Production, Internet Critics and other influences, the PR Practitioner as an Online Publisher, Ethical Internet PR, Truthfulness and Duty of Care, Online Ethics, Debate, Guidelines and Best Practice. Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Media Discourse, Trends and Value. Policy Influences, corporate speak. Implications of Social Media for Corporate Social Responsibility.

ProjectLibre Open Source Project Management Software

ProjectLibre is a free open source project management software application. It is designed to manage small to medium sized projects and contains all the tools necessary to manage various types of projects including extensive reporting facilities. ProjectLibre is also compatible with Microsoft Project making transfer of projects easy and straightforward.

Overview of the ProjectLibre Environment

Introduction to ProjectLibre; Downloading & Installing the Application. The ProjectLibre screen environment: Gantt Charts, Using Network Diagrams, the Resources View, the Work Breakdown Structure Chart, the Resources Breakdown Structure Chart, the Reports Screen, the Task Usage Detail Screen, the Resource Usage Detail Screen, the Histogram Screen.

Setting up and Managing a Project

Setting up a New Project; Creating Sub Tasks, Setting Task Durations, Setting Task Dependencies, Modifying a Task, Adding Notes to a Task, Adding Resources to your Project. Work and Material Resource Types, Assigning & Modifying a Resource, Assigning Costs to a Resource, Adding Notes to a Resource. Inserting Milestones in a Project; Tracking your Project using Baselines, Creating Project Reports. Common Project Management Terms, Resources and References.

Presentation Skills

Preparation and Research; Speech Content; Subject Matter and Objectives; Speech Delivery and Variety; Body Language, Eye Contact, etc.; Presentation Aids e.g. Visuals, etc.; Management of Locations and Audiences; Presentation Structure.

Festival Management Project

The project is an important part of the course. Each course participant is given a project brief. Participants are asked at the end of the course to produce a Festival Proposal with their recommendations to the examiners. This gives participants the opportunity to use the knowledge they have obtained during the course in a focused way and develops proposal-writing and creative skills.

METHODS OF LEARNING

Online Lecture Modules, Subject Expert Feedback Sessions after each Module, Practical Case Studies, End of Module Assignments, etc.

SUBJECT EXPERTS

Distance Learning Courses maintains a panel of qualified Subject Experts.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Anyone working in Event Management, in a senior or support position, or those who wish to make a career change to Festival Management. The course will also benefit anyone who has Festival Management as part of their job specification.

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful students qualify for the Diploma in Festival Management (Dip. Festival Man.). The Diploma is awarded at Distinction, Credit or Pass Level.

Times / Duration

12 weeks to 1 calendar year depending on individual progress.

The course project features Real Life Briefs which are a critical part of the curriculum. It requires participants to apply all practical techniques they've learned in the program in a Real Life Context.

Practical guidance will be offered throughout the course to ensure that theoretical learning is translated into practical proposals.

Certification is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today.

Fitzwilliam Institute Group, have developed and provided Practical Skills Training Courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management Qualifications and Certifications framework for over 25 years.

Institute of Commercial Management certifications are recognised throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

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Start Date: 25 July 2014

EUR 995.00

All course material is included in the fee. Fees are payable by credit card, debit card, bank draft/transfer, cheque or PayPal. All fees must be paid before the course starts

The Fitzwilliam Institute Group closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. The Fitzwilliam Institute Group reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by the Fitzwilliam Institute Group. Distance Learning courses are provided by the Fitzwilliam Institute Ltd.