BA in Creative and Cultural Industries: Events and Experiences Design
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
GBP 9,250 / per year *
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* UK students: £9,250 per year | international: £15,800 for the first year
Why choose this course?
This course prepares you for a career in exhibitions and events in the creative industries. You will develop practical and analytical skills for the curation, conception, resourcing, marketing and budgeting of an exhibition or event.
You will learn to visualise, collaborate, experiment and project management as you work on real-world projects with other students and industry professionals. You will also develop your knowledge of the creative industries, exploring topics such as design thinking, branding and strategy for creative organisations. You will have creative freedom and be encouraged to undertake non-commercial creative projects.
The course also offers opportunities to work on live projects with creative companies and institutions, as well as alongside your classmates in our student-powered creative agency, Studio KT1.
Throughout the course, you'll also develop the commercial and organisational skills and understanding needed to work effectively in the Creative and Cultural sector.
Please note the change in course title: This course ran as "Creative and Cultural Industries: Curation, Exhibition and Events BA (Hons)" until 2021. For 2022 entry onwards, it is named "Creative and Cultural Industries: Events and Experiences Design BA (Hons)".
Reasons to choose Kingston
- These inspiring creative spaces are accessible to you all, irrespective of which course you're studying; you can try your hand at everything from sculpture to animation, to photography and bookbinding.
- Kingston has world-class 3D workshops, digital media labs, and film, photography and printmaking facilities, which you'll be encouraged to explore through our ethos of Thinking Through Making.
- You'll gain valuable experience by working on a variety of paid live briefs through our very own creative agency – StudioKT1.com.
What you will study
You will learn the principles of curation and visitor experience. You will gain project management knowledge and experience to deliver effective exhibitions and events for an organisation or client. Through a combination of in-house and live briefs, you will discover your creative self and your future role in the industry.
In your first year, you'll do two 60-credit modules; four 30-credit modules in the second year, and a combination of one 60-credit and two 30-credit modules in the final year.
Year 1 is common to all our creative and cultural industries courses. You will explore visual communication techniques, the use of design software, storytelling and design thinking. You will learn individually and as part of a team of creative partners and professionals. You will examine the management and strategy of creative enterprises, and the history and development of art and design practice.
- Visual Narratives & Design Thinking: Creating compelling stories, creative problem solving
- History & Context of the Creative Industries: Content, critique & competition
Year 2 examines Curation, Exhibition and Events in depth. You will learn the practices of the display, collecting and exhibiting, and how meaning and message are created through exhibitions. You will learn branding, marketing and how to develop events for defined audiences. You will study conceptualisation and visualisation, visual narratives and storyboarding, artwork commission and project management.
You can choose to apply for a summer internship at the end of Year 2 to gain valuable experience and increase your employability.
- Curation, Exhibition and Events 1
- Customer Mindfulness
- Creative Project Management
- Live case study
You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad.
Year 3 examines Curation, Exhibition and Events in depth. You will study cultural entrepreneurship and explore ways of building a sustainable independent career. You will further your knowledge and skills in the curation and execution of events.
The major project in your final year will be a visual project, business or marketing plan, or consultancy project for a company.
You will research and identify a current curatorial challenge and provide visual communication solutions that are tailored to the chosen audience. You will be challenged and guided by your supervisors to achieve your potential.
- Curation, Exhibition and Events 2
- The Major Project
Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.
Program Tuition Fee
The Curation, Exhibition and Events BA (Hons) degree prepares you for a career in exhibitions and events management in the creative sector. You will develop showcases for organisations within fashion, art, media, broadcasting and publishing.
Kingston School of Art's graduates works in organisations such as the Barbican, Foundling Museum, Hauser & Wirth, National Archives, Open-City, the London Transport Museum and the V&A Museum. Others have established their own consultancies and events companies or pursued careers in academia and research.