The term creative director originated in advertising agencies, but in the last few years has also become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries. The role of creative director within fashion and beauty is multi-faceted and varied. Generally speaking, creative directors find themselves responsible for the creative direction and visual identity of a brand, publication, website or event.
Solent’s fashion and beauty programmes have strong links with industry, giving students the chance to work with experienced academics and industry professionals. Students can leverage these industry links when they are looking for work placements as part of the essential work-based learning unit.
Students also benefit from a programme of guest lectures throughout the course, with representatives from fashion, beauty, media, retail and other creative industries coming to campus and sharing their experiences. Recent events have included a guest lecture from professional makeup artist Laura Mercier, as well as visits from representatives of MAC, Illamasqua, Trendstop and Charles Fox.
The course culminates in a final major project, where students can either write a thesis or produce a major practical outcome. Students will have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities in support of this project. Available facilities include photography studios; film studios; make-up studios; cameras; location lighting kits; ‘infinity cove’ studios and Mac suites with the latest industry software.
The role of creative director has become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries in recent years. Generally speaking, creative directors find themselves responsible for the creative direction and visual identity of a brand, publication, website or event.
This course is specifically aimed at those currently working in the fashion and beauty industry who are aspiring towards art direction. The course content is ideal for building knowledge in magazine publishing, event production, e-commerce and advertising.
The research methods unit prepares students for their MA final project by equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to define a research project, select an appropriate methodological approach and investigate a key research topic utilising secondary and/or primary research.
This unit will explore and critically analyse the fashion, beauty and creative industries around the world. The unit will equip students with advanced skills to enable them to research the industry they seek to work in and to critically analyse opportunities. Students will be supported to produce a professional development plan - key to this will be an element of work-based learning.
The primary focus of this unit is on developing the wide range of conceptual skills necessary to effectively and innovatively communicate to a consumer audience. This unit provides the opportunity to develop, in response to a range of set briefs, concepts for different outcomes (for example digital, film, print and fashion shows).
Technical Image Design Skills
This unit covers the technical aspects of creative and art direction. Using a range of software students will focus on understanding technical specifications and design problems aligned to producing web, print and time based outcomes.
In this unit students will design, execute and present an individually demanding piece of work that deploys a systematic and in-depth understanding of the skills and debates relevant to their particular discipline of study.
Available facilities include photography studios; film studios; make-up studios; camera loans; location lighting kits; an ‘infinity cove’ facility; and Mac suites with the latest industry software.
We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.
After graduation, students will be able to apply their knowledge to a range of areas within fashion and beauty including magazine publication, event production, e-commerce and advertising.
Graduates may find themselves working with fashion and beauty brands, magazines, retail businesses, media production companies or communications agencies.
Industry professionals share their knowledge and experiences with students through guest presentations, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and portfolio-viewing workshops.
Recent visiting lecturers have included: Caryn Franklin, Perry Curties, Iain R Webb, Wayne Johns, Bruce Smith, Ellen Rogers, Hannah Al-Shemmeri, Elaine Waldron, Maria Bonet and Richard Billingham.
The programme area and its staff have strong links with the industry, recently hosting a guest lecture from professional makeup artist Laura Mercier, as well as visits from representatives of MAC, Illamasqua, Trendstop and Charles Fox.
The professional practice unit has been specifically designed to equip master’s students with an in-depth knowledge of their chosen industry and to give them the insights required to plan their long-term career. Students will be supported as they produce reflective professional development plans.
Work-based learning is essential to student development. Students will be required to secure a work placement, freelance assignment or relevant work related experience in order to strengthen their knowledge and refine practical skills.
MA Television Production offers learners the opportunity to create broadcast content for a live client from week one. Utilising our in-house facilities, learners work to gain essential and invaluable broadcast credit from the start of their course. Our students are given placement opportunities in a range of broadcast realms and students go on to work for ITV, BBC, MUTV, ADI and Televideo. With exceptional links to major broadcasters and staff with decades of relevant broadcast experience, the MA in Television Production is delivered from our JAMES integrated learning centre, at the Media Factory in the heart of Preston.
The course provides an output for specialist interests including Sports Television, Live Event and Drama Production through our customisable study options. UCLan MA Television Production focusses on the individual learner and aims to enable and enhance the programme makers of the future; honing a creative flair and developing multi-skilled content production and development.
It is delivered in 3 equally weighted modules that will develop and enhance advanced skill ranges through; technological, narrative and industry foci. There is no prerequisite of knowledge for the course, our differentiated delivery adapts to the level of learner and will encourage exploration in a number of key planning and production areas. The structure allows for collaborative learning and group cohesion. The end result of the study is high quality broadcast content.
Based in the £15 million, state-of-the-art Media Factory, facilities include: 120m² broadcast TV studio with production gallery and managed application space, 115m² chroma-key infinity stage, 8 camera and multi-sensor motion capture suite. Along with this we have a recently-installed external drama set including pub, flats and corner shop, (new for 2018) emotional intelligence facility across 3 rooms including 360 remote audio and video monitoring, external production gallery and simulation offices.
To finish production we have Adobe Creative Cloud supported, networked post-production facilities across 5 sites. Finally we have 7 audio recording facilities including recording studios and Neve digital sound suites for finishing and dubbing.
The Media Factory offers a collaborative environment for film makers, musicians and performers to work alongside the Television Producers of the future.
Staff maintain links with many regional and national production companies and agencies providing excellent industry contacts and experience.
Television Production is a unique, dynamic and industry driven course. UCLan TV graduates transition into industry through placements and unique working projects.
There is global recognition that the events sector needs trained professionals if it is to continue to thrive and develop.
The MSc International Events Management programme offers you an engaging environment in which to explore the challenges faced by events professionals.
A balanced set of modules will provide you with an advanced understanding of the international events industry and the core areas of business and management generally.
A series of challenging, creative, real-world assessments will teach you how to design, plan, stage and evaluate different events. Central to the learning experience is the requirement to run a live event yourself.
The structure of our Euromasters programme includes the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry between the two years of study.
This experience gives students (particularly those with little prior work experience) a significant advantage in terms of employability upon graduation.
This programme is studied full-time over two academic years and part-time over four academic years. It consists of twelve taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Events play a vital role in society, providing not only culture and entertainment for millions but also enabling cities and destinations to promote and regenerate themselves. Every facet of our society is involved in events, from business meetings and conferences to music festivals and sport.
Across this global industry, it is recognised that the events sector needs trained professionals if it is to continue to thrive and develop. This programme provides students with both the education and training to become a professional event manager, capable of organising both small and large scale events.
Through a balanced set of modules, students will gain advanced understanding in how the event industry works and develop expertise in planning and managing different events.
The programme aims to provide a high quality vocational education, which is intellectually rigorous and up-to- date, as well as relevant to the needs of future managers, executives and professionals in the service sector industries covered by the programme.
The programme has a business management orientation related to service industries and draws on a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse the particular sector.
An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme. At the same time by way of elective modules the programme permits students to pursue an element of specialisation relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.
Where appropriate it is international in scope and coverage. The programme draws on the stimulus of the School’s recent research activities.
The programme provides the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Is your career aspiration to be a manager and business specialist within the international events industry? If so, this course aims to provide you with a specialist education in the management of international events to enable you achieve your aim.This programme will build on your existing knowledge and experience.
International Event Management is for those with career aspirations as managers and business specialists within the events industries. The programme is characterised by its management and leadership components with emphasis placed on the development of organisational and communication skills, knowledge and theoretical concepts to meet the needs of the event management industry. The programme will develop your ability to apply knowledge, acquire practical skills and enhance personal attributes that will be required for senior management positions in the events sector.
The course starts with an induction period of three days duration. As a full-time student you will complete the master’s degree in three semesters / one calendar year. Part-time students complete a maximum of two modules per semester and it will take six semesters - 2 to 2½ years.
A key strength of the MSc is that it is modular in structure and delivered in blended learning mode with all modules being taught in 3 day intensive blocks. The block delivered modules are supported with online discussion groups and three learning set days per module.
Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.
This qualification offers a world of opportunities in terms of career options in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. Event organisers are responsible for the production of events from conception through to completion. Events can include: exhibitions and fairs; promotions and product launches; fundraising and social events.
The event industry is composed of a diverse range of work in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and a management career can found within event management companies, in-house for an organisation or freelance.
Event organisers must be able to complete a wide range of activities such as researching markets to identify opportunities for events; consulting and liaising with clients, producing detailed proposals for events (e.g. timelines, venues, suppliers, legal obligations, staffing and budgets) to ensuring compliance with insurance, legal, health and safety obligations.
All great songs start with a great story, and this course will build on your storytelling and songwriting techniques and performance skills. It will also help you develop the strong networks needed to drive your career forward in the modern music industry.
You will study traditional creative songwriting alongside modern music production practice. You will analyse case studies across all genres to find your inspiration and create your own musical voice.
Working with experienced industry professionals, you will explore the technical and creative aspects of writing, recording and arranging, including storytelling techniques, the crafting of effective melodies and where best to place the hooks in a song, in order to develop a wide range of musical scores. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with peers across our suite of music courses to compose and produce songs in our industry-standard studios.
This course will give you the confidence to develop your musical portfolio to enhance your career as an established artist.
As a student of the School of Film, Music & Peforming Arts, you will join our vibrant community of producers, giving you access to expertise from top industry professionals. The team includes Ken Scott, who has worked with The Beatles and David Bowie, and Phil Harding, Chief Engineer for Pete Waterman Limited.
You will also have the opportunity to be inspired by studio owners, songwriters, professional musicians, arrangers and composers, such as our recent visiting artists in residence Tom Williams, Utah Saint and Chris TT.
A wealth of volunteering opportunities will be available to you, including the chance to work with University partners Festival Republic, in roles such as sound assistant, production manager and stage crew at Leeds and Latitude festivals, all of which will expand your networks and give you additional hands-on experience.
You will have the chance to participate in The Unconference, part of Live at Leeds and Leeds International Film Festival, which hosts a day of panels, workshops, presentations and networking for those working in, or aspiring to work in the music industry. The event has previously attracted speakers such as Tom Robinson, Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs) and James McMahon (Kerrang! Editor).
On campus you will have access to a suite of professional music studios, including recording rooms, audio booths, instruments, portable audio recorders and fully equipped computer workstations.
The professional networks you will build throughout your course will open up a range of routes into the music industry. You will be an entrepreneurial musician, with the confidence and skills to produce your own material or write songs for others to perform. You could also pursue a career in festivals, music events or the arts, or you could write scores for film, TV and games.
Our MSc in International Event Management is one of the longest running event management courses of its type in the UK. The course aims to assist you in developing an open, critical and inquiring mindset for both the social-scientific and the applied study of events and management, while simultaneously aiming to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in the events sector.
Within this course you will critically evaluate existing knowledge in the field of event management, debate key issues such as sustainability, ethical event production and legacy planning, and consider strategic responses to the environmental forces impacting the events industry.
Unique aspects of the course include:
Industry expertise and application is drawn from areas as diverse as festivals, business events, marketing, consultancy, sport and leisure, all of which enrich the design and delivery of the course.
This is an academic course with a high degree of vocational relevance. Its content and delivery are strongly underpinned by the team's expertise, research activities and, in many cases, first-hand experience and it is regularly reviewed to ensure its curriculum is at the leading edge of knowledge in the event sector.
The course is suitable whether you are looking to convert from another subject area and pursue a future career in events or if you already have a grounding in events or related subject areas, such as business, management, tourism, hospitality or sport.
The course is delivered through a variety of lectures, workshops, presentations, tutorials and case studies with an emphasis on interactive learning. Full-time students usually attend workshops two days per week, while part-time students usually only attend them once per week. Some modules may be delivered intensively over several consecutive days.
A distinctive feature of postgraduate study within the school is the flexibility and choice provided by the final project. Guided by your programme of study and in consultation with an individual supervisor, there are several options open to you. Whether undertaking an academic dissertation, producing a research article, or conducting an applied business project in the form of an enterprise plan or a consultancy project, the final project enables you to pursue your own particular interest in an area relevant to your programme of study.
For international students, the MSc also offers an extended masters route with English language study for between two and sixth months before the course begins.
The course examines the dynamic events sector on global, regional, national and local levels, within which it explores both the significance and the practice of numerous event organisations within the sector.
You'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the events sector through its in-depth insight into the relationship between events and processes of globalisation, the immediate event environment and the significance of sustainability as well as its emphasis on the inter-relatedness of the event, tourism and hospitality sectors, event design and management, marketing and professional-based learning.
In addition to the final project, which offers an excellent opportunity to explore your own interests within events theory and/or practice, the course also offers an optional module.
This list of options is an indication of those available at present. They may change in accordance with the latest developments in the international event industry.
Field trip opportunities in the UK and abroad will enhance your studies and enable you to apply your knowledge in an external environment. Previous trips have included:
The International Event Management MSc provides opportunities to develop skills and knowledge relevant for a multitude of roles within the international events sector. The course is designed flexibly to suit applicants who already have a grounding in events study as well as those wishing to transition from an aligned industry sector, such as business, management, tourism, hospitality or sport.
By studying the masters course you will develop a higher level of transferable skills in research, problem solving, creativity, decision making and leadership that will enable you to stand out from the crowd when applying for a huge range of careers available in the event sector.
With the development of the experience economy, increasingly diverse leisure event offerings and broadening awareness of the social, cultural and political meanings of events, the industry continues to expand and offer new and exciting career paths across a range of skill sets.
Previous graduates have gone on to secure a wide variety of job roles around the world which include working in events in socially oriented fundraising and LGBT organisations, in marketing and communications departments for multi-national corporations, for world-sporting associations, and running their own business in niche area of events such as party planning or the lucrative wedding industry.
Other graduates have gone on to PhD studies before entering academia.
Many events now have an international focus and are organised across cultural, economic and geographical boundaries. Providing a sound theoretical underpinning of the cultural, political, ethical and economic aspects of the sector, this course will develop the practical and strategic knowledge required to run international events effectively.
Guest speakers from industry will share their expertise and insights through a series of lectures. These events, combined with case studies and field trips, will keep the course contemporary and industry focused.
Studying alongside UK and overseas students on the course will inspire your learning. You will be encouraged to share your experiences and trade cultural insights with your peers, helping you to refine your understanding of events management across the world so you can excel in your career.
This course is suitable if you want to enter at managerial level or want to add an international dimension to your professional expertise.
The University has been given a five-star rating for our academic work in Hospitality & Leisure Management by QS, the international higher education benchmarking agency.
For Students from outside the EU who want to improve their English and academic skills we offer a combined masters course with the MSc International Events Management. If you have an IELTS score of 5.0 or 5.5 you can study for two semesters before starting your postgraduate degree. As you will be given one unconditional offer you will not normally need to renew your visa. Find out more about our International Masters.
The UK Centre for Events Management is a world leading provider of events education, consultancy and research. Our specialist team draws together academics and events professionals who have designed and developed cutting-edge courses that are informed by industry and research.
The Centre and staff are members of many key professional associations in the events related fields and are engaged in research and consultancy work, publishing their findings in textbooks and journals of international standing.
You will also be given the opportunity to attend guest lectures and encouraged, where possible, to take up a range of volunteer opportunities to provide you with additional experience and strong industry contacts. Students in the past have volunteered at the IIFA awards, the Grand National and more locally the Bradford Film Festival.
UKCEM is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Events Management by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure. Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and are recognised by the National Outdoor Events Associated, the British Hospitality Association and by EuroCHRIE.
These modules are subject to student numbers. The course team will usually assign you to a module during your course induction.
Whether organising high-profile annual events or exclusive one-off occasions, you will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in a variety of roles. This diverse industry offers employment opportunities in film and theatre, music and media, sport, conferencing, in the public sector or with charities. Some of our students have started their own events businesses while others have moved into academia and research.