Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
5V08
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Our Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management degree is designed to help you join the next generation of pioneering music managers and theatre arts producers. You'll learn to manage artists, companies and projects across the entire creative process; from commissioning, devising and composing new work, through negotiating contracts, to rehearsing, recording, filming, marketing, touring and broadcasting the work.

You'll be surrounded by students making and performing contemporary music, theatre and dance in the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA), so you can work with them to deliver live projects supported by our professional production staff. Our academic staff have worked at a high level in the international music and theatre industries and will encourage you to build your creative networks and consider sustainable, digital futures.

Benefits

  • Designing and delivering projects on and off campus
  • A combination of experiential learning and intensive live projects with essential theory and technical expertise
  • A networked approach, with visiting speakers that have included Marina & The Diamond's management team, Kneehigh theatre's head of marketing, Muse's tour manager, and the former director of The Old Vic Tunnels
  • High quality resident and visiting artists, with opportunities for you to engage in work poised at the sector's frontier
  • Live briefs with external clients
  • Work experience placements and site visits
  • Building and equipment-based technical skills
  • You'll be based at based at AMATA, an internationally significant venue for contemporary performance
  • Volunteering opportunities on our professional in-house public events programme

A unique range of extra-curricular activity

At Falmouth you can take advantage of a range of extra-curricular activities in our Performance Centre public programme. There are opportunities to shadow our producer, steward at music, theatre & dance events, join our street team, book, promote and operationally manage professional performers through our innovative partnership with Carn to Cove, attend networking sessions, meet visiting professionals, work with artistes, and experience specialist events, including our long-established music industry seminars. Visiting speakers have included:

  • Mark Palmer (Roadrunner Records)
  • Hamish Jenkinson (Old Vic Tunnels)
  • Richard Chamberlin (Tommy Boy Recordings)
  • Michael Grandage
  • Helen Searle (specialist music industry lawyer)
  • Tim Smithies (Carn to Cove)
  • Emma Rice (Kneehigh Theatre)
  • Ed O'Brien (Radiohead)
  • Richard Sobey (Wildworks)
  • Jeremy Silver
  • Charlotte Bond (Kneehigh Theatre)
  • Adam Saunders (live agent Belle and Sebastian and Enter Shikari)
  • Tim Collins (tour manager, Muse)
  • Dave Newton (Wegottickets)

How the course is taught

Taught by approachable and experienced professional practitioners, who are specialists in their field, this practice-led course blends experiential process with essential theory in a project-based structure. Project work is supported by lectures, seminars, workshops, professional experience, tutorials and task-based study.

Our students are based in The Performance Centre, an internationally significant venue for contemporary performance, education, research, business innovation and community partnerships. Here, your live briefs will be informed by visiting speakers and supported by expert technical instruction, ensuring you are inspired, engaged and encouraged to develop well-informed, safe and progressive professional practices.

Course outline

You'll develop an understanding of cultural organisations while gaining a firm grounding in the music, theatre arts and entertainment sectors – from marketing and technical skills to managing resources and engaging with other organisations and creative individuals. Your professional development will include varied industry placements and you will study cultural impact, music and theatre arts management and entertainment law.

By your final year you'll organise and deliver a complex project, gaining a deeper understanding of your professional development and future industry contexts. You will build valuable relationships by connecting with the media as well as meeting students from subjects including photography, fashion, games and graphic design. Upon graduation you will emerge as an adaptable, forward thinking entertainment manager, able to operate across current and emerging contexts and commercial environments.

What you'll do

Year 1

Taught by our expert staff, you'll develop an understanding of cultural organisations while gaining a firm grounding in management planning in the creative sector – from marketing and technical skills to managing resources and engaging with other organisations and individuals. You'll study cultural impact, management practice, the music, theatre and entertainment sector, professional development, and marketing for music, theatre and entertainment.

  • CMP110 The Impact of the Cultural Sector
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will consider the creative industries, sport, tourism and heritage sectors, including the impact of external factors on industry practice and the influence of cultural organisations and events on society. You will also receive venue and technical inductions as context for cultural production.
  • MTEM120 Professional Development
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will identify and develop a range of key professional attributes through taught sessions and by undertaking an industry placement.
  • MTEM130 Introduction to Music, Theatre & Entertainment Industries
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module will provide an introduction to the music, theatre and entertainment industries from a local, national and international perspective and identify fundamental sectoral principles. Areas covered include: the history, evolution, structure and processes of the industries.
  • CMP140 Understanding Cultural Organisations
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will consider all aspects of organisational structure paying particular attention to business structure, economics and human resources, and the effect they have on the success of a cultural organisation.
  • MTEM150 Management Practice
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will further develop your core management skills through taught sessions and a new industry placement.
  • MTEM160 Marketing for Music, Theatre & Entertainment
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will learn the basic principles of marketing and apply them to a music, theatre or entertainment scenario.

Year 2

You'll continue to develop peer and self-evaluation skills as you explore innovative possibilities for delivering successful projects. You'll work on live briefs, supported by visiting speakers and including a collaborative interdisciplinary project and a collaborative performance event. You'll also study critical and cultural appreciation, entertainment law, creative production and business innovation.

  • CMP210 Critical & Cultural Appreciation
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you will critically assess, evaluate and reflect upon differences and developments within the cultural industries at national and international levels.
  • MTEM220 Collaborative Planning Project
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will work in groups to produce and run a music, theatre or entertainment project. For example; creating a media pack for a music artiste; developing a feasibility study; or an audience evaluation for a dance venue.
  • MTEM230 Music, Theatre & Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module will take a practical and theoretical look at the legal issues inherent in the creation, licensing and exploitation of work. You will learn about negotiating deals and preparing contracts for professional contexts.
  • MTEM240 The Creative Producer
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you will explore the role of the producer and the creative aspect of their work. You will investigate the relationships between artist and producer, looking how creative production affects artistic output.
  • MTEM250 Collaborative Planning Event
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will work in groups to produce, promote and run a relevant music, theatre or entertainment event.
  • MTEM260 Innovation in Music, Theatre & Entertainment
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will learn about the new concept development process from idea to implementation, and explore, the rationale behind accounts and accounting for both entrepreneurial start-ups and established business entities.

Year 3

By your final year you'll have the confidence and skills to get increasingly hands-on. You'll organise and deliver a more complex applied music, theatre or entertainment project, which might be live or theoretical, and gain a deeper understanding of your professional development and future industry contexts. Connecting with the media and creative industries both on and off campus, you'll build valuable relationships to launch your career on graduation.

  • MTEM310 Professional Practice
    (40 credits 20 ECTS)
    In this module you will assemble and assess a portfolio of professional practice and provide in-depth reflection on a recent placement.
  • MTEM320 Music, Theatre & Entertainment Futures
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you will consider the ethical and environmental sustainability, digital, and international futures for music, theatre or entertainment management in social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
  • MTEM330 Applied Music, Theatre or Entertainment Project
    (60 credits 30 ECTS)
    In this module, you will design, implement and evaluate an applied group (live or theoretical) music, theatre or entertainment project.

Facilities

The Performance Centre, Exchange and Library have everything you need. Specific facilities include:

  • 12 specialist studio spaces licensed for public performance, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • Specialist group working space
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, radio archives, exhaustive electronic and journal resources, and an extensive slide collection
  • A public performance programme, which complements your learning and provides opportunities for you to gain experience through volunteering and devising your own events

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment through visual, verbal and written assignments
  • Essays, presentations, marketing strategies, case studies, business plans, reflective blogs
  • Live management projects in your second and final years

Careers

This degree will equip you for a range of successful careers, including:

  • Performing artist manager
  • Performance company manager
  • Producer
  • Stage manager or venue manager
  • Live booking agent
  • Marketing officer
  • Recording, publishing and production
  • Dance, theatre and live promotion

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form