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Graduate Diploma in Event Management

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: Expected February-2021
Otago Polytechnic
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Are you organised and good at planning parties and informative events? Do you enjoy tackling a new challenge and having a job where every day is different?

You could be suited for a career in event management. Undertake this programme and get all the skills you need to plan, organise, promote and run events, conferences and functions for a variety of organisations, communities, groups and individuals. Learn from highly experienced staff who is industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching.

Build on your existing qualifications and skills, and graduate in only a year, without having to complete a full degree.

Then step into the industry and make your mark! One day you could be organising an international music or sport event, the next you could be coordinating a professional conference or charity ball. Chances of getting work as an event manager are good as demand is strong.

You will study

You will complete 120 credits of learning, of which 75 must be at Level 7.


Project Management: Learn about project management terms and concepts, the organizational and environmental context, project initiation, planning, implementation and control, and closure and review.

Event Logistics: Learn about health and safety and risk management, crowd control, food and beverage, audio visual, volunteers, seating, staging and performer management through participating in the logistics coordination of a number of actual events.

Event Planning and Management: Work in a group with an external client to prepare an event plan, and volunteer at other events within the event industry. Evaluating the event will enable you to relate theory to experience.


Event Marketing and Sponsorship: Develop a marketing plan, communication plan, and sponsorship bid proposal and presentation around an event that you have developed. Gain knowledge from working in teams, on case studies, and through a number of guest speakers and lectures.

Event Project: Focus on the development, planning and execution of events. Work in groups to deliver actual events in conjunction with an industry client by completing an event from beginning to end.

Industry Project: This is an opportunity to balance theory with applied learning in your workplace or host organization and tailor your studies accordingly to your interest.

Your workload

Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification. You will also complete a 200-hour industry project, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Event Management.

Entry criteria

A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.
You may NOT enrol in a major that you have already studied at undergraduate level.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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