The global events industry offers a broad range of career opportunities throughout the UK and around the world.
Event & Experience Design: 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating, 75% in professional or managerial posts, UniStats 2015.
Our international students are working as project managers in digital marketing in Malaysia and graphic designers in Hong Kong. Another Hong Kong based graduate has set up her own events company, AH HA Events and Projects, with offices in Hong Kong and Macau.
Here in the UK our graduates have gone on to work as:
- creatives in prestigious marketing and branding agencies
- event designers
- exhibition and set designers
- brand managers and event managers in the public sector, hospitality industry and within charitable organisations (the third sector).
In the last two years digital marketing and design has become a growing area of employment.
A number work on a more freelance basis, developing what is becoming known as a portfolio career. These have included roles as diverse as pyro-technicians, 2nd assistant director on films, visual merchandiser and production manager. There are two very successful well established companies set up by graduates, Lucid Illusions and the performer Lady Layton.
What our students say:
“When I came to job interviews after University, I found that the Event & Experience Design course I studied really allowed me to stand out from the crowd, as it equipped me with practical and transferable skills for the work place that I feel I may not have gained from a purely academic subject. The assessment structure aided my confidence with public speaking and communication and the design and business partnering elements allowed me to enter my current field which is focused on Marketing, Events and Communications. I would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in the creative industries.”
(Event & Experience Design formally known as Creative Events: Design & Production)
Lexi O’Neill, graduated in 2014 currently working with 3Search, Marketing, Digital & Bids Recruitment Specialists, London.
Students have also gone on to take postgraduate qualifications in fashion photography (currently working with Vilbequin in Paris), retail design, digital arts and teaching qualifications. We currently have graduates teaching IT and Art and Design.
A selection of companies employing our graduates includes:
- Brand Fuel
- Vivid Imaginations
- Production Bureau
- MPL Communications
- Veevers Carter
- Pancreatic Cancer UK
- Kingfisher Beer
- Fortitude Asia
- Ralph Lauren Events
- Prestige Graphic Group Asia
- Trade Fair
- Escape Events Ltd
- Kelsey Media
- The Event Umbrella.
“Students meet regularly with arts and events industry professionals and are encouraged to get as much practical experience as possible throughout their course. This balance between theory and practice is invaluable and equips them with the skills they need to secure work when they leave university. The University of Kent is excellent at supporting this and long may it continue.” Hannah Standen, Associate Producer, Artichoke, London
“Brands are increasingly using customer experience to engage with their online and physical potential customers. Graduates would be ideally placed to become part of a team delivering experiences or employing and briefing agencies to deliver great experiences and events. The world needs people to delight us, engage us and tell stories to us. We need them to create unexpected and wondrous experiences that give us goose bumps due to the sense of ethereal, remarkable and memorable discovery that takes place.
These students and this course deliver this.” Nick Butcher, Director Beyond Communications, London.