Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management (PG Dip. Event Man.) with PR, Online PR, Social Media and Arranged Work Experience modules (Full Time Course - 6 Months)

start date: 19 September 2017

Delivered interactively by Ireland’s leading industry professionals, Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management with Arranged Work Experience course takes place in Dublin City Centre and features:

  • 3 Months in-class training, with interactive modules covering all aspects of the event management lifecycle: Interpreting the Event Management Client Brief, Event Management Planning, Event Planning Documentation, Coordinating Events, Event Logistics Management, Marketing the Event, Event HR, Event Team Management, Event Budget Planning, Event Legal and Risk Management, Corporate Event Management, Conference Event Management, etc. In addition, in-depth Public Relations, Online Public Relations and Social Media modules are included in this extensive course.
  • Practical skills training delivery from leading industry professionals. All of Fitzwilliam Institute’s Event Management trainers are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience in a broad range of events disciplines. Fitzwilliam Institute’s event management course contains all the core and vital events industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready. This training program also features a number of guest speakers from the events industry.
  • Real life event briefs. You will gain exposure to a broad range of event types and prepare several real life event briefs, enabling you to develop your portfolio of events. Pitching to clients follows as you prepare, present and pitch your project briefs like event management professionals. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management is a unique course, which will provide you with a wealth of hands-on experience, an invaluable toolkit, and the chance to put them all into practice during your 3 months arranged work placement.
  • Site visits. During Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management course you will visit many of Ireland’s top event venues and meet Ireland’s leading event managers, gaining invaluable industry insights and contacts.
  • The live event. Your practical skills training will culminate in the creation, planning, marketing, delivery and debriefing of a real life event, based in Dublin, for a real life client.
  • CV preparation and interview techniques. An original and special feature of the Fitzwilliam Institute’s course model is the time devoted to your personal development. Commencing with an initial personal interview with Fitzwilliam Institute’s placement officer to assess, discuss and establish your future goals and aspirations within the events industry, vital intensive interview techniques, communications skills, team building skills workshops, interview to camera, video playback, and presentation skills continue from this, enabling you to hone your industry confidence. Careful preparation of your Curriculum Vitae, so that you have a clear and well-presented CV to submit to potential employers is a key part of this essential process.
  • 3 Months of arranged work experience with leading event companies and event management departments. Fitzwilliam Institute’s experienced and highly professional placement officer will work with you throughout the course to help you secure a 3 month full-time work placement within the events industry sector. This is 100% guaranteed and arranged by the institute, as we work closely with some of ireland’s leading event management companies and professionals from across the sector. Over 95% of our course participants secure full-time positions within the events industry sector upon completion of this course. As a result of over 30 years providing practical training to the industry, a significant number of our graduates are senior figures in the event management industry today. See some of their success stories here.

 

Event Management: Event Management Planning

Growth and Emergence of the Events Industry, Identifying Event Goals and Listing Objectives, Conducting a Competitive Analysis, Create an appropriate Vision and Mission for an Event, Managing Event Planning Schedules, Feasibility Studies, Record Keeping Mechanisms, Recruitment.
Practical Activity: Take a Client Brief the to identify strategic goals and event objectives.

Event Management: The Role of the Event Manager

Key Role of the Event Manager in the Planning Team, Outlining Core Roles and Responsibilities, Team Dynamics, Task and Event Timelines, Maximising Staff and Physical Resources, Planning and Coordinating Team and Suppliers, Decision Making, Contingency Planning.
Practical Activity:Assign Team Activities for Event Plans to understand the team's roles and responsibilities

Event Management: Event Planning Documentation

Event Contracts and Agreements, Troubleshooting Event Co-Ordination, Preparing a SWOT Analysis to Identify the Vulnerable and Promotional Elements of the Event, Creation and Presentation of Proposals to Clients.
Practical Activity: Write an Event Proposal to understand how to present the concept and overall plan of the event.

Event Management: Co-Ordinating Events

Developing an Event Concept, Building Effective Event Organisational Charts, Creating and Managing Duty Rosters, Analysis and Management of the Registration and Admission Process, Providing Adequate Event Security, Coordinating Event Speakers with additional Entertainment for maximum effect, Identifying Appropriate Food and Beverage Menus, Project Planning.
Practical Activity: Develop an Event Checklist and Duty Roster to illustrate the roles and responsibilities of the event's team.

Event Management: Event Logistics Management

Key Elements of Site Planning and Inspection, Planning Event Protocol Requirements for the Team and Client, Sourcing Audio Visual and Technical Support, Creating Activity timelines for Running the Event Activities.
Practical Activity: Prepare Supplier and Team Activity Timeline to outline the flow of all planning and breakdown activities.

Event Management: Marketing Event Principles

Needs and Motivations of Event Customers, The Market Research Process, Effectively Collect and Analyse Market Data, Reporting the findings to the Team and Client, Elements of the Marketing Mix (Product, Price, Promotion and Place), The Pricing Process and How to Establish a Pricing Plan for your Market, Target Marketing Channels, Promote and Develop a Website and Direct Marketing Strategy.
Practical Activity: Outline a Target Market Profile to understand the audience and their requirements.

Event Management: Marketing the Event

Planning the Event Proposal Strategy with Your Target Market in Mind, Preparing the Event Proposal, Sourcing and Sending Invitations, Budgeting and Buying Advertising, Publicising the Event, Organising Contests and Pre Event Campaigns, Merchandising, Packaging and Sales Promotion, Formulating a Public Relations Strategy, Conducting Market Research, Methods of Measuring Marketing Activity.
Practical Activity: Write a Marketing Plan to collate all marketing activities, timelines and budgets.

Event Management: Event Budget Planning

Advantages and Constraints of Using a Budget, Identifying the Key Elements of Budgetary Control and the Relationship between Them, Forecasting Expenditure, Discount and Pricing Plans, Supplier Fees and Deposits, Understanding Basics in Profit and Loss Account.
Practical Activity: Prepare an Event Budget with a goal to illustrate Event Profitability and all Coordinating, Promotional and Execution Costs.

Event Management: Event Legal and Risk Management

Explain the Central Role of Event Ownership in Event Administration, Identify the Necessary Contracts for Events and Their Components, Obtaining Event Insurance, Managing Health and Safety, Event Risk Assessment, Copyright and Trademark Considerations.
Practical Activity: Develop an Emergency Plan to understand the appropriate steps taken in unforeseen circumstances.

Event Management: Corporate Event Management

Major Impacts which Events have on their Stakeholders, Use Events to Strengthen Corporate Pride and Values, Organising Local and Global Corporate Events, Review Corporate Event Types, Events as Corporate Motivators, Managing Important Corporate Events, Determine Theme, Organising Corporate Hospitality, Negotiating Event Investment Returns, Managing Event Costs.
Practical Activity: Design a Corporate Event to understand the specific requirements of this sector

Event Management: Organising Conferences

Determine Conference Goals and Objectives, Managing Speaker Requirements, Choosing Conference Sites and Locations, Working to a Budget with a Goal to Earn a Profit, Developing Marketing Strategies for Your Target Group, Creating a Feedback Form to Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Event.
Practical Activity: Prepare a Conference Plan that describes all participants and timelines of the event.

Event Management: Sporting Event Management

Plan a Sporting Event from Conception to Post Evaluation, Event Media Marketing and Management, Logistics that Apply Across Different Sports, Earning Event Sponsorship, Managing Corporate and/or Celebrity Hospitality, Event Operating Strategy, Organising Events Team and Onsite Staff, Admissions Management, Compliance and Protocol Procedures, Planning Awards Ceremonies.
Practical Activity: Design a Sporting Event Action Plan to outline all components and timelines of the event.

Event Management: Celebrity Events

Organising Celebrity Events, Concerts and Launches, Television Related Events and Ceremonies, Fashion Shows, National Festivals, Galas, Special Themed Events, Internet Event Launches, Dealing with Celebrity Agents, handling Celebrity Wish Lists, Fireworks Displays
Practical Activity: Develop a Themed Celebrity Event to understand how to best reflect the concept goals and event structure.

Event Management: Government and Political Events

Major Social and Political Events, Managing VIP's, Developing Major Political Events, Understanding Protocol, Working with the Press and Government Agencies, Developing a Targeted PR Strategy to Promote the Event, Involving Interest Groups or Associations as Required.
Practical Activity: Write a Formal Invitation and Information Brief that is appropriate for the public sector market.

Event Management: Fundraising Events

Key Drivers Behind Running the Event, Establish a Budget and Earning Target for the Event, Developing the Event Goals and Objectives, Sourcing and Working with Volunteers, Preparing an Event Action Plan for Pre, Onsite and Post Event Management, Choosing Sites and Locations, Working to a Budget, Generating Sponsorship Support.
Practical Activity: Develop Marketing and Sponsorship Strategy that reflects the targets and requirements of the event.

Event Management: Event Sponsorship

Determining Potential Sponsorship Market based on the Event Type, Time, Location, Assessing Selling Points of the Event, Determining Sponsorship Fulfilment Responsibilities, Research and Set Sponsorship Pricing based on Market Factors and Event Exposure.
Practical Activity: Prepare a Sponsorship Proposal that illustrates the benefits of the event and why sponsors should participate.

Event Management: Exhibition Management

Types of Exhibits and Goal for Each type, Sourcing Exhibiting Companies, Resourcing the Exhibition, Determine the Design and Layout of Booth Based on Market Dynamics, Floor Location, Pricing Strategy.
Practical Activity: Prepare an Exhibition Floor Plan and Layout Template to understand how to optimise space and traffic flow.

Event Management: Staging an Exhibition

Create a Site Plan for Layout and Design, Coordinating Onsite Traffic Flow, Develop a Set up and Breakdown Plan, Determine D?cor based on Marketing Strategy, Budget and Client Profile, Review Lighting and Creative Staging.
Practical Activity: Design an Onsite Theme and Floor Plan to illustrate how the event will look and be activated on the premises.

Event Management: Event Evaluation and Reporting

Different Types of Evaluation Techniques, Understanding Options to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Event, Determine How to Evaluate Speakers and Suppliers, Tabulating and Reporting on the Event's Success to the Client.
Practical Activity: Prepare the Post Event Evaluation Report that outlines all successes and challenges of the event.

Eco-friendly Events

The Importance Of Making your Events Environmentally Friendly;
Benefits to your Company, Benefits to your Clients, Benefits to the Environment. Environmental Standards & Eco-friendly Credentials; Schemes you can adhere to, Options Available, Carbon-Neutral Events. Types of Eco-friendly Events/Suppliers; Eco-friendly Weddings, Eco-Friendly Conferences, Eco-Friendly Caterers, Eco-Friendly Venues and Questions to ask them.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Principles of Public Relations (PR), Review the Place for PR in Business Today, Review PR's Relationship with other Functions/Professions including Event Management, Marketing, etc. Professionalism and industry bodies PRII, PRCA, IPR.

Sponsorship and Community Relations

Definitions and Historical Development of the Sponsorship Market, Why Organisations engage in Sponsorship, Using Sponsorship to Target Particular Publics. What can be Sponsored? The fit between the Sponsor and the Sponsored. The Sponsorship Proposal, How Sponsorship fits in to wider PR Campaigns. Evaluating Sponsorships, Why Organisations engage in Community Relations, The Range of CR activities.
Practical Activity: Prepare a Promotional Event Brief for Sponsors which will outline the reciprocal arrangement between sponsor and event.

Online PR Module

The Social Media Landscape

Blogs, Microblogs, Chatrooms, Delicious, Email, Flickr, Twitter, Instant messaging, Message Boards, Mobile Internet , New Media Releases, Online Conferencing, Online Surveys, Pay per click, Podcasts, RSS, Search Engines, SEO, Social Networking Service Sites, Video Sharing, Virtual worlds, VoIP, Wiki and Widgets.
Practical Activity: Create a Social Networking PR Campaign for an Established Brand.

The Internet as a Media

Commercial Implications of the Internet, Social Interaction with the Internet, Web 2.0 and its Implications, Internet Convergence, the Network Effect, Internet Information Exchange, Internet Audience Size and Exposure, Internet Culture and Communication, Transparency and the Internet.
Practical Activity: Create a Strategic Client Plan which Identifies the difference between the uses of the Internet as PR Media and traditional PR Strategies.

Online PR building blocks

Online Communications Platforms, Online Communication Channels, Online Communication Mediums, Interactivity and Application of Communication Channels, Policy, Optimisation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Online Communications Channels, Online Communications Channels Planning and Implementation.
Practical Activity: Develop an Online Communications Strategy for a client scenario and indicate how it adds benefit to a traditional communications strategy.

Social Media and PR strategy

Local versus Global Communication, Landscaping Platforms, Channels and context, Online PR Organisational Analysis and Segmentation, Developing Online PR Strategies, Online PR Tactics and SEO considerations, Online PR Planning, Managing Online PR Risk and Opportunities.
Practical Activity: Identify Online PR tools for a client brief and indicate the added value to a traditional PR Campaign.

Online Influences on present PR practices

Internet influence on News, Internet Journalists, Economics of Online News Production, Internet Critics and other influences, the PR Practitioner as an Online Publisher, Ethical Internet PR, Truthfulness and Duty of Care, Online Ethics, Debate, Guidelines and Best Practice.
Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Media Discourse, Trends and Value. Policy Influences, corporate speak. Implications of Social Media for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Practical Activity: Create and compare an online CSR Plan and identify the fundamental benefits versus a traditional CSR Plan.

Social Media

Introduction to Social Media and Social Networking, How Social Media is transforming the way we do Business, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo and MySpace, LinkedIn, Flickr and Picasa, Blogs and Blogger, MeetUp and Ning, Second Life, Social Bookmarking – Delicious, Digg and StumbleUpon, Running a Social Media Marketing Campaign, Measuring the Success of Social Media Marketing.

Wedding Planning

Planning a Wedding, Timelines and Itinerary, Wedding Legalities, Budgets, Wedding Ceremony, Reception, Venue Sourcing, Supplier Sourcing Logisitics, Creating & Marketing Wedding Planning Consultancy.

Presentation Skills

The Importance of Preparation and Research, Understanding your Audience Before you Present, Speech Content (Subject Matter and Objectives), Speech Delivery and Variety, Discuss the Importance of Body Language, Eye Contact etc, Presentation Aids e.g. Visuals, etc. Management of Locations and Audiences, Presentation Structure.
Practical Activity: Design and Deliver a Presentation to learn different styles and practice your skills in a group environment.

Planning a Press Conference

Understanding the Objectives of the Press Conference, Defining the Target Audience that Should Attend, Planning Date and Time, Selecting and Booking Venue, Listing Logistics Requirements, Developing a Speaker and Presentation Plan, Reviewing Presentation Content with your Client, Timelines and Media/Press Invitations, Managing Confirmations.
Practical Activity: Plan a Press Conference with a goal of including all key elements required in a real world environment.

Press Release Writing

Define the Format to a Press Release Structure, Date, Headline, Structure, Wording, Contact Details, Note to Editor, Structuring a Press Release (the inverted pyramid model), The Appropriate use of Language for Press Releases.
Practical Activity: Write a Press Release to a specific market to understand how to best communicate all details required.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

All course sections include case study examples and practical activities to ensure that key elements are understood and applied. Participants will have the opportunity to prepare real world examples of Event Management and PR proposals, briefs, evaluations, marketing plans etc.

Event Management: Course Project

The course project is a critical part of the curriculum as it requires participants to apply all practical event management techniques learned in the program. Groups are formed and each group is given the detailed project brief and event requirements. The groups are then asked to present their recommendations to the examiners towards the end of the programme. Practical guidance will be offered throughout the course by lecturers and practitioners to ensure that theoretical learning is translated into practical proposals.

Personal Development

A special feature throughout the programme is the time devoted to the personal development of each individual. This includes an initial personal consultation to assess each individual and to discuss and establish future goals and aspirations. This is followed by careful preparation of a Curriculum Vitae so that each participant has a clear and well-presented CV to submit to potential employers. Other key areas in the Personal Development programme include communication skills, assertiveness training and the importance of attitude and motivation. Personal counselling is provided as required throughout the course.

Practical Work Experience

During the second part of the course placements are arranged with companies and organisations that can give course participants practical experience in the work areas in which they want to develop their careers. This phase of the course is closely monitored with regular assessment visits being made to each student and host company supervisor. It is expected that a significant percentage of these placements will lead to employment.

The Postgraduate Event Management course I undertook at The Fitzwilliam Institute has not only been very enjoyable and exciting, it has provided me with the perfect platform to branch out into the world of event management. I received great assistance with sourcing my work placement. Over the 12 week period, I had the opportunity to plan events for a number of blue chip corporate companies and designed their events from start to finish. I gained invaluable hands on experience working on a wide variety of events. Both the course and the practical experience gained during my work placement have reinforced my choice of career in event management.

Aoife Martin

I highly recommend doing the PGD with PR and work experience because of the following reasons:

1.) It was a good fit for me. This programme was well suited to me as a mature student, looking to return to the workplace after a five year break. It was informative, relevant, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable.

 2.) It was a great learning experience - more than I expected. The course was very interactive and fast paced, with a great emphasis on practical skills - I retained what I learned by working together in peer groups on numerous practical projects. A great mix of students of different ages, experiences, backgrounds and strengths - This presented the opportunity to start building a network of event management contacts. The lecturers were all experts in their various fields and very supportive and interested in bringing out the best in each student. The lecturers drew examples from specific aspects of their work experiences, to bring their lecturers to life for us.

3.) The work experience offered as part of the programme was invaluable. Through my work experience on this course, I was able to identify that one of my strengths lies in working in logistics. My work experience took me abroad to work on and witness an event in the planning for several months unfold - A fantastic opportunity and unforgettable experience.

4.) Volunteering opportunities. We were given the opportunity to work as volunteers on a variety of charitable events from the very small lesser know ones to several very large, well known and publicised charitable events. This experience brought to life what we as students could possibly be involved with in the future.

5.) The right mix. This course had the right mix of perfect ingredients to make it the best course I have ever taken: brilliant lecturers, interested students, industry relevant information, practical projects, hands on work experience and with support throughout the entire programme from lecturers and peers. 

Maria Tappin

 

It has been nearly a year since I finished the Postgraduate Diploma Course with Fitzwilliam Institute Group and I cannot believe how quickly it has flown by and everything I have done since then! After 3 months of work experience, when I was able to put all that I had learned in the classroom into practice, I went straight into a job working for a great sport event management company.

Since then I have worked on numerous fantastic events including Sport Relief and with really high profile clients, including Nike and Sky. My time at Fitzwilliam Institute Group, learning from people who are already highly successful in the industry, was invaluable for giving me a solid base of knowledge and practical event experience and I honestly do not think I would be where I am now if I had not taken the course.

Nicole Wright

 

I would highly recommend taking the Fitzwilliam Institute Group Post Graduate Diploma as it is thorough, hands on and very comprehensive. I am currently doing work experience at Imagination (placement found by Fitzwilliam Institute) and have used all my skills from the course. Unlike other courses which focus purely on the theory, this diploma allows you to practise events on real live briefs. It is an invaluable experience and has taught me skills that are essential to all areas of events. The tutors are knowledgeable industry professionals who have worked in Events for years and have an array of experience behind them.  If you want to get into the world of events, this is the course for you.

Anais Bellemans

 

The practical elements of the course combined with the information imparted by the trainers means that the learning curve was steep but it has proved entirely true to real life and priceless during the course of my placement. It is intensive and hard work but 100% worth it and I would definitely encourage someone considering the course to go for it! 

Ishwarya Raghuveer

I am in Dubai and doing my internship for Quintessentially Events.  They are really good and treat me like one of their team members. I am going with them to every meeting they have and learning a lot from this. At the moment I am working on the Alexander Mc Queen trunk show and also preparing a presentation for a Lamborgini launch party in April.

Rania Sahraneshin

The Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management with Public Relations gives you a good understanding of the Events industry. The most beneficial part of the course for me was planning a real life charity event. This alone gives you great insight into how much time, effort and planning goes into an event. Additionally, the 3 month work placement is a vital part as you are able to get your foot in the door and get some hands on experience. Without completing this course I may not have the job I have today!

 

Lauren O'Hanlon

Since 2010, DublinTown have had the pleasure of hosting Digital Marketing, PR and Event Management students from Fitzwilliam Institute Group on work placement. We are responsible for the marketing of Dublin City Centre on behalf of 2,500 businesses and are the creators and organisers of the Dublin Fashion Festival, Dine in Dublin and the Dublin at Christmas campaign which includes many large public events to switch on the city’s Christmas lights. We are a small team so when we take on student interns they get to do real tasks during these important campaigns and events so we need our student interns to be highly trained on their given topics and ready to jump right into executing the campaigns. The Fitzwilliam Institute Group has never failed in sending us capable student interns which I believe comes from the training they receive on their courses. Where possible, we have employed student interns at the end of their placement, some are still with us and others have moved on to excellent positions in other companies and countries. - Marketing and Communications Director, DublinTown

 

MARKETING and COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, DUBLINTOWN

The Public Relations Institute of Ireland

The Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of public relations in Ireland, and to serving the best interests of people working in the profession.

Fitzwilliam Institute Group, have been Course Directors for the PRII for the past twenty years. We have been major contributors to improvements to the syllabus, adding cutting edge modules as needed in the industry.

The Institute seeks:

  • Wider recognition of the role of public relations in business
  • Higher standards of professionalism
  • Better qualifications for PR practitioners
  • To be an effective forum for members to share common interests and experiences

Members

There are currently over 1,000 members of the PRII. They comprise public relations and communication professionals drawn from consultancies, industry, government, semi-state, voluntary and business organisations. The depth and scope of our members' backgrounds and working briefs reflect a considerable broadening of the role and responsibilities of PR professionals from the traditional media relations base, and highlight its cross-functionality with a variety of disciplines including journalism, advertising, marketing, legal, financial, healthcare and commercial functions.

Members of the Institute subscribe to the Code of Lisbon, the Code of Athens and the PRII Code of Practice for Public Affairs and Lobbying. These codes seek to promote integrity and clear understanding in the implementation of public relations programmes and closely reflect the overall objectives of the PRII itself.

International representation

The Institute is affiliated to CERP - the European Public Relations Confederation - and is also a member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management. Global Alliance is a collaborative framework of national and international public relations associations dedicated to strengthening the public relations profession and its practitioners throughout the world

next start date: 19th September 2017 (Tuesday)

Duration: 6 months (3 months in class & 3 months arranged work experience)

Venue: The Capel Building, Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7 (The Capel Building is located in Dublin’s City Centre on Mary’s Abbey (Between the Jervis and Four Courts Luas stops).

Course Fees: €4,140

To secure your place on the course a deposit of 20% (€830) is required. The remainder of the course fee balance (€3,310) is due 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. All fees must be paid before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by the Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute - BGLS Ltd.

Year on year, we successfully place our students into a 3-month organised work placement as part of their full-time Postgraduate Diploma. Over 95% of our participants end up in full time employment with their placement company, with many carving a long and rewarding career. A significant number of our past graduates are now senior figures in these industries today. See some of our most recent placement companies below and find out what they have to say.