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You can do a degree in festival management

12th March 2014

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Yes, it might seem very, very specific, and probably too good to be true – but studying for a degree in festival management is in fact a real thing.

Far from being a month-long module within the depths of an events management degree, festival degrees are actually full time courses in a number of UK universities – news which has frankly just made our day.

Of course, there are multiple skills that you can pick up from a degree in festivals – substantial knowledge of the arts, budgeting, marketing, promotion, sustainability, massive amounts of organisation and patience, enhanced ability to deal with mud, etc.

(We’re wondering if Emily Eavis will be giving a seminar on dealing with rappers in meltdown at any point... yes we’re looking at you, “f*ck-them-and-their-farm” Wiley. )

This extremely niche degree choice was brought to our attention this morning by The Guardian, who have helpfully pointed out that festival-type degrees can come as BAs or MAs, and can be studied in various locations across the country – including at Southbank University in London, De Montford University in Leicester and Southampton Solent.

We’re currently wondering how long it is before other news outlets pick up on it and start yelling about “Mickey Mouse degrees,” in a way that suggests what the country really needs is yet more unemployed ancient history graduates rather than people who can actually, you know, manage things.

Let’s ignore them when they do – we think a degree in festival management sounds great. Plus, think of all the fieldwork you’ll have to do as part of your course... Glastonbury in the name of research, anyone?

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