Special Events

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2420
Semester Length
5 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces students to the special events industry in Metro Vancouver. Students will have the opportunity to examine this sector of the entertainment industry and its relationship to traditional theatrical production. The transferability of theatrical production skills to the special events industry will also be explored.
Course Content
  1. Special event venues, suppliers and organizations
  2. Specialized equipment and training
  3. Public safety issues, statutes, regulations, fire code and best practices
  4. Production management techniques and forms
  5. Design and décor techniques and skills
  6. Documentation and drawing requirements
  7. Labour relations, crew and venue regulations
Learning Activities

Students will receive 3 hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction. Guest speakers and field trips to venues and suppliers may be included.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and ability to meet deadlines.

Professionalism: 5 indicators X 10%  50%
Research Project 25%
Design Project  25%
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. describe the special event industry in Vancouver
  2. identify unique job skills and competencies specific to the special event industry
  3. develop a concept design for a special event
  4. identify some of the various special event venues, suppliers and organizations
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the specialized equipment used in the special event industry
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legal and statutory regulations
Textbook Materials




Registered in Stagecraft or permission of Coordinator.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for STGE 2420
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2023