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Special Events

Course Code: STGE 2420
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 5 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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

course prerequisites

Registered in Stagecraft or permission of Coordinator.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.