Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design

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  • Produce & manage a conference
  • Design, plan & coordinate a wedding
  • Offered by E Learning
  • Industry recognised 
  • Complete in as little as 9 months 
  • Benchmarked at Level 4

The Advanced Diploma in Planning and Design is the perfect course for someone wishing to work in all areas of events including weddings, corporate, festival, sporting, pop-up events as outlined in the units below. It is a fast paced course that can be completed in as little as 9 months and covers all elements in planning, managing, designing, styling and producing special events.

The last three sections of your course, Sections 12, 13 & 14 are dedicated to marketing, finance, starting and running a successful business in the wedding and event industry. These units will ensure you can hit the ground running upon successful completion of your course.

A brand new addition to our Diploma courses is the Portfolio Assignment. All the assignments and unit projects you complete as part of your course will see you ticking off the required elements of a portfolio and receiving invaluable feedback and guidance from your tutor on the areas that need improvement. Upon completion of the course you will have a chance to incorporate the feedback into the final version of each element that will form part of your portfolio submission. The portfolio itself is submitted at the end of your course and critiqued by your tutor to give you feedback on the overall presentation so you are ready to hit the ground running once you graduate. We are the only company to offer this invaluable service.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a Diploma, Digital Certification Badge and be able to use the title of Accredited Wedding & Event Planner and Accredited Event Designer, which is recognized internationally. Our courses have Approved Content status with ILEA

Section 1 – The Anatomy of an Event

  • Unit 1 – The World of Events
  • Unit 2 – Think Like A Planner
  • Unit 3 – Creating a Concept
  • Unit 4 – Developing a Theme

Section 2 – The Planning Process

  • Unit 5 – The Stages of an Event
  • Unit 6 – The Event Budget
  • Unit 7 – Event Sites and Venues
  • Unit 8 – Food and Beverage Operations

Section 3 – Managing Your Suppliers

  • Unit 9 – Speakers and Entertainment
  • Unit 10 – Audio Visual and Lighting
  • Unit 11 – Travel and Accommodation
  • Unit 12 – Corporate Gifts and Merchandise

Section 4 – Event Marketing

  • Unit 13 – Event Branding and Marketing Strategies
  • Unit 14 – Event Proposals

Section 5 – The Basics of Wedding Design

  • Unit 15 – The World of Wedding Design
  • Unit 16 – Conceptualization and Planning
  • Unit 17 – The Principles of Wedding Design

Section 6 – The Theory of Design

  • Unit 18 – Color Schemes & Effects
  • Unit 19 – Design and Decor Techniques

Section 7 – Design Elements

  • Unit 20 – Floral Design & Decor
  • Unit 21 – Fabric Decor
  • Unit 22 – Special Effects
  • Unit 23 – Creating a Table Centerpiece

Section 8 – Wedding Planning Basics

  • Unit 24 – Folklore, Traditions & Etiquette
  • Unit 25 – Location and Ceremony
  • Unit 26 – Design and Your Venue

Section 9 – Wedding Vendors & Your Team

  • Unit 27 – Wedding Catering & Rentals
  • Unit 28 – Transport
  • Unit 29 – Invites and Gifts
  • Unit 30 – Photographer & Videographer

Section 10 – Wedding Production

  • Unit 31 – Software and Presenting Your Design
  • Unit 32 – The Wedding Day
  • Unit 33 – Working With Wedding Suppliers

Section 11 – The Mindset of Sales

  • Unit 34 – The Psychology of a Bride
  • Unit 35 – Client Consultations

Section 12 – Marketing and Social Media

  • Unit 36 – Marketing 101
  • Unit 37 – Setting Up A Social Media Strategy 
  • Unit 38 – How to Style Your Brand 
  • Unit 39 – The Business of Blogging 
  • Unit 40 – Getting Published and Maximizing PR

Section 13 – Starting a Business

  • Unit 41 – The Business Plan
  • Unit 42 – Finance and Pricing Your Services
  • Unit 43 – Contracts and Insurance

Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design


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Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design

One of the most important parts of learning is the ability to apply what you have learned. Consolidation of each unit is vital and we do this by using unit projects and assignments. There are no tests or exams in what we do at the Academy instead we use real life scenarios from professionals wedding and event planners to allow you to demonstrate the knowledge you have gained in a practical way.

Your course will include 12 assignments, 4 based on an authentic event brief that will see you working your way through planning, managing and producing a conference and 6 based around wedding planning and design where you will choose a theme to work on for the duration of your assignments from the following list:

  • Vintage
  • Romantic
  • Offbeat
  • Beach
  • Rustic
  • Literature (choose a book on which the theme will be loosely based on. Some ideas would be a Jane Austen novel, Charles Dickens novel or even a fairy tale book)
  • Cinema (choose a film on which the theme will be loosely based on. Some ideas would be the Twilight Saga, The Great Gatsby, Sex and the City or Anna Karenina)
  • Travel (choose a style such as Mexican, Venetian, Spanish, Parisian etc.)

For the event planning units you will be planning, managing and running a conference.

These assignments will lead you through every stage of planning, designing and styling an event and wedding. You will be expected to treat your tutor as your client and the assignment you submit as your proposal. There will also be a short unit project at the end of each unit to allow you to test the knowledge you have learned in the unit.

Effectively you are building yourself a portfolio as you make your way through the course, allowing you to hit the ground running upon graduation. The last 2 assignments in the course focus on starting your own wedding and event consultancy and marketing your services in this highly competitive marketplace. Included as part of your course material is a 3 Month license to Planning Pod and also a 3 month license to 3D Event Designer software. Both of these will be a great tool for you to use when you start your business.

Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design

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