But first, a preface: There is no such thing as a silent disco major. But there is such thing as an event planning or hospitality major. An educational concentration like hospitality will help you learn the skills to add silent disco elements to any party you plan. Hence, the “majoring in silent disco” title of the post.
For all event planners out there, you don’t need a degree in order to plan events. But completing a formal program will certainly help you hone the skills needed to enter the industry.
If this is your passion, here are a few tips:
Disguised as something different.
Event planning usually falls under many program names at colleges and universities. Here a few programs and concentrations that will lead you on the path to becoming a rock star event professional.
- Business Administration
- Food and Hotel Management
- Hospitality Enterprise
- Meetings and Events
- Tourism Management
What it is.
Usually, hospitality or tourism management courses are very similar to the courses taken to obtain a Business Degree — some of which are standard business courses, including marketing, public relations, accounting, and strategy.
How this helps the event planner in you.
Did you sign up to study hospitality but are wondering why you’re taking all of these business courses? Trust us, they help. Marketing and public relations teach you the tools to create effective messaging and promote your event. Accounting helps with budgets, negotiating, and dealing with vendors. And strategy teaches you to be smart about planning, realize your goals and objectives, and successfully meet them.
All over the country.
While many companies and brands gravitate towards holding events in metropolitan cities, you don’t have to live in those cities to study the craft. Luckily, there are programs scattered all over the country at colleges and universities. If you’re serious about majoring in event planning and hospitality, check out these four-year schools.
- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
- Lynn University
- New York University
- Penn State University
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Nevada Las Vegas
If a four-year program isn’t for you, that’s ok too. There are other ways to master event planning that won’t break the bank or interfere with your day job. These include:
- Associate Degree
- Certificate Programs
- Community College
- Continuing Education Courses
- Online College