Special topics are offered to graduates who wish to further study specific areas of event planning.  These courses explore in more detail the nuances of the specialty area and provide further opportunity to study, practice and explore the unique planning features and challenges of these event types.  Special courses include: Weddings, Social Events, Nonprofit Events, Community Events, Corporate Events and Academic Events.

 

The same methods are used as in the core program of study and include online presentations, videos, forums, assessments to test understanding, forums for collaboration and instructor/peer interaction and resources to use for future events.  Industry experts and instructors provide insight and advice to better prepare students for a career focusing on these various event areas. Specialty courses are offered in 6 - 8-week terms and are available to graduates of the Certificate Program. The cost is $500 per course.  

 

Completion of one or more specialty courses will result in advanced specialty certificates in the area of study.  Completion of all five specialty courses will result in students gaining a Masters Certificate in Special Events Planning.

 

These course are available to all graduates of the Certificate Program beginning July 2014.

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For those in charge of planning academic events at universities, colleges and educational institutions, the Academic Events Specialty course will demonstrate how events for students, alumni, benefactors, professors and administrators can be produced on time and on budget while considering the unique styles of each event participant.  A focus on protocol, safety, event preparation and flow, and vendor/supplier relations will help the academic planner meet fiscal and branding goals.

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The Corporate Events Specialty course will help internal or external planners prepare for the complexities of planning corporate events.  From trade shows, product launches and conferences to sales incentive, team building and recognition events, students will be exposed to the processes used to produce events in a corporate setting. 

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The Social Event course will cover the unique features of social events. Students will identify methods of marketing and securing business in the social event sector.  Students will gain an understanding of the approach and methods to respond to the unique needs of the social event market. Types of social events discussed include: Galas, Parties, Children’s Events, Teen Events (Sweet 16, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and Graduation), Commemorative Celebrations, Engagements, Showers, Anniversaries, and Birthdays.

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Events occur weekly in communities worldwide. How can a professional planner add value to the experience?  In the Community Events Specialty course, students will learn how to use professional skills to increase attendance, improve the look and feel of the event and create safe and successful experiences for attendees.



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The Wedding Specialty course will cover the many elements that go into planning a wedding celebration. Students will learn the rituals and customs of traditional weddings, contemporary trends and practices and pricing and planning techniques. The course will also cover design elements that pertain exclusively to weddings while building upon the event planning skills mastered in the Core Courses.

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The nonprofit sector offers many opportunities for the professional planner. From fundraising galas to community awareness events – gatherings allow the nonprofit client to share information and enlist valuable support.  Event planning skills are essential to create safe and successful experiences for the client and their supporters or members. This course will examine how a professional planner can assist cause-related groups to bring their events to a new and professional level. Other topics include working with nonprofit committees, meetings, conference and income-generating elements of a nonprofit event.

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