Get the skills and experience you need to succeed in event planning - 2021/2022

In this diploma program, you will learn skills in project management, event and communications technology, marketing, food and beverage hosting and management, customer relations, event execution, and more. Our small class sizes offer a collaborative environment where you can develop a strong connection with faculty, peers and industry partners.

With a focus on practical event experiences, you’ll apply your knowledge planning and executing fundraising events, including a final capstone project. You will also participate in various multi-disciplinary event projects with students in other programs, and gain valuable work experience in a semester-long co-op. 

The program enjoys strong ties to the event management community providing an opportunity for students to collaborate and network with a variety of community partners through field trips to events, destinations, and guest lectures. Upon graduation, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills for an event planning career.

Program Overview

Event Planning is a two-year diploma program designed for individuals interested in a career in event management. Students will be exposed to the vast types of special events, from social events, corporate meetings, festivals, conventions, and large sporting events. Students will develop essential event management skills such as planning, assessment, communication, and critical thinking.

This program will explore current trends and technologies in the event industry, including software applications, food and beverage, PR and sponsorship, logistics, risk management, business tools, and more. Students will gain hands-on experience in planning, marketing, and executing events.

Students will be provided opportunities to explore their area of interest including corporate events, social events, and sporting events. Students will also explore event destinations. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to obtain WSET and Prud’homme Beer certifications. The program also fulfils the educational requirements for the industry certification designation: Certified Meeting Planner (CMP).

Students may continue their education after graduation through a degree pathway to Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC or the Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee in Ireland.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Event Planning program have the skills to creatively tackle every aspect of event planning, from selecting venues and determining costs to designing web pages and event décor. Career opportunities can be found with a variety of employers, including:

  • hotels
  • convention centres
  • conference centres
  • casinos
  • caterers
  • golf and country clubs
  • wedding planners
  • festivals
  • cruise lines
  • theme parks
  • museums
  • entertainment complexes
  • professional associations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • insurance companies
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • marketing companies
     

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Event Planning program:

Event Services
Perform all tasks and duties required for the setup, operation and tear down of all events.

Event Staff
Enthusiastic and energetic individuals helping to maintain an event space and provide excellent guest service.

Marketing and Events Associate

Support a wide range of marketing, communications and business development initiatives.

 

Jennifer Calvert
Graduate

Returning to Fanshawe College as a mature student and a career change was the best decision I have ever made! Everyone I interacted with was extremely supportive and encouraging; right from the Career Counsellor, to the Registrar's Office, to the professors and my fellow students. I highly recommend Fanshawe College for a quality education and an incredible experience!

Bailey Boudreau
Graduate

After completing my special events planning diploma, I decided to take advantage of the pathway to a degree in Limerick, Ireland. It’s the best decision I ever made.

Learning Outcomes ​​​​​​

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Plan and design events to meet organizational and client objectives;
  2. Select food and beverage catering services, site location, and décor, according to the theme and needs of an event;
  3. Develop marketing plans and related promotional plans for events that will meet the needs of the organization and/or client;
  4. Coordinate and/or supervise staff, contractors and volunteers in order to achieve the desired performance;
  5. Employ best practices for financial management in the planning of events;
  6. Manage the business transactions of event projects to meet organization and/or client needs;
  7. Develop strategies to mitigate risk and liability to ensure the safety and security of participants during an event;
  8. Maintain ethical practices and professionalism in the events field to create positive relationships and experiences;
  9. Apply strategies that support intercultural awareness and inclusion in event offerings that meet the needs of diverse populations;
  10. Use industry standard technology platforms, systems, tools and applications to support the operations of events;
  11. Secure monies through sponsorships, funds, or grants to support event objectives;
  12. Engage in ongoing learning for professional and career growth;
  13. Identify and respond to new career opportunities that may include contract work and entrepreneurship, to secure employment;
  14. Communicate information persuasively and accurately in written, verbal and interactive formats.

 

Program Progression

Fall intake

Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Level 1 Level 2 Off
Year 2 Level 3 Level 4 n/a

 

Winter intake

Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 n/a Level 1 Level 2
Year 2 Level 3 Level 4 n/a

 

 

More Information - 2021/2022

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and design events to meet organizational and client objectives;
  2. Select food and beverage catering services, site location, and décor, according to the theme and needs of an event;
  3. Develop marketing plans and related promotional plans for events that will meet the needs of the organization and/or client;
  4. Coordinate and/or supervise staff, contractors and volunteers in order to achieve the desired performance;
  5. Employ best practices for financial management in the planning of events;
  6. Manage the business transactions of event projects to meet organization and/or client needs;
  7. Develop strategies to mitigate risk and liability to ensure the safety and security of participants during an event;
  8. Maintain ethical practices and professionalism in the events field to create positive relationships and experiences;
  9. Apply strategies that support intercultural awareness and inclusion in event offerings that meet the needs of diverse populations;
  10. Use industry standard technology platforms, systems, tools and applications to support the operations of events;
  11. Secure monies through sponsorships, funds, or grants to support event objectives;
  12. Engage in ongoing learning for professional and career growth;
  13. Identify and respond to new career opportunities that may include contract work and entrepreneurship, to secure employment;
  14. Communicate information persuasively and accurately in written, verbal and interactive formats.

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
London - Downtown
Open
2022 September
London - Downtown
Open
2022 September
London - Online
Open
2023 January
London - Downtown
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
London - Downtown
Open
2022 September
London - Downtown
Open
2023 January
London - Downtown
Open
Program Code
SEP2

Program Coordinator:

Colin Robertson

Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Online
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks