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Event Design

Event Design

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sue Mayes


This course will provide an insight into the relatively new world of event design. A vibrant and expanding industry covering everything from conferences, experimental events, car and product launches to parties and weddings. It will aim to teach you how to apply your existing skills in this area. Through project-based work, you will learn how to analyse site-specific spaces, research themes and concepts and develop your own original ideas.

Emphasis will also be put on combining imagination, practicality and improvisational skills in order to pitch your ideas to clients.

Topics covered

  • Client relations
  • Research
  • Understanding spaces
  • Developing ideas
  • Mood boards and other presentation methods.

  • Outcomes

    You will be asked to work, in small groups and independently, on given fictional briefs. With individual tutorial guidance, you will prepare your ideas for presentation to the group.

    By the end of the course you will have an understanding of the skills required to work as an event designer.

    Who should take this course?

    This course caters for the creative practitioner who is looking to diversify their career options, and people already in the industry who wish to move to a more creative role.


    Beginners as well as more experience students wishing to practice and develop their design skills.

    Entry requirements

    No previous experience is needed. Some drawing ability and/or a familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator or other graphic programs is helpful.

    Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

    Tutor Description

    Sue Mayes trained at Central Saint Martins since when she has had a wide ranging career working as a freelance set and costume designer in the Theatre, as well as being a partner in the Event Design company, Visualfeast. She has also taught extensively in many of the major drama schools.


    Please bring with you to the first session:

    • Design Magazines
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Drawing materials: Pens & Pencils
    • Materials to create colour: Pastels and/or Paint and/or Coloured Pens
    • Ruler
    • Digital / Phone Camera (if you have one)
    • Assorted Coloured Paper
    • Tablet/ Laptop (if you have one).

    Available dates

    If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.