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Event Management and Design

The Event Management and Design Online Training course will equip you with the knowledge to advance in the field if you're already working in special events, or it will prepare you to enter the profession with an understanding of the industry. You'll build a foundation that you can use to build a career in special events or start your own special event business.

This course is split up into two modules: Special Event Management and Special Event Design and Decoration. Each module includes multiple units complete with interactive presentations. Corporate events, weddings, parades, festivals, and more are covered. You'll learn about the practicalities of planning events and the dazzle of designing them. From permits to pyrotechnics, this course will teach you how to design, plan, implement, and evaluate special events. Learn to create spectacular special events with the Event Management and Design Online Training course!

6 Months / 300 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES402

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to run an event from start to finish
  • Become a master of time management
  • Understand how to manage other people, including coworkers and temporary event staff
  • Master creating contracts, obtaining permits, and meeting safety regulations
  • Learn how to set and work within a budget for large-scale events
  • Know how to calmly and effectively work with peers, vendors, and clients
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 300 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Acquire the fundamental skills to jump-start your career as a wedding planner or special event coordinator
  • Be able to run an event from start to finish while staying within your proposed timeline and budget
  • Develop solid communication skills and understand job-related terms that will enable you to work well with vendors, clients, and coworkers in the industry
  • Demonstrate to potential employers that you're serious about a career in event planning by enrolling in this course and receiving your certificate upon completion


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Special Event Management

Understand the fundamental elements of successful event management. Learn about the administration, coordination, and marketing elements that go into creating and promoting an event.

Special Event Career Development and Technologies

Discuss special event career opportunities and possible room for growth within the field. You'll also cover special event management technologies that help with storing data, managing time, and reaching out to vendors and attendees.

Ethics and Responsibilities

Define the ways in which you and your team will be held legally and ethically responsible during an event. Ensure you know how to receive the proper licenses and insurance for all events. Also expect to cover ways to remain socially responsible and how to reduce the environmental impact of your planned events.

Design and Decorations

Review best practices for ordering and placing designs and decorations. Understand how the size and location of a venue can impact the scope of decorations permitted inside.

Decorative Elements

Learn how to bring together backdrops, props, flowers, fabrics, balloons, and lighting elements. Understand how to coordinate event entertainment, signage, and catering services.

Types of Special Events

Go over the various types of events that you may want to work on. This portion of the course will cover corporate and social events, weddings, fairs, festivals, spectacles, and parades.

  1. Special Event Management
    1. Principles of Event Management
    2. Administration
    3. Coordination
    4. Marketing
    5. Legal, Ethical, Risk Management
    6. Special Event Management Technology
    7. Special Event Career Development
    8. Corporate Social Responsibility and Greener Events
  2. Special Event Design and Decorations
    1. Design and Decorations
      1. Theory and Principles
      2. Practices and Methodology
      3. Impact of Venue
      4. The Business
    2. Decorative Elements
      1. Backdrops and Props
      2. Flowers
      3. Fabrics
      4. Balloons
      5. Lighting
      6. Entertainment, Signage, and Food
      7. Candles, Ice, Pyrotechnics
    3. Types of Special Events
      1. Corporate
      2. Social
      3. Weddings
      4. Fairs and Festivals
      5. Spectacles
      6. Parades
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Instructors & Support

Dawn Lianna

Dawn Lianna is an accomplished event manager, educator, and natural health expert with over 30 years of experience in event management, natural healing, and personal coaching. Her client list includes non-profit, community, and educational organizations, along with corporations and individuals. As an event manager, she has planned, coordinated, and co-hosted over 500 successful events. She has a deep knowledge of the inner workings of the events space, which she shares with students as the instructor of the Event Management and Design course. She is also the author and instructor of the course, Keys to Effective Communication. Her MA in Counseling and Psychology, along with her status as Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, combine in her approach to trust, respect, and rapport in effective conversation. As an active, certified coach, she integrates alternative health practices and her personal studies of herbology, nutrition, positive thinking, intuition development, acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, and naturopathic medicines in her work and in her Introduction to Natural Health and Healing course.




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. It is taught at the college level and requires the basic high-school level academic competencies. You should have a high school degree or the equivalent, basic liberal arts knowledge, and an understanding of and interest in different cultures. You will also need a basic understanding of computers and must be comfortable navigating the Internet.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following e-Books will be provided to you after registration:

  • Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Designing and Decorating Special Events, by James C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP
  • Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebration by Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP

NOTE: The e-Books are non-refundable.


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When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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