We’re Confetti

We’re not like other colleges. We’re a specialist creative industry education and training centre and we’re home to the very best technology, studios and equipment, industry-connected tutors and over 1300 passionate and committed students. Our graduates go on to careers in music, gaming, TV, film, live events, graphic design and many more.

At Confetti, we offer courses at varying levels to suit a range of academic abilities, but what unites all our students and tutors is a passion for creative technology. We then use our skills, experience and industry links to help turn that passion into real job options. Find out more by discovering our range of College Courses, Foundation Degrees and Top-up Degrees or coming along to an Open Day.

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About the creative industries

A definition for the creative industries is difficult to pin down – but the broad industries that fall into this category are Music, Design, Publishing, Digital Media, Technology, Fashion, Games, Arts & Culture, Marketing & Advertising and TV & Film. The list is ever-growing.

Why a career in the Creative Industries?

We live in an exciting time where technology informs and supports almost everything we do. As this world expands, the industries that support it grow -offering exciting opportunities for people who choose to make a career within them. At Confetti we continue to follow key market trends to ensure we’re offering courses and qualifications to satisfy these markets, creating confident professionals who are job-ready.

The UK’s creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy

Creative industries in the UK grew by 8.9% in 2014 – almost double the economy as a whole

One in six of all UK graduate jobs is now a creative job

Labels and publishers invested £500m in new talent and British music in 2014

The creative industries generate a staggering £9.6 million pounds an hour

Our story

Established by Craig Chettle in 1994 with just a handful of staff and students Confetti has become one of the most forward thinking educational institutes in the UK.

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Nottingham-born Craig left school before completing his A-Levels, but fuelled by a love of music he formed and played in numerous bands, including a band that was label mates with none other than Frank Sidebottom! However, over time, Craig became more interested in studio production and sound engineering, alongside tour and production management with artists such as Whycliffe, Tindersticks, Nick Cave and acts from legendary rock label Earache.

Craig says: “Back then, places like Confetti didn’t exist. Your passion was your hobby and I had no real idea how to turn that into a job. Plus, wanting to work in music without moving to London seemed impossible”.

Inspired by his own experiences Craig founded Confetti after recognising a need for industry-lead vocational creative technology courses. It started small, offering a handful of music and sound design courses. It is now one of the country’s leading education establishments and home to over 1300 further and higher education students, at the very start of their careers in the highly competitive fields of games, TV, film, music, events and radio.

“My job has become to harness talent and enthusiasm and match it with opportunity – creating the right environment for success”

Craig Chettle, Founder and CEO, Confetti Media Group

Our mission

At Confetti our aim is to make sure you receive the best, the most relevant & the most inspiring creative industry education & training. Our mission is to help turn your dream jobs into real jobs.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do. Core values help us to manage how we behave across the entire company. They give our work focus, influence decisions and underpin our success. Confetti Media Group strives for success by applying the same principles and five core values across its group businesses.

We’re all about making sure you get the best chances to ‘Do It For Real’ – perform it, produce it, design it, film it, stage it.

Excellence – Always asking how we can do, what we do, to the highest quality

Innovation – Always striving to do, what we do, in a better way

Openness – Operating cooperatively and decently in all situations

Integration – Remembering that we are at our best, our strongest, our most unique when two or more of the business divisions work well towards a common purpose

Enterprise – Retaining an appetite and readiness for new challenges, combined with an intelligent assessment of risk

Our industry partners

Confetti was a trailblazer. It was the first specialist establishment of its kind in the region and its success led to the formation of the Confetti Media Group – a unique family of five companies that include Notts TV, Antenna Media Centre, Spool Films and a record label and artist management company called Denizen.

The Confetti Media Group is one of the main creative industry employers in the region. It has over 200 employees and it further supports an industry membership of over 450 creative businesses ranging from PR firms to Games Developers. Named as a “digital pioneer” in Nottingham City Council’s Growth Plan; Craig is also Vice Chair of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

In its 20-year history, Confetti has delivered college and university level courses to thousands of students who have gone on to work for huge names in music, TV, film and gaming including the likes of Warner Brothers, Ubisoft and Bauer Media to name just a few.

Confetti courses are operated in partnership with Central College Nottingham and our parent Nottingham Trent University. However, what makes Confetti really unique are the companies which run alongside the institute and form the Confetti Media Group.

Industry Week

Although industry is woven into the fabric of every course, Confetti Industry Week is a concentrated week of activities and events, lending a unique insight from some of the UK’s most influential creative talent. Each year we go off timetable, open up the floor and let the industry take over. Expect interactive workshops, in-depth seminars and exclusive performances – this is your chance to get inspired and learn from the pros.

Our heavy-weights have included the likes of Jamal Edwards from SBTV, Radio 1Xtra’s Mistajam and Game of Thrones’ actor Joe Dempsie. With 3D model-making from the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace & Gromit, gaming techniques from the people behind Call of Duty and technical event tips from Michael Eavis the founder of Glastonbury – Confetti Industry Week is the ultimate student experience.

Confetti’s Industry Week is the only event of its kind in the UK – giving students a real insight into the industries they aspire to join – with tips, tricks and insider knowledge to help them on their way to getting job-ready.