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Celebrate 2017 – Our FE Students Showcased Their Work Across Hockley

Celebrate 2017

This month, our Level 3 TV & Film, Music, Performance, Games and Digital Media students took over Hockley to showcase their work for Celebrate 2017. The exhibition spanned across three amazing venues, perfect for showing what our young creatives are capable of.

Broadway Cinema

After the success of Confetti’s very first Celebrate Short Film Festival last year, our students once again took over Broadway Cinema to treat their fellow students, staff, family and friends to a range of films (including Ellies which highlights the important work taking place on the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital), documentaries and music videos – all written, directed, edited and starred in by our students across our TV & Film and Film & Acting courses.

Rough Trade

After lunch, our Music Performance, Music Technology and Live Events students came together to put on an amazing free music festival at Rough Trade. People were treated to DJ sets, incredible live bands and amazing custom stage lighting. The festival didn’t stop there, as the music continued at The National Videogame Arcade with the Confetti Live Acoustic Stage.

The National Videogame Arcade

Celebrate finished with the public being invited to The National Videogame Arcade to test a variety of games created by our Games Technology students, ranging from Tabletop to Virtual Reality. Our students’ Digital Media, VFX and Gaming portfolios wowed the public, giving them an idea of what the next generation of Games Art and Visual Effects students can create.

Check out our Games Art students’ work in this online portfolio.

Games tutor Adam Cain was really proud of how good the students work looked:

“It was fantastic to see our talented students artwork placed within an institution such as the National Videogame Arcade. I think it’s a rare opportunity to exhibit somewhere like this, and hopefully they’ll be proud of their accomplishments.”

It was an amazing day and we wish the best of luck to all of our students as they head into higher education or the world of employment.

So, where will you be studying this September? If you want to study one of our college courses or degrees then it’s not too late to apply.

Students Work on the Shoot for our New Confetti Promo Video

Confetti Promotional Video

Our students have been ‘Doing It For Real’ working on the shoot for our new promo.

Our sister company Spool have been creating the promo together with Nottingham director Carolina Giammetta. Carolina has written and directed several acclaimed short films that have been selected for International Film Festivals and have been nominated and won several Best Short Film awards across the world.

The promo has been created to showcase the ‘Confetti Experience’ by giving you a glimpse of what our students get up to during their studies. Our students have been involved in everything from acting to filming the promo, racking up some valuable work experience on a real production set. The video will feature some of our amazing facilities, as well as other locations around Nottingham (the Confetti classroom isn’t your average classroom). Check out some of the places where our students study on our interactive map.

You’ll be able to see the premiere of the new Confetti promo on the big screen at this weekend’s Splendour Festival, where our students will be ‘Doing It For Real’ assisting the technical teams running the festival. In the meantime, have a sneak peek at some of the behind the scenes photos we’ve taken during production.

So, where will you be studying this September? If you want to study one of our college courses or degrees then it’s not too late to apply.

Splendour 2017 – Stage Times Announced for the Confetti Stage!

Earlier this year we’ve announced that we’re returning to Splendour and we’re excited to confirm the line-up and stage times for the Confetti stage.

Billy Ocean – 8.15pm – 9.15pm

Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set. Our students will be back running the stage taking this amazing opportunity to work alongside and support the performance of a massive star.


Black Grape – 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Next up, rock band Black Grape, formed by Shaun Ryder and Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge after the demise of Happy Mondays, will be bringing their Britpop canon to Splendour. Following a UK tour to mark the 21st anniversary of chart topping debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’, and a fantastic show at Rock City in December, expect a lively set of catchy pop hooks including “In the Name of the Father” and “Reverend Black Grape”.

British Sea Power – 5.15pm – 6pm

International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers – the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the lustrous, panoramic art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to the Confetti Stage line up.


Buzzcocks – 4pm – 4.45pm

Regarded as one of the most influential bands ever, Buzzcocks have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades. Fresh from their global 40th anniversary tour, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remington and Danny Farrant will bring their high-octane guitar, bass and drum power to the Confetti Stage. With six successful and well-received studio albums under their belt, along with years of high profile gigging, expect an epic set of crowd pleasers including the landmark “Orgasm Addict” and UK top 40 single “Ever Fallen in Love”.

Bud – 3pm – 3.30pm

Performing on stage before Buzzcocks is Nottingham artist Bud. Bud’s vibrant reggae beats have been played by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Greg James and Scott Mills and championed by BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan. At the end of 2016, the rising star was one of the most played artists on BBC Introducing in the East Midlands.

We are also excited to announce that one artist signed to our very own artists management company Denizen will be playing on the Confetti stage.

Josh Wheatley – 2pm – 2.45pm

Former Confetti student Josh Wheatley will be making a return to the festival! Having just released his second single Shiver, the future is looking bright for Josh and we can’t wait to see him perform live.

Main Stage

Multiple Brit Award winning, indie-rock band, Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as headliners for this year’s award-winning Splendour Festival! The success of their debut album ‘Employment’, released in 2005 with hits including Everyday I Love You Less and Less and I Predict a Riot, sold over three million copies and won the band three Brit Awards, and also won an NME Award for Best Album.

Since then, Kaiser Chiefs have gone on to release five more original studio albums including their latest album Stay Together (2016), which charted in the UK top five.

Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, will generate plenty of excitement joining Kaiser Chiefs as the next act confirmed for the Main Stage. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and hit singles, including “Crashed The Wedding”, “What I Go to School For”, “You Said No”, “Who’s David” and “Thunderbirds”.

They will be joined on the main stage by:

  • Tony Hadley
  • Gabrielle Aplin
  • Georgie
  • Future Sound of Nottingham winner Brotherhood
  • Yola Carter
  • Will Varley

Stage Times (Hover over the image to zoom)

splendour festival set times

Acoustic Rooms Stage

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage are a range of talented local artists!


  • Into the Ark
  • Yazmin Lacey
  • Jimi Mack
  • Unknown Era
  • Tom Lumley
  • Billie
  • Young T & Bugsey
  • Lisa Hendricks
  • Sunflower Thieves 

Want to find out how to Do It For Real and work at Splendour next year? Check out our college courses and degree courses now.

Celebrate Games Art Portfolio

celebrate games art portfolio

Inside this booklet is a celebration of Confetti’s Games Art students. The work shown here demonstrates our talented students’ practical, technical and academic achievements made whilst studying with Confetti. Click on the image above to download the booklet


Want to be part of Celebrate next year? Find out more about our College Courses or come along to one of our college-level open days.

Work begins on Confetti’s contemporary music education hub

Confetti is set to become a leading force in contemporary music education with the creation of our new home for music and live events in Nottingham.

We’re working on transforming the ground-floor of the Marco Island building in Nottingham into a contemporary music and events education hub which will include music studios, rehearsal rooms, sound recording and editing suites, social spaces and a 300-capacity auditorium. The first spaces are expected to be ready for students starting a course this October and the full development is expected to be fully open by Spring 2018.

This means that if you’ve accepted an offer to study on both our college-level and degree courses in Music Performance, Music Technology and Live and Technical Events production you’ll learn in some of the finest studios in Europe!

“We have always re-invested in our facilities to stay current, but this development takes our provision for music and events to another level. It makes Nottingham a “must go to” destination for contemporary music education.”
Craig Chettle, Founder and Chief Executive at CICT

The new music hub is going to be kitted out with all the latest industry-standard equipment, and acoustic and technical design for the new spaces is being delivered by renowned industry specialists White Mark.

“Confetti’s new Contemporary Music Hub will, undoubtedly, be an educational centre of European significance. Its facilities – both in quality and variety, will fully reflect the highest standards of the professional work place and offer students a learning experience in a context that truly represents the world in which they hope to succeed.”
David Bell, Managing Director White Mark

The location of the new music hub places our students right on the doorstep of the UK’s largest musical instruments retailer and our close partners Professional Music Technology. 

The Marco Island Development will undoubtedly become the UK’s centre of excellence for music technology education. By working closely with Confetti, our company will ensure that the facility and its community of students will have access to cutting-edge music technology, performance-based equipment and exclusive events.”
Simon Gilson, PMT Chief Executive Officer

The new music hub will not only be a teaching space, but together with our partners at Nottingham Trent University, we’ll also run a distinctive programme of public-facing activities, such as gigs and events.

The Marco Island space is our second site being developed this year – find out more about our campus developments and stay up-to date with all the latest news.

Do you want to study in our new contemporary music hub and take advantage of our amazing facilities?

It’s not too late to start a degree at Confetti this September! Clearing is now open and if you want to start an application you can talk to us directly at or on 0115 993 2321. You can also call the Clearing line now on 0115 848 6000 where the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University will help you.

You can still start a college course this September – just pick one of our Music & Events courses from the options below and start your application today. If you need any help with your application, you can contact our Admissions team on 0115 993 2321 or If you want to come and have a look around and talk to our tutors you can also book a space onto our next open day on Tuesday 1 August.

Film student Ellie launches documentary in aid of Glenfield Hospital

Level 3 Film & TV Production student Ellie has attracted media attention from the BBC, as her Final Major Project highlights the important work taking place on the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital. You can watch it at Celebrate next week.

Ellie, who was been a patient at Glenfield hospital herself has chosen the topic in order to raise awareness of the important work being done on the cardiac ward, as it’s currently at risk of being shut down. She’s been on BBC Radio Leicester and Nottingham, and featured on the BBC’s website where she discussed her documentary, and why it’s vital that the ward doesn’t close.

Catch Ellie talking to BBC Radio Nottingham here (2:07:10).

The film includes interviews with nurses, doctors and patients at Glenfield Hospital, who Ellie met when she returned to the cardiac ward for minor surgery this Spring: ‘Incidentally, I had to go back to Glenfield earlier this year and have minor heart surgery to remove a wire. I spoke to my doctors and the nurses and soon they had put me in contact with more doctors. Everyone was lovely and very supportive.’

I wanted to show people why we need to save the cardiac unit. Especially people who’ve not had any heart issues and might not be aware of the wonderful work happening at Glenfield Hospital.

Throughout the process of completing her Final Major Project, Ellie drew on what she had learned throughout the Level 3 TV & Film course: ‘I did a lot of the research, but Confetti supplied all of the equipment. Last year we also had a module dedicated to documentaries on our course and I used what we had been taught throughout the process.’

But tutors weren’t the only Confetti connections that helped Ellie. At this year’s Industry Week she also had the chance to meet British filmmaker Philip Bloom: ‘During Industry Week, Philip Bloom was talking about the art of storytelling and how we need to stay true to the story we are trying to tell. That really stuck with me throughout this project.’

There’s a real buzz around Glenfield Hospital because of Ellie’s film and they hope it can raise awareness of the cardiac unit and prevent its closure.

Ellie’s film Living With Congenital Heart Disease: A Documentary is available on YouTube and you can see it on the big screen at Broadway Cinema on Tuesday 11 July at our college showcase Celebrate.

Want to study Film & TV at Confetti? Apply for a college course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

Celebrate 2017 – What’s On?

With the end of term just around the corner, we’re hosting an exhibition to celebrate the amazing work of our FE students over this academic year.

‘Celebrate’ will take place on Tuesday 11 July – and this year, our students will be going offsite to display their work at Broadway Cinema, The National Videogame Arcade and Rough Trade. All venues are within minutes of Confetti, in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

Broadway Cinema 10am – 3pm

Start your day at Broadway Cinema and enjoy our Celebrate ‘Short Film Festival’ – screening the best work from our TV, Film & Acting students.

Rough Trade 1pm – 6pm

Just a short walk away at Rough Trade, you can watch a free gig put on by our Performance, Music & Live Events students, which will continue over at the National Videogame Arcade Courtyard 6pm – 8pm.

National Videogame Arcade 3pm – 8pm

When you’re ready to move on, stroll up to The National Videogame Arcade for some interactive game play and to see our students’ Digital Media, VFX and Gaming work.

Use our map below to start planning your day and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates.

Want to be part of Celebrate next year? Find out more about our College Courses or come along to one of our college-level open days.