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Clearing – Drop-in sessions

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If you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers, haven’t yet received or accepted any, or have just decided that you want to go to uni – you can apply through Clearing and start a degree course at Confetti this September. Call the Clearing line now on 0115 848 6000 where the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University will help you.

We’re holding weekly drop-in session throughout September so that you can come and have a look around Confetti and talk to our admissions team about Clearing. Fill in the form below to book your space.

If you can’t make it to our drop-in sessions and have any questions, you can get in touch with us on our Facebook live chat, or just send us a free text on our Clearing WhatsApp number – 07586 779 451.

10 ways to stay positive if things don’t go right on Results Day

After you’ve picked up your results it’s time to start planning your next steps. If you’ve received the grades you expected, then your place at your chosen university will be confirmed soon. If things didn’t turn out quite as you’d expected – DON’T WORRY! We have spoken to happiness guru Vic Gilgeous who has given us top ten tips to staying positive throughout the situation.

  1. Keep in mind that an exam result doesn’t define you
  2. Try and stay calm. Clear mindedness helps you navigate difficult situations
  3. Attitude is everything. Keep trying and ask for help and advice
  4. Keep soldering on and look for alternatives – there are always more options available
  5. Have confidence that, in the end, you will find the right solution
  6. Bad days will come and go, let none of that phase you
  7. Persistence always wins, never give in and lose your confidence
  8. When you go after what matters to you with perseverance it will happen
  9. Don’t be too hard on yourself and think too negatively
  10. Learn from life’s ups and downs – and don’t let this disappointment define you

If you want find out more about the Clearing process then visit our dedicated Clearing page.

Results Day

For those of you collecting results, it’ll probably be one of the most nerve-racking days for you so far! All the hard work comes down to this one moment – collecting that envelope with your results in!

We want to help get you ready for the day, to make it as calm as possible. So read on and make notes! We answer all the questions you need to know, here on our Clearing page – Do you need to confirm your place at university if you get your grades? What about if you miss out by a few points? And have you sorted accommodation and student finance?

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us on our Facebook live chat, or just send us a free text on our Clearing WhatsApp number – 07586 779 451.

First thing’s first, your results day check list!

  • UCAS Track login details
  • Mobile phone
  • Contact details for Confetti: 0115 848 6000
  • Pen and paper

8am – Track goes live. You’ll be able to see your university confirmation. Although your marks won’t show on UCAS, so you’ll need to pick those up.

Morning onwards – Pick up your results. Check what time you can collect your results and get yourself down there. If you got your grades, go and celebrate; if you didn’t, don’t panic, there are other options.

Met your grades? Track will update to say you have been accepted into either your firm or insurance choice university and you will be able to view your confirmation letter in Track. Make sure you give this a read, it may contain information from your university about what to do next. If you have your student finance in place, there is now nothing left to do except celebrate and prepare for uni.

Missed your grades? Don’t panic – you can still get a place through Confetti Clearing. Give us a call on 0115 848 6000 and we can discuss your options. Check out our step-by-step guide to Clearing for more info.

What happens once you get your Clearing offer:

  • You’ll receive an email from NTU confirming your offer
  • Read through the conditions of your offer
  • Accept the offer ASAP on UCAS Track to secure your place

Our 10 Favourite Photos from the Past Year

Industry Week 17

We’re looking back on our favourite moments from the past year. If you want to be involved next year then have a look at our dedicated Clearing page.

When legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield showed us the trailer for Whitney: Can I Be Me before anyone else at Industry Week 17

Industry Week 2017 Nick Broomfield

When guitar legends Aziz Ibrahim, Andy James & Mikey Demus showed us just how to be guitar heroes at Industry Week 17

Industry Week 2017 Guitar Heroes

When we shot our new promo with help from our student crew

Confetti Promo Video Shoot

When we celebrated our name in style at the Christmas Party

Confetti Christmas Nightmare

When we just couldn’t fit anymore people into the Bodega during the first Confetti Live.

Confetti Live

When Music PerformanceMusic Technology and Live Events put on an amazing free music festival at Rough Trade for Celebrate 2017

Celebrate 2017

When Billy Ocean headlined the Confetti Stage at Splendour 2017

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And our TV & Film Production students captured the magic from the day

Splendour Festival 2017

While our Live & Technical Events students set up and ran the Acoustic Rooms stage from start to finish

Confetti at Acoustic Rooms Stage - Splendour Festival 2017

When our graduates showed everyone, including Confetti Ambassador Vicky McClure, just what they’re capable of at The Degree Showcase

Confetti Degree Showcase

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.

Ever Thought About A Career In VFX? Hear From Our Aulmni Jack

Have you ever thought about studying visual effects but are unsure about the possibilities it brings? We caught up with previous student Jack Shillingford who works for Orillo Productions – a unique company that specialises in creative and engaging films, aspiring to become one of the global leading production firms.

We asked him a few questions below about how his career has developed after studying at Confetti and if he had any advice for current students wanting to go into VFX.

So Jack, what initially sparked your interest in VFX?

I’ve always liked the idea of being able to control every element of film. With VFX there are no reshoots or unwanted mistakes. Every element is there because you put it there. I can create an entirely 3D scene and be in complete control – Is that grass too long? Now its short; Should that tree be there? Now it’s gone. Perhaps this makes me a control freak?


How did you get involved in Orillo Productions?

I came to work for Orillo as an intern originally. I was only supposed to be there for a couple of weeks, but two weeks turned into two months and then they offered me the job!


What does your job at Orillo involve?

My job involves a lot of different elements, from screen replacements and animated text to building spaceships and stormy seas. Each project is different and most of the work is commercial but I never let that stop me from being creative. We have a large client base including Toyota, Tinder and Ben & Jerries – free ice cream is a big perk of the job! No free dates or cars though.

Let’s talk about Confetti. What was the best thing about studying here?

Confetti helped me explore various different roles in the film industry. It allowed me to gain a broad understanding of how the whole machine works before picking an area to focus on. Because of Confetti I now know that my passion lies within VFX.


Finally, do you have any advice for current students wanted to go into VFX?

Surround yourself with people who have a greater or equal passion to yours. If you’re the smartest or most qualified person in the room, then you have no motivation to push yourself further. I discovered this when I came to Orillo. I was so used to working alone that my work became stale and unimaginative. Now I’m surrounded by so much creative talent it drives me to be better at what I do.

If you’re interested in our FdSc Visual Effects Production & BSc Visual Effects Production degree courses, book your place on our next open day.

Study our BSc TV Production degree and one day you too could become Love Island’s Benny on camera 2

TV Production

For 7 weeks this summer, 12 single participants lived it up in a villa in Majorca to see if sparks flew on ITV’s hit show Love Island. The series saw singletons pair up in a paradise setting and the finale pulled in 2.6 million viewers – ITV2’s biggest-ever audience! The show has made a lot of people very popular, and thanks to presenter Iain Stirling, a camera operator on the ITV2 show has unwittingly become a celebrity…you might know him as Benny on camera 2.

If you want to work in TV Production creating shows like Love Island, then you can develop the skills you need to succeed on our TV Production degree courses. Benny and the Love Island film crew worked tirelessly throughout the show, and in this blog, we’re going to highlight the skills and techniques they used on some of our favourite scenes – all of which you can also learn if you study TV Production at Confetti.

1. Muggy Mike enters the villa for the first time

When Mike entered the villa he caused a lot of drama. The slow motion shot used when he walked up to the front door generated initial tension and suspense – ideal for any reality TV show. Our BSc Television Production (top up) students have access to a HD camera that can shoot in full quality at 60fps (frames per second) to create brilliant slow motion shots.

2. Jess is voted off by the other islanders

During the first ‘dumping’ of the series three couples were at risk of being voted off and in a shocking twist, the remaining boys and girls had to vote off one islander of the opposite sex. During the scene, the shot switched between multiple cameras in a variety of positions – some fixed and some manned. Students on the BSc Television Production (top up) course will look at setting up multiple cameras across an environment – operated or robotic – and will learn to cut between them from a hidden, backstage environment.

We’ve had students gain valuable work experience at the Royal Concert Hall this year, laying cables throughout the building, directing and mixing from backstage. Other groups filmed a series of live gigs at the Bodega for our regular live music event Confetti Live, cutting between shots from the back of the room, while the cameras captured the band doing their thing!

3. Boys and girls are split into two separate villas

When the boys were told they’d have a ‘lads’ night out, little did they know they were actually moving into a brand new villa – Casa Amor – with new contestants. The production team wanted to present this in the same way that they introduced the original contestants, at a fast pace, in order to feature the new islanders within the timeframe of one episode.

Students on the TV Production Foundation Degree are taught these ‘promo shooting’ camera techniques, and how to frame and edit those shots to match this fast-paced action style. Our students learn how to use post-production software, so they can take what they have shot on location and cut together vignette packages. These skills are then developed during the top up year, which results in some incredible pieces of work! Across two modules, some of the BSc top up TV students shot and edited interviews with 11-year-old Matthew Smith, before becoming part of history when they recorded him becoming the youngest person to conduct a 75 piece orchestra – see the video below.

4. Kem asks Amber to be his girlfriend

The islanders had their fair share of cringe-worthy moments, but if you’re looking for the best of the lot…look no further than Kem’s romantic gesture to Amber. By leaving a trail of imaginative texts, Kem led Amber on a quest to his heart. Romantic lines included ‘where we first broke up’ and ‘go to the fireplace’ before Kem finally emerged from the glow generated by the 70 cameras watching their every move, to ask Amber if she’d be his girlfriend…SHE SAID YES!

During this scene, a variety of remote cameras were used and controlled from a Camera Control Unit. With the right planning, students on the BSc Television Production (top up) course will have access to the remote cameras we share with Notts TV, allowing students to create these kinds of shots. Students have been able to use these cameras as part of TV studio shoots, allowing them to program in particular shot types, that they can switch between at the touch of a button!

Want to become the next Benny on camera 2? Apply now to study on our FdSc TV Production Technology or BSc TV Production top up degrees, or come along to one of our degree-level open days and take the first steps towards a career in TV Production.

Results Day – DOs and DONTs

DO check UCAS

Universities receive details of your grades directly from exam boards, so they’ll have made a decision by the time you receive your results. You’ll need to go to the track section of your application – if your chosen university has accepted you, then relax you’re in! If not, don’t worry – you can still get a place at university – check out our step by step guide.

DO prepare

Be well prepared, if you’re trying to get a course through Clearing there’s a few things you’ll need. Have your UCAS or Clearing number to hand. We’ll need this to identify your application. Have some questions ready too, you’ll be able to ask our tutors questions about the course. We want you to be well informed so ask whatever you need.

DO research

Although Clearing may feel like a massive rush, it’s a chance to still get on a great course. You’ll be studying for a few years so you need to make sure you choose something you’ll enjoy. Get online and start researching universities, look at modules and entry requirements and make notes. Check out our courses here.

DON’T be rude

There will be a lot of people in your position trying to get through to universities. Don’t give up – keep calling and remain polite once you do get through. Did you know you can send us an email at if you can’t get through to our phone lines and we’ll make sure someone gets back to you?

DON’T panic

There’s really nothing to worry about – many students secure a place through Clearing and enjoy their time at university. If you stay positive and do some research you’ll give yourself the best chance at getting a place through Clearing.

DON’T rush

It’s still a big decision, so it’s not something you should rush. Take your time and find out if the course is right for you – don’t just apply for any old thing! Remember we’re here to help, you can find all our course info on our website or get in touch and speak to our tutors & careers advisor.

Find out all you need to know about Clearing at Confetti on our Clearing website and through our step-by-step guide to Clearing.