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The Countdown to Industry Week has begun!

Industry Week 2017

From the 5-9 March, Industry Week will be in full force – for a week, Confetti students will be given a taster and real insight into the most exciting and competitive creative industries in the world.

Each year, we go off timetable for an exciting week of workshops, lectures, masterclasses and performances from the most influential names in Music, Media and Games.

In 2017 we welcomed over 70 guests for an unforgettable week; this included legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Emmerdale favourites Roxy Shahidi & Sammy Winward, PlayStation Access Channel Manager Hollie Bennett and guitar legends Aziz Ibrahim, Andy James & Mikey Demus. Read our review from last year’s event.

We’ll be revealing more details on the awesome line up we have this year so stay tuned with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

In the meantime, check out all of the action from last year’s Industry week:

Want to be at Industry Week 2019?

APPLY NOW to study a college-level course or degree-level course and join us in September 2017.

Confetti Community – January Events

Confetti Community

This month, Confetti will be holding a few events that many of you can benefit from. Our ‘Confetti Community’ activities let you meet other students with similar interests and provide an opportunity to take some time away from your studies. You can discuss subjects important to you or use the time to relax, socialise and have a bit of fun.

LGBTQ Evening

Thursday 18 January

5pm – 7pm

Room C020

Our LGBTQ evenings are for any of you who identify (or just want to come along!) as Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender or Questioning.

We want to understand what support you need, what it means to be an LGBTQ student and to promote equality and diversity.

No sign up required.

LGBTQ Evening

Games Evening

Tuesday 23 January

6pm – 9pm

Antenna S11

We’re having a multiplayer-focused games event designed to get you competing and co-operating across courses on a variety of classic titles and a range of genres. Come along and have a bit of fun with your fellow gamers.

Sign up at reception where you’ll receive a ticket which automatically enters you into a raffle to WIN a cool prize.

Games Evening

New Year, Improved You

Tuesday 23 January

3pm – 5pm

Room CLG20

We’re holding an employability and progression drop-in session for those who would like to develop their skills in order to support their next steps.

No sign up required.

New Year, Improved You

If you have any questions about our Confetti Community events you can email us at hello@confetti.ac.uk, drop us a message on Facebook or Twitter or speak to us at reception.

If you’re not a student at Confetti and interested in the creative industries, browse our college-level or degree courses and book an open day.

Have a fantastic winter break and a happy New Year!

Confetti would like to thank everyone for all of their hard work over the past year and we wish you all a safe and happy winter break.

We will be closed from Friday 22 December and will reopen Monday 8 January. If you have any questions please email hello@confetti.ac.uk and we’ll respond on our return.

Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!


Want to study for a degree at Confetti? Come to our next college-level or degree-level open day and explore what we have to offer.

Our top Confetti moments of 2017…it’s been pretty special

After another fantastic year in the Creative Quarter let’s have a look at our favourite moments from the previous 12 months. Read on to find out why this year was our best yet; from a record number of students at Nottingham’s biggest outdoor festival to the first Degree Showcase held at our TV & Film hub Space2.

1. Another Great Industry Week

Industry Week 2017 Nick Broomfield

We welcomed over 70 guests from across film, TV, music and games for Industry Week 2017. These included Emmerdale favourites Roxy Shahidi & Sammy Winward, a masterclass from the world-renowned Director of Photography Philip Bloom, Playstation Access Channel Manager and Industry Week favourite Hollie Bennett and legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.

Our closing party was headlined by famous AV producer DJ Yoda after he finished his lecture in Space2. We can’t wait for Industry Week 2018!

Read our Industry Week highlights.

2. The First Degree Showcase at Space2

We welcomed family, friends and industry professionals to our dedicated TV & Film hub – Space2 – to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of this year’s graduating degree students.

From games designers and TV and filmmakers, to music producers and sound engineers – our students didn’t disappoint and our VIPs we’re highly impressed, including our TV & Film ambassador Vicky McClure and the Sheriff of Nottingham!

Read our Degree Showcase review.

Confetti Degree Showcase

3. Breaking Records at Splendour Festival

splendour festival billy ocean 2017

Last year’s record-breaking numbers in terms of student engagement were smashed again at Nottingham’s biggest outdoor festival – Splendour! This year we had over 120 students from across both college and degree courses working in over 209 different roles – our most ever! Many of you worked hard both in the days leading up to the festival and throughout the day to make sure stages were set and some of the world’s biggest names in music were ready to perform.

Splendour celebrated its tenth year with amazing performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean amongst many others.

Read our festival round-up.

4. The Student Christmas Party

Earlier in December, our Level 3 Technical Events students ran a fantastic Christmas Party at Rescue Rooms which was the perfect end of the calendar year.

The night was full of awesome music from legendary DJ producer DJ Fever to former Confetti band Super Furniture – all supported by our amazing student performers. With the additions of our student DJs, unlimited free burritos and game console battles, the event was a huge success.

Relive the Christmas party.

christmas party 2017

5. Taking over Hockley for Celebrate

Celebrate 2017

When our college students hosted an exhibition to celebrate their amazing work around the local area. Many of you went offsite to display work at Broadway Cinema, The National Videogame Arcade and Rough Trade. 

The event was a fantastic day for our students as they prepared for higher education or the world of employment!

6. Becoming University of the Year

When our partners Nottingham Trent University became University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. These prestigious annual awards celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of UK universities.

As a degree student at Confetti, you’re now studying at an institution recognised for its exceptional teaching, research, student support, entrepreneurship, collaborations and outreach.

Find out more.

NTU Student Union

7. Winning big at the Young Creative Awards

Nottingham Young Creative Awards

A record number of our creatives submitted their work to meet this year’s theme of ‘Nottingham, Future City’ which gave young people the platform to show everyone where they think Nottingham should be heading, in a creative way.

For the second year in a row, Confetti students dominated the Animation & Media category walking away with four awards. Our former student Davon Walker won in the Music category, and our students’ work was also highly commended in the FilmPhotography and Visual Arts categories.

Find out more.

8. The start of Confetti Live

In February we took over The Bodega to host the very first Confetti Live. Alternative rock band Babe Punch headlined the event with support from our FE & HE Music Performance students.

That successful night has grown into a regular event which has seen 35 acts perform across 6 events in Nottingham. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for next year’s set of events and if you haven’t been to one yet, make it your new year’s resolution!

Find out more.

Confetti Live - Black Cats & Magpies

9. The Cave Discovery

cave inside

When builders excavated land for our new £9.1m Digital Media Hub, they uncovered a network of caves that completely changed Nottingham’s history from the medieval period right through to the 19th century.

This area of the city centre has never been archaeologically excavated and has provided important new information about what was happening immediately outside the town up to 700 years ago.

Check out some images from the caves.

10. TV & Film student Ellie's award-winning documentary

Level 3 TV & Film student Ellie produced an amazing documentary that highlighted the important work taking place on the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital.

Not only did she receive attention from the BBC but also recognised at the Nottingham Post Heroes awards as she was chosen winner in the Bright Young Things category.

Watch the documentary.

After such a great year we can look forward to creating new memories and exciting moments in the new year.

Want to be part of Confetti in 2018? Apply for a college or degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place on our next open day.

Our review of the Confetti Christmas Party 2017

christmas party 2017

Last Monday our Level 3 Technical Events students ran a fantastic Christmas Party at Rescue Rooms. Many of you went to the event and had an amazing time; from our intimate DJ event in Red Rooms to our selection of incredible Confetti bands on the main stage, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

The party couldn’t have happened without our very talented Technical Events students, working hard to plan, organise and bring the event to life! From all the technical & sound requirements to venue dressing and stage design, they turned Rescue Rooms into a Christmassy scene Santa would have been proud of:

 

“The Events students did an amazing job at planning, organising and conducting all practical elements for this year’s party. They worked on real industry equipment in a professional DHP venue alongside professional industry engineers who were impressed by the professionalism demonstrated by the students.

The learners not only embarked on 6 weeks of planning and production meeting, organising everything from the theme, set design, buying of all materials, booking artists and organising roles between themselves, but also worked a full 15 hour production day.

It’s amazing to see Level 3 learners working at this level of professionalism, combining learning from year 1 and applying it in a large scale production, doing it for real!”
Darren Harding, Level 3 Technical Events Course Leader

christmas party 2017

The night was full of awesome music from legendary DJ producer DJ Fever to former Confetti band Super Furniture – all supported by our amazing student performers. With the additions of our student DJs, unlimited free burritos and game console battles, the event was a huge success. If you didn’t go and want to know more about the night, carry on reading below!

Shay

This event was the perfect platform to show off our current student performers and they ensured the standard of music was of the highest calibre. Shay kicked off the night and his impressive acoustic covers got the early crowd signing along, setting the tone for the night.

christmas party 2017
christmas party 2017

The Chase

The Chase followed on from Shay and produced a performance to remember; one Liam Gallagher would have been proud of. Bringing their rock n’ roll sound to the main room, the band were highly impressive.

Black Cats and Magpies

The anthemic indie rock band Black Cats and Magpies made sure the quality of music stayed at its peak and we applaud them for bringing confetti to Confetti with their party cannons; the frontman’s shirt was also a highlight worth mentioning and we’ll definitely be adding that to our Christmas list.

christmas party 2017
christmas party 2017

Joseph Reuben

Joseph Reuben provided a change of music for the crowd in the main room, producing an energetic DJ set that really ramped up the party atmosphere. His choice of RnB, Rap and Hip Hop tracks were enjoyed by everyone including DJ Fever who joined Joseph for the final part of his set.

Super Furniture

Our headliners Super Furniture showed why they were voted Future Sound of Nottingham’s 2016 winners. Our former students have written some incredible alternative tracks and were able to share these with our current students. We definitely saw a few of you headbanging in the crowd.

christmas party 2017
christmas party 2017

DJ Fever

The hip-hop scratch DJ/Producer kept everyone entertained throughout the night, showing his 20 years’ experience with his cool choice of tracks. His music selection was perfect to keep the crowd buzzing in between acts.

DJ Battle Student Winner – Emilio Pastore

Emilio Pastore

In Red Rooms we had a number of student DJs perform sets to a packed crowd during the night. Tutor Lee Gillyon selected Audio and Music Technology student Emilio Pastore as our winner and closed the night with a mix worthy of headlining Stealth on a Friday.

Everyone we spoke to had a great time, especially the Technical Events students who’d worked so hard over the past 6 weeks; see our slideshow of party images below…

If you’re interested in studying at Confetti, check out our college & degree courses and book an open day to tour our facilities.

Foundation Degree Vs. Honours Bachelor’s Degree – What’s right for you?

Music Technology Confetti

Here at Confetti we offer degree courses from foundation level right through to postgraduate (masters), making sure you have the right education and skills to boost your creative career.

When it comes to choosing the degree you’d like to study you might want to know what course is best suited for you. In this blog we’re going to explain what separates a foundation degree from an honours degree and what makes each unique. Hopefully, after reading this you’ll be able to decide what type of degree you want to study at university.

Foundation Degrees

Our foundation degrees are shorter degree courses which are roughly equivalent to two-thirds of an honours degree and can be completed in two years of full-time study. They’re widely recognised qualifications in their own right and can help you get the career you want in the creative industries. They are designed to be industry relevant and are endorsed by industry – offering you the opportunity to frame your practical experience alongside more academic aspects of the course.

Honours Bachelor’s Degrees

A three year bachelor’s degree is a great choice if you’re looking to gain a full Level 6 qualification. With a higher UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more theoretical approach to your studies combined with significant elements of practice. After graduating you’ll be able to progress onto a postgraduate course or start your creative career.

Topping up your existing qualification

Once you’ve completed a foundation degree you can choose to go out into industry or many of our students decide to further develop their skills and top up their qualification. At Confetti you can easily turn your foundation degree into a full honours degree by joining our new BSc courses by direct entry into year 2 or 3, depending upon your qualification and experience. This makes our foundation degrees a good choice if you’re unsure about your subject and want to ‘test’ it out before committing to a full three years.

You’ll be invited to graduate alongside other NTU students and will go into industry as qualified as anyone else holding a three year degree.

Hopefully now you should have a better idea of what kind of degree you’d like to do so, come and study an undergraduate degree with us and have the freedom to tailor your learning to help you achieve your goals.

Have a look at our degree courses and once you choose one, have a look at our how to apply section to help you through the process. If you’d like to experience our creative courses in person, book onto an open day and explore our facilities.

Nottingham Trent University named University of the Year 2017

We’re delighted to announce that our partners Nottingham Trent University have been named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. These prestigious annual awards celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of UK universities. The title of University of the Year is the most coveted honour available.

As a student of Confetti this means you’re studying at an institution that has also:

Judges at the event commended NTU’s innovative and systematic approach to enabling students to fulfil their academic potential and, in particular, the University’s commitment to supporting students from less privileged backgrounds.

This tops off what has been a phenomenal year in terms of recognition for the exceptional work which is being done every day at NTU.

Want to be a part of it all? Have a look at our degree courses. If you’re interested in our creative courses book onto an open day and explore our facilities.

Prince Harry: DJ and Broadcaster?

Prince Harry and his new finance Meghan Markle are heading to Nottingham today and it gives us the perfect occasion to look back at the time when he visited Confetti back in 2013 and got involved in some fantastic activities including DJing, broadcasting and gaming!

After being greeted by the crowds on Convent Street. Prince Harry was lead on a tour of the building, meeting students along the way.

His first pit stop was the TV studio where Gemma Rowe offered him a seat next to her in the newsroom where he read a short news story to the cameras. He also had his photograph taken which would then be used to create his own games avatar who he would encounter later in the tour.

Students studying music production then cheered him in as he was asked to join MC $pyda and DJ Fever on the “1’s and 2’s” where he scratched the decks to a song written for him.

Next stop on the tour was Confetti’s gaming suite. He was handed a controller and was given the chance to control his own avatar in a then newly created video game called “Royal Run”.

Confetti students, ambassadors and staff had worked hard to make sure the visit was a success. 

Confetti hopes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoy their visit to Nottingham. 

We’re collecting donations to help out Nottingham’s homeless community

confetti supports nottingham

This Christmas, we’re collecting donations from staff and students to help out Nottingham’s homeless community. The number of people who are homeless or sleeping rough has continued to rise with government statistics in 2015 showing that 3,569 people slept rough on any one night across England, more than double the number recorded in 2010. 

If you’d like to help out over the festive period, you can give your donations to Student Services, behind Confetti Reception. 

All donations will be given to Emmanuel House – a charity that has been supporting the homeless of Nottingham since 1976, and the Salvation Army – a church and charity which is running a campaign to support the homeless during winter.

A variety of goods can be donated; we recommend:

  • Winter clothes
  • Coats, jumpers, socks, shoes etc
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons, sanitary towels etc
  • Kitchen/Toilet paper
  • Tinned food
  • Biscuits
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Hot chocolate 
  • Flour
  • Old sleeping bags
  • Shaving gel
  • Disposable razors

If you’d like to find out more please visit Emmanuel House and Salvation Army. All your donations will be hugely appreciated.