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Hockley Hustle Is Back! What You Need To Know

On Sunday 8 October Hockley Hustle is back, bigger and better and features Confetti as hosts for the Confetti Live stage upstairs at The Bodega.

Hockley hustle

How did last year turn out?

The Hockley Hustle returned to Nottingham on Sunday 9 October 2016 when thousands of music enthusiasts danced the night away across 25 venues and the surrounding streets…and there was even a fantastic silent disco!

Many students from Confetti were involved with the festival – filming, performing or stage managing – so we’ve spoken to some of the students who were there about their experience. Our students helped out through a range of jobs, applying the skills they’ve learned from their courses in a professional environment. From sound technicians to camera operators, our students did it all!

One of our students also took on the role as producer and editor of the Hockley Hustle 2016 promo film.

What you can expect at Hockley Hustle 2017

At this year’s Hockley Hustle, the venues and streets of Hockley will be full of fantastic music, performers, art, food, plus raising money for charity!

We’ll be hosting the Confetti Live stage at The Bodega and you can expect amazing performances from past and present students, and artists from our industry partners Denizen.

New additions for the this year also include an afternoon of entertainment in the SpiegelTent featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh – Mason, Nina Smith and the Hackney Colliery Band.

Outside of venues there will be heaps more street entertainment, including an extended Silent Disco curated by the Truth & Lies.

Want to get involved? There are so many opportunities available, just contact Hockley Hustle or Confetti and you could be part of the festival!

Confetti at Hockley Hustle

This year’s festival promises to be an amazing event in the heart of Hockley and festival director Tommy is looking forward to working together with our students again:

“We could not do what we do without the support of their students on the day, and in the run up to the festival. Confetti inspire, educate and train their students to industry-standard, instilling professional skillsets required for a successful career in the music industry.”

Check out the full line-up info & tickets at Hockley Hustle. There are a limited number of tickets on sale now so get yours while they’re still available! Alternatively, you can buy a wristband on the day from the wristband exchange, if they haven’t already sold out.

Confetti students – head to reception to buy your special discounted Hockley Hustle tickets for £5!

Need to enrol for a college course this September?

group of students at Confetti

It’s not too late to enrol on a college course at Confetti!

We know that starting the right college course can be a difficult decision, but if you’ve missed your enrolment slot with us, or have enrolled elsewhere and it’s not what you expected and you’d like to change your course – it’s not too late to come to Confetti.

From our new £9.1m campus development, to our students working the Splendour festival, it’s an exciting time to join Confetti. Check out our blog on why you should be studying at Confetti.

Just follow our late enrolment checklist to start one of our courses. 

  • If you’ve already applied and missed your enrolment slot, just give us a call and we’ll arrange another time and date to get you signed up
  • If you’ve never applied to us before but would like to start a college course this September, you’ll need to complete an application form and give us a call – we could even get you in to be interviewed and enrolled on the same day
  • Make sure you bring proof of ID, national insurance number and certificates or printed results
  • That’s it, you’re in! You’ll be given a timetable and a start date

You can call our team to discuss your options on 0115 952 2075 or email hello@confetti.ac.uk.

BSc Games Production Graduate Starts His Own YouTube Channel

Alex Hamilton

This month, we spoke to our BSc Games Production graduate Alexander Hamilton who has been busy since the Degree Showcase, setting up his own YouTube channel.

What did you study at Confetti?

At first, I studied on the FdSc Games Technology course and after finishing I jumped onto the new BSc Games Production Top Up course as soon as it became available.

Did you always want to study Games Production?

I always wanted to get into designing videogames but wasn’t sure how to do it. I had considered teaching myself, but once I started college I was told about Confetti’s degree level courses and applied straight away.

Why did you choose to continue your studies on the BSc Games Production top up year?

Because I wanted to further my studies and the dissertation looked interesting – being able to undertake my own research on my own topic with no “you must do this” guidance was very enjoyable.

What skills and knowledge did you develop on the course?

I have learnt a lot – not only course specific skills but personal and social skills too. The tutors taught me a great deal of practical knowledge, but my time at Confetti has also allowed me to open up to people as nobody really liked games when I was in secondary school and college, but here I felt at home with my peers and could easily talk to them about anything. 

So, what are you doing now you’ve graduated?

At the moment, I’m working on a YouTube channel called Retrospective Reviews. I review games from across the decades, giving my opinion on why I think they are either good or bad. I have developed new ratings called “avoid” and “essential” which applies beyond the realm of good and bad. Let me explain – there are some games that I consider to be bad, but I also think they are essential to play as they are either so different or groundbreaking – but they must be experienced.

Why should people watch/subscribe to your channel?

I believe people should subscribe to Retrospective because, in my experience, most gaming review channels either review current games or games that everybody else has already reviewed. They don’t add anything to the argument for or against said games because of this.

My channel, however, reviews games that are not exactly unpopular but are ‘under the radar’ for most gamers. For example, episode 1 of the series was on Killer7, a game that isn’t current (it is 12 years-old as of 2017) and isn’t very well-known outside of its “cult”.

How has the Games Production course helped when reviewing games on your channel?

The FdSc has given me valuable insight into games by making me take them apart and review them in terms of theme, mechanics and narrative. On the Top Up I wrote a dissertation which has improved my written and verbal skills and helped when planning and structuring my videos.

What advice do you have for people that are considering a place at Confetti?

I enjoyed my time at Confetti and the course is very fun but you have to work hard.

To help prepare yourself you should:

– Get Google Drive AND an external hard drive, back up EVERY HOUR. This is essential.

– Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I found that when I was on the course, there were no wrong answers and the tutors are more than happy to support any idea as crazy as it might sound.

– If you need help, don’t be afraid to just ask.

– GET BUSINESS CARDS. I cannot stress enough how important these are.

– Play and have fun.

– Finally, get your head down. It’s a gaming course, sure, but it’s also a job. You need to take it seriously and treat it as if you were in employment.

You can watch Alex’s reviews on his YouTube channel, Retrospective Reviews.

Fancy a career in Games Production? Apply now to study on our FdSc Games Technology or BSc Games Production top up degrees, or come along to one of our degree-level open days.

Meet our new Screen Acting tutor Chris Chambers

With the start of the new academic year just around the corner, we’re ready to open our doors to not only our new batch of creative students but also some new tutors. Starting this September is our new college-level course for Screen Acting, so we’d like you to get to know the newest member of the Confetti crew – Screen Acting tutor Chris Chambers. 

Starting out…

Chirs: After graduation, I secured a place at East 15 acting school in London. This was an institution I had always dreamt about studying at as it relied heavily on the instruction of Konstantin Stanislavski and Joan Littlewood. From there I became a member of Equity and Spotlight and found myself a
London agent.

Getting the first job…

Chris: Finding the first job was a crazy time in my life: I was living in London, without full-time work and attending a slew of professional castings (ITV’s ‘Island at War’ and ‘Oliver Stone’s Alexander’, for example), enjoying my life as a professional, working actor but never knowing when I might secure my first role. Eventually my agent found me an audition for Principal Theatre Company’s outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet. I spent that summer performing as Romeo with a beautiful grade 2 listed house as a backdrop.

Working on…

Chris: I worked on the music video for Athlete’s Black Swan Song. The music video revolved around the tale of a World War ll soldier pinned down by enemy fire and was shot in a woodland in the West Midlands. There was a great team involved in the shoot – everyone mucking in together to bring a very dark tale to the screen. If you watch the final product, you can see how tight the action and direction is, and I think that is a credit to the work we put in with the director, Mark Locke.

Chris Chambers

 

What I learned…

Chris: Patience! With any kind of shoot there’s waiting around – that’s part of the job – but for something so focused on single moments and emotion, it was really important for me to have my character research to fall back on and to be able to delve into my character as deeply as possible without being distracted.

Starting to teach…

Chris: I’ve been teaching Theatre & Acting since 2013. I’m really excited to bring my industry knowledge and skills to Confetti!

Want real insight and experience in acting for film and television? You can start our new Screen Acting college-level course this September. If you need any help with your application, you can contact our Admissions team on 0115 952 2075 or hello@confetti.ac.uk. 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.

Confetti Events You Can Look Forward To – 2017/18

Whether you’re about to start your Confetti journey or enter your final year, have a look at a few events you can look forward to getting involved in!

Hockley Hustle – 8 October

Hockley Hustle 2016

Around 250 local acts from Nottingham will be on show at this year’s festival, taking place across 25 venues, including The Bodega where we’ll be hosting the Confetti Live stage. Expect amazing performances from past and present students, and artists from our industry partners Denizen. The festival has grown since its first event in 2006 – raising over £100,000 for charity since the first edition.

Hockley Hustle is well known for being a springboard for Nottingham musical acts with the likes of Jake Bugg, Saint Raymond and Liam Bailey all performing at the Hustle, so watch out for the next rising stars of Nottingham.

As a student at Confetti, you have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working at Hockley Hustle –  applying skills you learn on your course to support the event. Last year not only did some of our students perform, but many worked as part of the official film crew and stage management teams. Our students even created the promo, produced by TV Production student Ryan Peck (above).

Industry Week – March

The biggest event in the Confetti calendar, Industry Week is not to be missed. Tips, tricks and insider knowledge are provided by some of the UK’s most influential practitioners during a week where you’ll swap your timetable for workshops, lectures and masterclasses from names across Film, TV, Music and Games.

Have a look at our 2017 guest line up which included documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, visual hip hop turntablist DJ Yoda, and PlayStation Access Channel Manager Hollie Bennett. Check out our highlights from this year’s Industry Week.

Degree Showcase – June

The Confetti Degree Showcase brings together the work of the next generation creative talent, giving you the chance to enjoy the amazing work of our talented degree students before they venture out into the industry. If you’re a final year degree student it gives you the chance to showcase your skills to industry guests as well as friends, family and the general public. See the work of our talented graduates in our online Degree Show portfolio.

Find out how this year’s event unfolded.

Splendour Festival – July

Come to Nottingham’s biggest outdoor event at Wollaton Park where this year, a record 25,000 people celebrated the festival’s tenth year with amazing performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean amongst many others.

This year we had over 120 students from across both college and degree courses working in over 209 different roles. Our students 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. The Live & Technical Events students helped set up the stages, and ran the Acoustic Rooms stage on the day, while the TV & Film Production students covered the whole event through filming and photography.

Celebrate – July

Celebrate 2017
Celebrate 2017

Every year we host an exhibition to showcase the work of our college-level students over the academic year. This year we took over Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, starting the day off at Broadway Cinema where we held the Celebrate Short Film Festival. A range of films, documentaries and music videos were enjoyed by students, staff, family and friends.

Next, our Music PerformanceMusic Technology and Live Events students came together to put on an amazing free music festival at Rough Trade. The public were treated to DJ sets, incredible live bands and amazing custom stage lighting.

The day concluded 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.

If you are studying a college-level course at Confetti you have this amazing event to look forward to, giving you the chance to show your friends and family the hard work you’ve put in throughout the year.

It’s a fantastic day and a great way to end the academic year!

Clearing – Drop-in sessions

clearing banner

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.

GCSE Results Day – Don’t worry

GCSE General

Now that you’ve picked up your results it’s time to start planning your next steps. If you’ve received the grades you expected, then we look forward to seeing you in September. If things didn’t turn out quite as you’d expected – DON’T WORRY, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the road! We have spoken to happiness guru Vic Gilgeous who has given us top ten tips to staying positive throughout the situation.

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

Now that you are feeling a bit more relaxed have a cup of tea and pick up the phone and call 0115 952 2075. Our team is here to help you!

Find out more about our college courses.

Wire – Summer 2017

It’s summer time which, as well as exam results (gulp), means one thing… no, not rain, FESTIVALS!

Last month, 124 of our students undertook 1435 hours of work experience at Nottingham’s sold out Splendour Festival – and we’ve covered all the action in this edition. From interviews with the bands to sneaky peeks behind the scenes, we’ve given you an access all areas pass to the day’s action. Including exclusive interviews with Splendour headliners Kaiser Chiefs and former Confetti student Josh Wheatley after his set on the Confetti stage.

Also in this issue, our student reporter talks to Irish band Kodaline about their latest album, and our HE Games Student of the Year Akshay, reviews the latest, most exciting gaming releases.

Our Confetti roots are planted firmly in music and our fantastic partners at PMT have summed up the top 5 amps you can buy as you prepare to move into student accommodation, so that you can rock out in your room without getting complaints from your neighbours. They have also drummed up another exclusive offer for our students.

A new term means new students and new tutors. Turn to page 10 to meet Chris and Nicky, two of our new Film and TV tutors.

And don’t forget if you want to stay up-to-date with all our latest news throughout the year make sure you follow us on social media.

GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results

Best of luck to all those getting their GCSE results on Thursday!

We know that it can be a bit of a scary time waiting to find out your results so we’ve put a little guide together for staying chilled in the run up to Results Day.

We hope you all get the grades you want but if for any reason things don’t go to plan, it’s not necessarily the end of the road, get in touch (0115 952 2075) and let’s chat.

If you’re still not sure what you want to do? It’s not too late, check out our range of creative courses; we’d love to chat about you joining us this September.

We can’t wait to hear about what you’re coming to study and what you’re most looking forward to getting involved with at Confetti. Why not tweet us or like us on Facebook, Instagram (Confetti_ICT) or SnapChat (Confetti_ICT)?

We’re developing our facilities

We’re constantly making sure our students are studying in the best facilities, packed with the latest industry standard equipment. Last year we opened our dedicated Film & TV facility – Space2!

Now we’re going even further:

Contemporary Music Hub 

The new home for Music & Events at Confetti opens this October! The hub will give our students the opportunity to develop their skills in brand new, industry-standard facilities giving them the head start they need to stand out in industry.

Designed by world renowned acoustic architects White Mark Ltd. the Music & Events hub will include:

  • 14 rehearsal spaces
  • 5 recording studios
  • 300 capacity live event venue
  • Critical listening seminar room
  • Live events production workspace
  • Mastering, surround sound and post production studio

Digital Media Hub

Our new £9.1m Digital Media Hub opens September 2018 and will feature state of the art studios, labs and classrooms, a Learning Resource Centre, a contemporary cafe and a rooftop terrace. The new hub will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to kick start their creative careers, learning in brand new industry-standard facilities.

New Build Digital Media Hub

Want to be part of it all? Visit our next open day and apply for a Confetti college course now!

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.