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Foundation Degree Vs Degree – What’s It All About?

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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.

Our undergraduate degrees are a bit different to some other universities, because we offer them in a 2+1 format. In this blog we’re going to help you understand how this format works and how studying a foundation degree can help you tailor your learning to suit your needs.   

2+1 Degree Format

The 2+1 format means that you study a two year foundation degree and can then choose to complete a one year top up degree when you’ve finished. We do this to allow our students to start their creative career early if they wish to, but for those who want to complete a full BSc/BA they can easily top up an extra year.

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What is a Foundation Degree?

A Foundation Degree is the equivalent to years 1 and 2 of a degree with Confetti offering you the opportunity to progress to a one year top-up to complete a full BSc/BA in your chosen subject. Foundation degrees are widely recognised qualifications in their own right and can help you get the career you want in the creative industries. Foundation degrees 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.

Once you have 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 to a full BSc/BA with an extra year’s study. Even better – if you’re a Confetti student – you don’t need to go through the UCAS process again – just complete a form and we’ll do the rest! If you’re not already a Confetti student and want to apply for the top up year, then you have to go through the usual UCAS application process. Our support team can help you with this.

Topping up your Foundation Degree

The top up degree is a level 6 qualification and if you successfully complete it you will be awarded a full BSc/BA Hons, just as you would if you had completed a traditional three year degree. 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.

Each of our top up degree courses contains a specially designed set of brand new modules built around teaching you industry specific skills and software at a higher level. This will allow you to expand on your existing skillset and increase your independence, preparing you for future employment within your chosen specialist field.

So, come and study an undergraduate degree with us and have the freedom to tailor your learning to help you achieve your goals. 

Still got questions? Get in touch and speak to a member of our support staff – hello@confetti.ac.uk.

It’s not too late to apply for a degree course this September, don’t miss out – sign up now. You can check out our blog for advice on how to make a late application.

Speak Up

Here at Confetti we follow the PREVENT agenda, to Prevent young people being radicalised into extremism. If you feel at risk or feel a fellow student may be, please talk to us.

Confetti staff are always vigilant for any suspicious or concerning behavior and ensuring that all staff, students and visitors are wearing the appropriate ID.

If you need help and support following the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, you can access support from our Student Services team. Just stop by the office next to the main reception, call our team on 07752 729 556 or email safeguarding@confetti.ac.uk. SPEAK UP.

Confetti Degree Showcase – 8 June 2017

The Confetti Degree Showcase brings together the work of the next generation of creative talent, and we’d love to show you what our graduates are capable of.

Come along on Thursday 8 June from 12pm – 5pm, when we’ll be throwing the doors of our dedicated TV & Film centre – Space2 – open for industry guests, family, friends and the general public to come and see the work of our talented degree students.

From games designers and film & TV makers, to music producers and sound engineers – our students will present a mix of short films, showreels, games, 3D designs, sound recordings, audio compositions and more. With over 20 years’ experience, we produce the best because we only take the best – developing our students’ talent so that they stand out in industry.

After 6pm we’ll be hosting a private awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of our degree students. We’ll be announcing the nominees for each of the award categories soon. Make sure you’re following our Facebook and Twitter pages to see if you’re a nominee!

Want to be part of the Degree Showcase next year? Find out more about our Degree Courses or come along to one of our degree-level open days.

Confetti Students ‘Them Pesky Kids’ Hold Their First Film Screening

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On Thursday 4 May, two current BSc Film Production Technology students and two former students held their very first film screening at the Nottingham Contemporary to showcase a special selection of work featuring short films, documentaries, and music videos. Not only was this a chance to show the work of their film production company ‘Them Pesky Kids’ to a live audience, but it was also a chance to celebrate the hard work of their cast, crew members, tutors, and supporters.

Them Pesky Kids is a four-piece film production company entirely comprised of Confetti students past and present; Oliver Blair, Jack Booth, Ryan Harvey and Michael Jobling. The four-piece have just completed two productions; a music video for Nottingham music artist BUD’s song ‘Sugar’; and The Chestnut Effect – a short comedy film with the main plot revolving around a missing cat. They’re now working on two very exciting projects over the next year, A Broken Mind (dir. Jack Booth) and Ariella (dir. Michael Jobling).

Ariella Film Trailer

We caught up with them to see how it went…

Tell us about the run up to the screening event

We found it extremely rewarding and bonding, we actually planned the event in two weeks, we’d had it in the pipeline for a little while and really wanted to show off our work and of course, the fantastic work that people had provided for all of our films.

How did the night go?

We knew that we’d get a fairly good audience as we’ve all worked with many different industry professionals throughout Nottingham, but in no way did we estimate the amount of love, support and positivity that everyone attending gave us that night. We did have to screen the films a little bit late because we were still waiting for guests to arrive, but nobody seemed to mind! Now we’re just hungry to make more – that includes short films, music videos, promotional artwork, anything. If it’s a well thought out idea, we’re totally on board to assist, whether that be advice, contribution or for us to produce the work.

“We want to push towards working on high budget television and film and we can only do this through good practical practice, and this is what the top up year at Confetti has provided.”

Would you do anything differently?

We do intend on running another event in the new year but we’d give ourselves more time. Next time we’ll hire an actual cinema as there were some serious projector issues which could have been avoided in a dedicated cinema. We’d also make it very clear to guests that the films will start without them if they are not on time. There were people who couldn’t make the screening because of the two-week time window, people that contributed massively to our work which was unfortunate, but it didn’t stop us from singing their praises all night! Apart from that I think any other changes would be down to natural progression.

How did Confetti help you?

Confetti very kindly agreed to donate a percentage of the budget to us, to help cover the costs of venue hire. As well as this, Confetti helped publicise the event on their social media, building the profile of our event and reaching people who we might have missed otherwise. It’s not just the event where Confetti have helped us, as our course and tutors have given us our base skill set. They’ve allowed us to build the foundations of our working personalities and have never tried to stop us when we wanted to reach higher. I think that’s the impact and inspiration that Confetti gives us – the determination, resilience and hardworking ethic that drives us all forward to be able to successfully create films and host events like these.

Them Pesky Kids

Why did you choose a top up degree with Confetti?

The film industry values talent and work ethic over any other qualities a filmmaker can offer. During our first two years at Confetti we were able to build these two skills to a level where we are now working professionally. We want to push towards working on high budget television and film and we can only do this through good practical practice, and this is what the top up year at Confetti has provided. We’ve been involved with 5 films this academic year, a level of experience that few courses can offer.

Do you have any advice for students that want to do the same as you?

We’ve learnt that networking is vital. It’s daunting sometimes and I think it’s an innate fear in all of us, that you’re not going to be good enough for people; but you can’t make a film on your own. We’ve seen fantastic projects sink because they didn’t have the crew available for the shoot and so the producer/director had to settle for less than they wanted. It’s hard work and you can push yourself to extremes that even you didn’t know existed, but the result at the end of it is all worth it. Find local film-making networking events (TweetUp, Shooters, Short Stack monthly film screenings) and start introducing yourself to people.

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Jack Booth, Ryan Harvey, Oliver Blair & Michael Jobling

Have you got any opportunities our students can get involved in?

We’re going to be working on a series of shorts over the summer to keep our wheels from rusting, so if you’re interested, check out our Facebook page for more details. We’re always on the lookout for new talent, so don’t refrain from getting involved in our exciting projects. Also, if you’ve got an exciting project you think we’d be interested in and are willing to pitch, get in touch!

Want to take the same path Them Pesky Kids have? Discover our FdSc Film Production Technology and BSc Film Production Technology (top up) courses and apply for a Confetti Degree now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

Wire – Spring 2017

It’s been a busy start to the year at Confetti with our exclusive one of a kind event – Industry Week!

If you didn’t manage to grab tickets to some of our sold out talks, workshops and lab sessions, don’t worry, this Wire edition is jampacked full of Industry Week 2017 interviews and reviews with some of our amazing industry guests!

From an in-depth interview with renowned documentary filmmaker and Industry Week headliner Nick Broomfield, to live event production tips from the woman behind Arcadia Spectacular’s productions at festivals like Glastonbury, Burning Man and Bestival – this mag is bursting with industry advice.

Confetti students win at the 9th Nottingham Young Creative Awards

Nottingham Young Creative Awards

On Wednesday 10 May seven Confetti students took home awards at the 9th Young Creative Awards, which took place at the Nottingham Playhouse.

The Young Creative Awards aim to give people aged 13 to 24 who live, study or work in Nottingham the chance to showcase their talent. The event helps to develop and support the next generation of local creative talent by helping them find opportunities, network with future employers and to open doors to successful careers.

A record number of 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 Film, Photography and Visual Arts categories.

Rosie Francis, Confetti’s Teaching Practice Leader said: “We saw a wealth of talent at the Young Creative Awards last night with numerous Confetti students nominated across the categories. Chloe Tanner (Year 1 Visual Effects) received a highly commended award for her thought provoking animation about the future of bees in Nottingham whilst Kirk Fletcher (Year 2 Visual Effects) went on to win the 16-18 category with his augmented reality futuristic vision of the Victoria Centre. The Young Creative Awards get bigger and better every year and we are proud of everyone who entered.”

Nigel Cooke, Young Creative Awards Trustee said: “The awards are all about inspiring, supporting and encouraging creativity in the young people of Nottingham. These awards are becoming one of the most exciting events in Nottingham’s creative calendar.

Every year I am impressed by the creativity and talent of Nottingham young people. We’re proud to shine a light on their imagination, skill and dedication.”

The winners from each category won £100 in cash and a certificate, along with opportunities to exhibit their work to the public, mentoring and support or work experience from local creative businesses. Students who’re highly commended also received a certificate in recognition of their work.

Full list of Confetti winners and highly commended:

Animation and Digital Media

Winner – Kirk Lee Fletcher, 16-18
(Level 3 Visual Effects)

Highly Commended – Chloe Tanner, 16-18
(Level 3 Visual Effects

Highly Commended – Maddy Green, 16-18
(Level 3 Visual Effects

Highly Commended – Katy Anna House, 16-18
(Level 3 Games Art)

Film

High Commended – Kyla Weldon, 16-18
(Level 3 TV & Film)

Music

Winner – Davon Walker, 19-24
(Former Music Technology student)

Photography

Highly Commended – Wiktoria Wojcik, 19-24
(Level 3 TV & Film)

Visual Arts

Highly Commended – Lewis Harrison, 16-18
(Level 3 Games Technology)

Some of our students entries:

Congratulations not only to our award winners and highly commended, but also a massive thanks to all Confetti students who submitted work in the Nottingham Young Creative Awards.

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

What our Film students got up to during their first residential

Our FdSc Film Production Technology students have been working hard on their group project all year – from location scouting trips to professional casting sessions, it all culminated with a two day on-location filming residential.

What started off as a concept has slowly developed into a full feature film for seven film student groups. FdSc Film Production Technology student Christie Ellis and her group have gone to Youlgreave for two full days of filming to shoot their film Heading Out. The project has been ongoing since the beginning of the academic year and has gone through various stages of pre-production.

Location

In November, the group went on a recce in order to begin planning their location shoot during the residential. They knew they wanted to film in the middle of nowhere because their story is built around two siblings going on a camping holiday, so the landscape around Youlgreave was the perfect backdrop.

Casting

A further stage was casting, which again involved a lot of exciting work. The casting call was available to external professional actors and auditions were held both on Skype and in person. The female lead – Rebekah Cutmore – auditioned after finding out about the project from the NTU Drama society. Her on-screen brother and male lead – Adam Redford – is a professional actor from London who the students had the opportunity to audition through Skype after uploading role details on Casting Network – an online casting website whose representatives came in for a guest lecture earlier in the year.

Daily journal

Throughout the two days of filming Christie has kept a journal which documented her experience on-location. Below is an excerpt of what her and her group got up to whilst filming Heading Out.

Monday 27 March 2017

06:15am – Today is the day I go off to Youlgreave to make our film, Heading Out. I’m so excited that the day has finally arrived, we have been planning it for three months now. It’s a very early start though, which isn’t good because I’m not a morning person.

08:00am – Now that everyone has arrived at Confetti reception, we are on the way to Youlgreave. I am sitting in the front of the mini-bus, while the rest of the film crew and our actors are in the back so I get to control the stereo.

10:00am – WE HAVE ARRIVED IN YOULGREAVE!!! After two hours on the road, we met up in the car park with Ollie (member of Confetti’s tech support team) who brought all the camera and audio equipment.

11:00am – At our first filming location now – River Lathkill – it’s slightly cloudy weather but hopefully it will clear up soon. We are going to start filming with scene 3.

14:00pm – After a 30 minute lunchbreak, back to filming we go as we’ve got a lot to do in a short space of time and the sun will be going in soon. We need to make the most of the daylight we have left.

18:30pm – On our way to the hostel after a very long but productive day, as we have got all the scenes with Adam finished. As a team, we were quite concerned we wouldn’t have enough time but now we are here we reflect that it all went really well and all the scenes went very smoothly.

Tuesday 28 March 2017

06:00am – I woke up early and decided it was time to get some breakfast and get ready for yet another long day of filming. After breakfast my team and I spent time working through the plan for the day.

08:00am – After talking to the team, we needed to start getting ready to leave and sort out the camera and audio equipment needed for the day.

10:00am – Today we are focusing on the shots we need for scene 2. The woods next to the River Bradford are perfect for it, since it needs to be in the middle of nowhere.

11:15am – Just finishing up scene 2. It took a while because we needed to set up everything (the camera itself, the tripod and audio equipment including the boom mic) and as we are only at this location once, we thought it would be a good idea to film the scene from lots of different angles.

13:00pm – We’ve only got a few more scenes to film and then we are finished. I’m getting so excited now. Both days have been so successful and productive, the team and I are very happy with how it all worked out.

14:45pm – WE HAVE OFFICALLY FINISHED HEADING OUT!!! After two whole days we have finally completed our film. The team and I are so happy and we have just found out that we were the first group to finish, which was pretty good news. Now we’re ready to start editing and get Heading Out ready for screening!

Vlogging

Want a sneak peek at what our students got up to during their two day shoot? Christie filmed a vlog which documents her group’s two day shoot for Heading Out.

Our students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of our 25 seat screening room at Space2 to organise private screenings for Heading Out as well as the movies created by the six other groups on our FdSc Film Production Technology course.

Want to ‘Do it For Real’ at Confetti like our FdSc Film Production Technology students? Apply for a Confetti Degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

Building Development – What you need to know from next week

Construction work on our new £9.1m Digital Media Hub starts on Monday 8 May.

Whilst this shouldn’t affect your day-to-day activity at Confetti, please bear in mind that there will be an increase in building site traffic on Convent Street. In order to stay safe, please take extra care when walking in and out of the buildings. We have taken precautions to make sure you will be affected as little as possible:

  • Designated walkways – we will signpost designated safe walkways, please make sure you keep to them when walking around
  • Safety staff – Staff will be around to coordinate the site traffic, please listen to them and follow their instructions

As you walk around Convent Street, please bear in mind that significant construction work is ongoing, so make sure you keep an eye on your surroundings.

If you have any questions about the construction work, please email newbuild@confetti.ac.uk.

Phase One of the Construction of our Digital Media Hub is Complete

Gone in 68 Seconds: Construction of our new Digital Media Hub has reached the end of its first phase!

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

We’ve captured all the work so far in our time-lapse video, check it out.

To date, work has involved the demolition of the existing building on Lower Parliament Street, during which there have been significant archaeological finds (including our own caves) that have rewritten the history of Medieval Nottingham. Find out more by visiting our dedicated archaeology page.

It’s a pretty dramatic before and after.

The demolition of our old building and associated works are now complete and we’re ready to move onto the next stage. Stepnell Ltd have been appointed as the constructor for the build and are currently carrying out enabling works for construction, which is due to begin in May.

You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest development announcements in the following ways.

Students

  • College noticeboards and screens
  • Student notices
  • Drop–in info sessions – Dates to be announced

General Public

Our dedicated email address for new build enquiries is newbuild@confetti.ac.uk

Want to join us at this exciting time? Order a prospectus and come along to an open day to find out more about our college level and degree level courses.

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The Dandylions make it to the Future Sound of Nottingham Final!

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The Dandylions at the Confetti Christmas Party 2016

Can Confetti make it two wins in a row at Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham this year?

After Super Furniture won in 2016, rock band The Dandylions, which includes two Confetti students, have been announced as one of the six finalists and will be performing on the main stage of Rocky City on Sunday 7 May! The other finalists are Hashtagobi, Roe Green, Brotherhood, One Giant Causaway and Kelsey Shaw.

FSN aspires to create opportunities for Notts musicians to play in front of large audiences, on iconic stages, in front of music industry professionals. The final six acts will battle it out next month for a chance to open the main stage at Splendour Festival on Saturday 22 July, joining multi award-winning bands Kaiser Chiefs & Busted. The finalists will be judged by a music industry expert panel on their stage presence, raw talent, quality of performance & songs, and Splendour suitability.

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The Dandylions
The Dandylions

Super Furniture opened last year’s Splendour main stage

Last year Confetti band Super Furniture won the competition and opened the main stage at Splendour 2016. Watch their performance at the festival (right) as they showed the crowd why they became the Future Sound of Nottingham winners. You can also listen to Nusic’s interview with the FSN 2016 champs as they spoke about preparing to play in front of 20,000 people.

Will The Dandylions be opening the stage this year?

How it works?

After submitting a song to Nusic, the judges (a panel of the most ‘able-to-help’ industry people from Nottingham) give each band a score based on ‘raw talent’ and ‘Splendour suitability’. The top two acts go straight through to the final, with the next ten entering the semi-finals which is left to a public vote.

This year The Dandylions breezed through the semi-finals with 979 verified votes – over 100 in the last hour after they played three separate gigs to help push themselves over the line! Their track ‘Legendary Force’ (below) was the song that got them into the competition, and was produced with Justin Hill, former member of influential British progressive metal band SikTh.

The band are over the moon with the news and can’t wait for the final:

“The competition has brought out the best in us, we’ve met so many new friends whilst campaigning for votes and playing Rock City is going to be a dream come true! We can’t wait!”

If you want to show your support at Rock City on Sunday 7 May follow us & Nusic on our social channels as we’ll be releasing ticket information as soon as it’s announced.

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