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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. 

Emilie Musson: My First Year At Confetti

Confetti Student Emilie Musson

Emilie Musson talks about her first year studying a TV and Film course here at Confetti, including meeting the likes of TV presenter Stacey Dooley at our annual Industry Week in March.

I started my TV and Film course at Confetti back in September last year knowing very little about the TV and Film industry and knowing nobody on the course. But now, halfway through, I feel like I have learnt so much about what goes into making films and the media industry but also, I have made some friends for life.

So far I’ve learnt how to shoot/direct short films, create animated idents, record professional sound effects and so much more. In a way being at Confetti changed me as a person and brought me so close to my classmates. I now feel so inspired that working in the media industry is definitely what I would like to do as a career and many people in my class feel the same.

During Confetti’s Industry Week I felt so inspired and ambitious to learn from the people I watched during lectures. In particular, TV presenter Stacey Dooley was my favourite talk. She is so incredible and humble and such a lovely woman to talk to. I felt so empowered as a woman by what she was saying and I aspire to have a career like hers.

I have no regrets at all about enrolling on this course because it has changed my mind set about the media industry and my viewpoints on pop culture. Our tutors have taught us all so much and pushed us to do the best we can with our assignments. My class feels more like a family and we all try to help and support each other, and I’ll cherish the memories I have made.

You can hear more from Emilie in the next issue of Confetti student magazine The Wire. You can also follow her on Twitter.

** A special thanks to Confetti student, Luke Perry for the photograph of Emilie above, taken during a photography lesson. **

Confetti students celebrate win at the Nottingham Young Creative Awards

The Young Creative Awards took place at the Nottingham Playhouse on Monday evening and Confetti students were amongst the winners.

The winning entry for the 19-24 bracket for Animation and Digital Media was from Confetti HE Games Technology students, Tom Russell, Barry Martin and Josh Chaplin. All 3 students  are studying a Foundation Degree at Confetti ICT.

The Young Creative Awards were launched in 2009 to attract up and coming creative talent in the city and put young people in Nottingham on the creative map. Sponsors included OneNottingham, Dance4, Maber and our very own Spool. The categories were: Animation & Digital Media, Architecture & Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography and Visual Arts.

Denizen in the News

Confetti was once again in the news yesterday – this time on BBC East Midlands Today, with a look at record label Denizen, part of the Confetti Media Group and ex-Confetti students Kappa Gamma.

The special report looked at Nottingham’s thriving, world-class music scene. Pete Denizen, Head of Denizen was interviewed in Confetti’s EM Recording Suite.

If you missed it – watch on BBC iPlayer now.


Kappa Gamma

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Confetti

Nick Clegg Students at Confetti welcomed a special visitor yesterday in the shape of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

He was in Nottingham looking at how Government City Deal money of £60m could benefit creative businesses and young people.

He was taken on a tour of Confetti and the Antenna Creative Business Centre by Confetti Media Group boss Craig Chettle.

The Deputy Prime Minister met students on the Games Technology, Music Technology and TV and Film courses and observed their lessons.

Head of Further Education Phil Myers commented on the visit:

“It’s not every day the Deputy Prime Minister gets to experience the hard work you’ve been doing and our students relished the opportunity to share their creative achievements. With employment or higher education on every students mind the new financial investment in Nottingham was really encouraging news to our students”.

The Deputy Prime Minister commented:

“The City Deal is giving more control over money to folk here in Nottingham – aiming to create 1,000 Apprenticeships and 10,000 jobs across the city and help tackle youth unemployment. Places like Confetti are throwing their doors open, educating students and taking them on. The creative industry, as it is being practiced here, puts Nottingham on the map and I am delighted places like this exist outside of London”.