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Over 120 Confetti students work at Splendour Festival 2017

A record 25,000 people spent the day in Wollaton Park for Splendour Festival on Saturday 22 July. Nottingham’s biggest outdoor event celebrated its tenth year with amazing performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean amongst many others, and even though it was one of the wettest days of July, it didn’t dampen our students’ spirits!

Confetti was one of the main sponsors and many of our students worked alongside our technical teams to help make Splendour 2017 a fantastic event. This year the Confetti stage saw some of the Midlands’ top emerging talent support legendary acts, such as R&B favourite Billy Ocean who headlined the Confetti stage and influential punk band Buzzcocks who performed a riotous set. Former Music Performance student Josh Wheatley performed earlier in the day and saw fans sing along to his new single ‘Shiver’.

Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson
Busted's Charlie
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean

Over 120 students gained work experience

Last year’s record-breaking numbers in terms of student engagement were smashed again! 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.


124 Confetti students

209 opportunities

1435 work experience hours

The Live & Technical Events students spent the days setting up the stage lighting and sound and controlled the behind-the-scenes technology. As well as supporting each stage, our students set up and ran the Acoustic Rooms stage from start to finish, helping up-and-coming artists sound and look incredible. These include local breakthrough artists Young T & Bugsey who wowed a packed crowd in the courtyard. Technical Events tutor James Littlehales was impressed with the students’ resilience to power through and help out industry professionals in the typical British weather:

“Splendour provides the opportunity for students to see first-hand how the festival industry works from a behind the scenes perspective. Not only did they endure the cold and wet conditions, they showed how they can apply their knowledge to a real-life scenario and work as part of the crew that makes Splendour a success.”

Our TV & Film Production students documented the entire event through filming and photography, and some worked with our industry partner Notts TV to film and record all the backstage action. TV & Film tutor Jamie Cash recruited almost 30 students to perform technical roles on the day of Splendour:

“Their roles ranged from capturing the action on the Confetti stage and the Acoustic Rooms stage to recording Vox Pops with the general public and shooting GV’s (General Views) around the site. We had a mixture of college-level and university-level students working together, and they represented Confetti and NTU fantastically well throughout the day, acting with professionalism and dedication, despite some testing weather conditions!”

Second year Film & TV student Ellie Kemp spoke about her experience working on the Acoustic Rooms stage and on Vox Pops throughout the day:

“It was great to work with other students, and although it was a bit daunting to approach festival-goers at first, once we got going it became a lot easier, and it was great to see people out and about, enjoying the day. It definitely helped to improve my confidence and my production skills. I also worked on the Acoustic Rooms stage, filming some of the bands’ performances. It was interesting to see the different artists perform, and it was great to be a part of capturing such an exciting experience. I also felt as though I was putting my camera skills learnt from my TV & Film course to good use.”

The Confetti VR Experience

During the festival, we invited people to join the acts on the main stage through our VR experience tent. Many got to experience what it was like to be on stage in front of thousands of people, and our student crew made sure it ran smoothly, resulting in a lot of happy guests.

BSc Games Production student Akshay Soni said: “I enjoyed watching the public’s reactions to the VR experience as I thought that most people would now be familiar with VR, but those at our stand generally weren’t. It was amazing to introduce them to this technology.”

Industry experience lies at the core of our courses, offering our ambitious talented students the opportunity to get real industry experience during their studies and Splendour 2017 gave them the perfect platform. Andy King, Music & Events Curriculum Leader spoke of the importance of such opportunities for our students:

“Splendour is the perfect environment for our students to demonstrate the skills learnt as part of their studies. The experience our students gain is integral to their continued development as industry-ready practitioners and is a clear example of our ‘Do it for Real’ ethos.”

Altogether our students undertook over 1430 hours of work experience during Splendour Festival 2017, making it our most successful year to date for Confetti students!

Want to find out how to Do It For Real and work at Splendour next year? Check out our college courses and degree courses now.

Our college-level students showcase their work across Hockley

Celebrate 2017

This month, our Level 3 TV & Film, Music, Performance, Games and Digital Media students took over Hockley to showcase their work for Celebrate 2017. The exhibition spanned across three amazing venues, perfect for showing what our young creatives are capable of.

Broadway Cinema

After the success of Confetti’s very first Celebrate Short Film Festival last year, our students once again took over Broadway Cinema to treat their fellow students, staff, family and friends to a range of films (including Ellies which highlights the important work taking place on the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital), documentaries and music videos – all written, directed, edited and starred in by our students across our TV & Film and Film & Acting courses.

Rough Trade

After lunch, our Music Performance, Music Technology and Live Events students came together to put on an amazing free music festival at Rough Trade. People were treated to DJ sets, incredible live bands and amazing custom stage lighting. The festival didn’t stop there, as the music continued at The National Videogame Arcade with the Confetti Live Acoustic Stage.

The National Videogame Arcade

Celebrate finished 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.

Check out our Games Art students’ work in this online portfolio.

Games tutor Adam Cain was really proud of how good the students work looked:

“It was fantastic to see our talented students artwork placed within an institution such as the National Videogame Arcade. I think it’s a rare opportunity to exhibit somewhere like this, and hopefully they’ll be proud of their accomplishments.”

It was an amazing day and we wish the best of luck to all of our students as they head into higher education or the world of employment.

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.

Degree Showcase celebrates the work of this year’s graduates

Degree Showcase Awards

On 7 & 8 June 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 & filmmakers, to music producers and sound engineers – our students displayed their diverse range of skills through complex final year projects – such as documentaries, videogame levels, remixes and mastering portfolios.

If you didn’t make it you can see examples of our students’ work in our online Degree Showcase

We kicked off the Degree Showcase with a private view and invited industry professionals and local leaders to come and have a look around, giving our students the opportunity to network and showcase their talents to potential employers.

Industry professionals such as our TV & Film ambassador Vicky McClure, Andy Davis from Splash Damage and one part of Nottingham Duo and Confetti alumni Congi – Gaz Frost turned up to see the work of the next generation of creative and technical talent. Our students even got to brush shoulders with the Sheriff of Nottingham!

Excitement was high as the doors to the Degree Showcase opened for a second day for the general public, family and friends to visit.

Our FdA Music Performance students took to the stage in our dedicated Live & Technical Events Workspace showcasing the skills they have developed during their course in a series of performances supported by FdSc Live & Technical Events. In our 25 seat screening room our FdSc TV & Film students’ films and documentaries were played throughout the day and our Game and VFX students were on hand to demo their work to visitors. 

College level students from Confetti and our partner institution Access to Music, were given the opportunity to tour the exhibition and talk to the degree students about the courses that many of them will be returning to study next year. 

As day turned to evening, students and their family and friends gathered in the Space2 TV studio for the Degree Showcase awards ceremony, hosted by Notts TV presenter Iain Chambers. The best degree students were recognised and rewarded for their hard work and dedication. One by one, the 16 winners collected their awards and gave speeches which highlighted the important role the support of Confetti tutors, their families and peers have had on their achievements.

The evening festivities were a true testament to Confetti’s dedication to creating and maintaining a tight-knit community which supports talent and personal development. The Milo Kelly Memorial Award was given for the second year in a row to celebrate the most promising up and coming talent from within the ranks of 1st year degree students. Along with a brand new award – Do It For Real Award which was given to the student that had participated in the most work experience and out of class activity throughout their studies.

The evening ended on a celebratory note as Confetti CEO Craig Chettle took to the stage to award the Student of the Year accolade to James Hutton. 

From all of us here at Confetti we would like to congratulate all exhibiting students for their outstanding performance this year!

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)


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


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


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.

Contemporary Music Hub – A New Home For Music & Events at Confetti

music hub

Confetti is set to become a leading force in contemporary music education with the creation of our new home for music and live events in Nottingham.

We’re working on transforming the ground-floor of the Marco Island building in Nottingham into a contemporary music and events education hub which will include music studios, rehearsal rooms, sound recording and editing suites, social spaces and a 300-capacity auditorium.

This means that if you’ve accepted an offer to study on both our college-level and degree courses in Music Performance, Music Technology and Live and Technical Events production you’ll learn in some of the finest studios in Europe!

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

Studio 2

On Monday 29 January, we opened the first studio in our Contemporary Music & Live Events Hub – Studio 2 – and welcomed the first lot of students in.

The studio features a hybrid analog/digital setup and includes custom Exigy monitors in the mainfield along with PMC Twotwo.6 in the nearfield. We went in the rooms before anyone else did and captured it all for you to see!

Check out a 360 image of the control room below:

Note: Drag the image to explore the room. If you’re viewing on mobile, you can use your handset as a Virtual Reality headset.

The Contemporary Music 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 pursue their creative career.

Not a current student and want to be part of it all? Visit our next open day and apply for a Confetti College or Degree course now!