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Foundation degrees

The Foundation Degree is a vocational qualification in higher education.

Foundation degrees are intended to give a basic knowledge in a subject to enable the holder to go on to employment or further study in that field. They are normally offered by universities and further education colleges working in partnerships. Our FdSc and FdA qualifications are offered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

The FdSc and FdA are at Level 5 in the qualifications framework. They are below the level of an honours degree (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws etc.). Courses are typically two years full-time study or 3 to 4 years part-time study. It also sits on the same level as the pre-existing Higher National Diploma (HND). However, unlike the HND, it stands as a degree.

It is common for foundation degree holders to ‘top-up’ to a full Honours Degree award, which typically involves one further year of full-time study. Students at Confetti can choose to complete this top-up on one of our top-up degree options.

Top-up degrees

During the second year of your foundation degree, you’ll have the opportunity to ‘top-up’ – typically one year’s further study, to turn your FdSc or FdA into a full BSc honours degree*. Topping up your foundation degree is an excellent way to boost your existing qualification and open up new career possibilities. It only takes one additional year to complete and you graduate with a full honours degree from Nottingham Trent University.

A top-up degree is a great way to expand on the knowledge and skills you have gained while studying for your foundation degree, by allowing you to progress straight to the final year of a full undergraduate degree. Find out more on our website.

Why choose us?

About Confetti

We’re not like other universities. We’re a specialist creative industry education provider and we’re home to the very best technology, studios and equipment, industry-connected tutors and over 1,600 passionate and committed students.

Boasting a record label, film & post-production company and Nottinghamshire’s very first TV channel – Notts TV – when we say ‘Do it for real’, we really mean it.

Industry Links

Study at Confetti and you’ll find your inspiration in some of the most successful players across the creative industries.

Take Industry Week – a unique insight from some of the UK’s most influential practitioners, we go off timetable for a week of workshops, seminars and talks. Our heavy-weights have included the likes of Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, Radio 1Extra’s Mistajam and MOBO award-winning artist, Professor Green. With 3D model-making from Wallace & Gromit creators – Aardman, gaming techniques from the people behind Call of Duty and technical event tips from the founder of Glastonbury – Industry Week is the ultimate student experience.

Confetti also runs a number of commercial businesses – film and TV production company Spool, record label Denizen, creative business hub Antenna and education furniture design and manufacturer Constellations.

We are also partners with Nottingham’s successful television station Notts TV, which broadcasts 24/7 on Virgin, Sky and Freeview to over 5 million homes across Notts and the East Midlands. All of these commercial businesses offer our students unique opportunities to get first-hand industry experience, from getting signed to our record label, to working behind the scenes on live TV programmes and meeting creative businesses to establish great contacts.

To top it all, we are part of Nottingham Trent University – meaning if you choose to stay on and study a degree with us – you will graduate from one of the country’s leading and most popular universities.

Why a career in the Creative Industries?

We live in an exciting time where technology informs and supports almost everything we do. As this world expands, the industries that support it grow – offering exciting opportunities for people who choose to make a career within them.

At Confetti we continuously follow key market trends to ensure we’re offering courses and qualifications to satisfy these markets, creating confident professionals who are job-ready.

Creative industry job facts

The UK’s creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy

Creative industries in the UK grew by 8.9% in 2014 – almost double the economy as a whole

One in six of all UK graduate jobs is now a creative job

The creative industries generate a staggering £9.6 million pounds an hour