Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University
2 years full-time for FdSc
Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to join our BSc Live and Technical Events (one year top-up)
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham
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Entry and admissions criteria:
- 64 UCAS tariff points (160 points in old UCAS tariff) from A-Levels, BTECs, or equivalent
- A* – C in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent
Fees and funding:
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This cutting-edge course will give you the opportunity to study in a real world live event venues, training with professionals and working with industry standard hardware and software. By the end of the course you will have gained the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills you will need to work successfully within the technical events industry.
You will learn about a broad range of disciplines within the live and technical events sector including:
- Lighting and stage design
- Live sound reinforcement
- Sound theory and acoustics
- Electrical principles
- Equipment maintenance and repair
- Visual FX
- Live event planning
Connecting with the industry
As a live events degree student, you will take part in Confetti’s Industry Week – a unique event that brings over 100 top names from the music, games, TV and film industries to Confetti for workshops, masterclasses, lectures and seminars. From event organisers to stage managers, Industry Week is your chance to be inspired, make contacts and learn from the pros.
Our students have had the opportunity to meet and receive advice from established names, such as Glastonbuy organiser Michael Eavis and artists, such as Professor Green and Will Kennard.
Confetti’s Head of Talent Development also works closely with the course, linking students with opportunities across the local and regional music industry. Working on live projects throughout the course will help you gain industry experience, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV – making sure you are ready for a career in the creative industries after graduation.
- Our own dedicated production rehearsal space
- Midas Venice 32 channel analogue live console
- A large selection of microphones from leading manufacturers such as Shure, AKG, Neumann, Audio Technica.
- Extensive backline equipment including Gretsch and Yamaha drum kits, Vox, Fender and Marshall amplifiers
- Avolites Titan lighting console with touchscreen laptop
- A range of Chauvet lighting
- Avid Pro Tools based mobile recording rigs
Teaching & Learning
Teaching and learning is designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking. Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.
In some modules you’ll work on ‘live’ projects, where you’ll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.
Guest lectures from professional artists and event managers will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the events industry.
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What you’ll study in year 1
Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies used in the industry to enhance audience experience and in supporting performance at live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, as well as their underlying scientific principles. You’ll study the use of general and intelligent lighting fixtures from manufacturers including Chauvet, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control network hardware.
In this module, you’ll develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of sound technology. You’ll study the physical properties of sound, investigating sound wave propagation (frequency, wavelength, and velocity), decibel calculations and their application in sound reinforcement, as well as important health & safety considerations.
An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental for anyone working in a technical role within the live events sector. This module aims to equip you with a range of practical skills for fault-finding, maintenance and repair of audio visual systems. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate industry standards and practices.
Working in the live events industry requires an awareness of the huge range of job roles and career paths, alongside an awareness of the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have shaped the live events sector. During this module, you’ll be encouraged to carry out research in the industry, analysing current industry trends and legislation. You will also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in real project briefs within the local live events industry.
What you’ll study in year 2
During this module, you’ll examine advanced functionality of lighting control systems and instruments. You’ll develop a better understanding of the scientific principles behind lighting for live events and you’ll put these skills into practice, creating the lighting package for a large UK festival.
In this follow-on module, you’ll increase your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology. You’ll work with a range of mathematical data to study and evaluate acoustic properties in live venues, investigate loudspeaker designs and carry out sound measurements and calculations.
During this part of the course, you’ll learn about the key technologies associated with visual effects (VFX) in a live events context. Core areas of study include the design and implementation of VFX such as projection mapping, LED video wall technology and live vision mixing and video manipulation. You will also learn about the safety and use of pyrotechnics with real hands-on experience.
During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.