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 venue, training with professionals and working with industry-standard hardware and software. By the end of the course you’ll have gained the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills you need to work successfully within the technical events industry.
You’ll learn 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 effects and pyrotechnics
- Live event planning
We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.
At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.
Connecting with the industry
As a live events degree student, you’ll take part in Confetti’s Industry Week – a unique event that brings top names from the creative 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 Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis and artists, such as Professor Green and Will Kennard.
Our live events students not only get to attend the talks, but they’re also running all of the lights, sound and staging for all of the events throughout the week, adding a list of production credits to their CV.
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’re ready for a career in the creative industries after graduation.
- A custom-built live production workshop
- Digital and analogue live sound consoles
- 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
- Lighting consoles and software from Avolites and MA
- A range of intelligent and generic lighting fixtures from Chauvet
- Chauvet LED video wall
- Avid Pro Tools based live sound recording rigs
Teaching & Learning
Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, classroom sessions, seminars and tutorials. Practical workshops take place in our live event production space, giving you a significant amount of regular, weekly hands-on practical time. During these sessions you’ll develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.
Regular guest lectures from professionals working in sound, lighting and events production will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the live events industry. Previous visiting lecturers include:
- Michael Eavis – Glastonbury founder
- Dave Swallow – Sound Engineer (Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey-Rae, La Roux)
- Ceri Wade – Production Manager for Arcadia
- Matt Lee – X-factor Lighting Designer
Our live events students are regularly out working on productions at venues across the region, including:
- Nottingham Splendour Festival
- Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
- The Hockley Hustle Festival
- The Bodega
- National Videogame Arcade
- Nottingham Castle
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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.