Duration:
3 years full-time for BA (Hons)
Direct entry into year 2 or 3 available with previous HND/FdSc

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code: P324

Institution code:
N91 (Nottingham Trent University)

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.

This course is not available for international applicants requiring a Student visa.

Fees and funding:

Visit our fees & funding page for more information.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

We advise you to budget between £50 - £250 for an external hard drive and SD cards. Whilst you will be provided with storage for your work on the servers it is also good practice to back up your digital files to an external source.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

If you want to produce cutting-edge, high end content that reaches a diverse global audience then this degree is for you.

This forward-thinking degree is suited for the next generation of entrepreneurs who have the creative and technical mindset to drive change and influence through the content they produce - whether you want create content for someone else, or whether you want to be face of your content.

The course will develop your skills in video production, image manipulation and editing as you produce cutting-edge, high-end content. You’ll learn to analyse and interpret audience analytics and use this information to develop ethical strategies to ensure increased audience engagement with the content you produce.

Why study Content Creation at Confetti?

We’ve been running our own commercial creative businesses for almost 30 years. From broadcast studios, a live music and events venue, and an esports and virtual production hub, our seasoned pros will guide you, challenge you and ultimately help develop your skillset, knowledge, and portfolio in areas such as production, post-production, and motion graphics. We have broadcasters, storytellers, streamers, producers, graphic designers, filmmakers…the list goes on!

Complementing all these opportunities will be the chance to hear from industry experts through guest lectures and Industry Week: an annual festival of masterclasses, talks, and insights from the creative industries.

You can expect to work on industry-standard audio and visual hardware technologies, producing digital content assets; learn new techniques to master your image manipulation skills; and use video editing software to edit material into coherent narrative structures.

Within individual modules the delivery of the material encourages increasing levels of skill development and student participation, ensuring that, as you progress through the course, you become a more confident and independent learner. We aim to include a range of methods of delivery that may include;

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshop
  • Group tutorials
  • Academic Tutorials (ATs)
  • Presentations and Pitches
  • Team working
  • Independent learning
  • Visiting industry professionals

All the modes of delivery are structured to develop on-going abilities and skills through exploring ideas and problem solving.

Assessment tasks are designed to challenge students, and to allow them to demonstrate their own creativity and independent research. Assessment design is moderated to ensure students can demonstrate the full range of learning, skills and attributes and to confirm its relevance to the development of the skills needed for the workplace and for further study.

A range of assessment types are used allowing students to demonstrate that they have met the module outcomes. All summative assessment is aligned to formative development of the skills needed. Assessment feedback is developmental and aligned to learning outcomes. Formative feedback includes peer, employer and staff feedback and may be written or verbal. For some modules, there will be a range of submission methods available to offer a degree of personalisation.

What you'll study in year 1

In this module you will explore the global impact of social media and the role online content plays within society. You will study the companies that proliferate online content and the tools they use to ensure their content reaches the intended audience.

You will use this knowledge to work independently to develop digital content as part of a campaign exploring a particular issue that effects social media platforms. Using key metrics and datasets to analyse the impact of the content they have produced, you will use information gained from this analysis to adjust and revise their online content strategy.

In this module you will develop your own online content strategy focused on promoting a brand, product or person. You will developyour branding as part of a content strategy to create a cohesive online identity to use across a range of appropriate social media channels.

You will learn how to interpret, analyse and use audience analytics to grow an online community and engage audiences.

In this module you will develop practical skills using a range of audio-visual hardware technologies, such as video cameras, stills cameras, lighting, grip equipment, audio recorders and microphones. You will learn about the pre-production paperwork used in the development of ideas, such as storyboards, call sheets, location scouting and risk assessments.

You will engage with a series of mini practical sessions under timed conditions whereby you will be expected to produce a range of video assets, created using appropriate audio-visual technologies.

During this module you will work alongside a professional client to gain 80 hours of assessed work-like experience. You will develop skills using video editing software and image manipulation software to enhance the content you produce.

You will also learn about legislation surrounding copyright and intellectual property and use this knowledge to ensure your creative output complies with legislation in this area.

What you'll study in year 2

In this module you will be introduced to a broad range of different genres, such as factual and fictional filmmaking techniques and corporate, advertising and music video techniques.

You will then independently choose a specific genre to study further and implement a digital content strategy for producing content for a specified purpose.

During this module you will work alongside a professional client to gain 80 hours of assessed work-like experience. You will be expected to explore employability skills and put them into practice whilst demonstrating a growing proficiency working with appropriate hardware and software.

You will be producing content that adheres to a specific house style and guidelines whilst interpreting audience analytics and metrics to drive strategic decision-making with regards to digital content.

This module will allow you to explore advanced techniques in post-production in order to help enhance your digital content work. You will learn motion graphics and 3D animation techniques to ensure your digital content stands out from the crowd.

You will also learn how to colour grade footage to increase the production value of the high-end content you produce.

In this module you will learn to analyse and critically debate issues at the forefront of content creation and social media. You will look at the global impact of social media and the current legislation that surrounds it.

You will research and examine literature published in this area and produce your own essay exploring the critical debates surrounding social media.

What you'll study in year 3

In this module you will undertake a self-directed synoptic assessment drawing upon knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course. You will produce an innovative online content portfolio that has a clear and established content strategy.

The strategy for your online content will be driven by detailed analysis of metadata, metrics and audience data to justify ongoing reflection and decision making about when to pivot content. This will help ensure the development of a product that lives long after the completion of the module, supports future employability and has the potential to influence positive change within society.

Technology and innovation lie at the forefront of content creation and in this module, you will explore, investigate and experiment with the latest advancements influencing the industry. You will test new and emerging software and hardware and explore the ways in which they can be used to enhance, innovate, and influence the creation and distribution of online content.

During this module you will apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the duration of your course whilst undertaking 80 hours of work-like experience. You will reflect on the knowledge, skills and personal qualities employed within your work-like experience and explore further employability opportunities within your chosen field.

You will apply innovation and entrepreneurship in the creation of a business plan and appropriate digital assets to develop your own digital content creation business.

On this course you'll study in Confetti HQ - our digital media hub, whilst you'll also spend some of your time Metronome and Confetti X.

You’ll have access to:

  • 37m2 green screen studio
  • 48m2 Motion capture Studio
  • 24 seat post-production lab with Dual Screen PC workstations
  • 25 seat screening room with Dolby Atmos audio facilities
  • Specialist software including Nuke, Mari, Houdini, ZBrush, PF Track & Unreal Engine
  • Full Autodesk Suite (Maya, 3DS Max, Mudbox)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Photoshop)
  • Industry-standard cameras from Sony and Blackmagic
  • Wacom Cintiq 13HD touch tablets
  • Foley suite
  • Production and meeting rooms
  • Access to audio post-production equipment
Student capturing a live performance at Metronome, Nottingham

Degree Showcase

Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.

At Confetti, we offer students the chance to ‘Do It For Real’ – get out into real industries and experience working in various roles that take their interest.

Guest speakers

Throughout the year, students are invited to attend various talks and events with visiting industry experts.

Industry Week

You'll also take part in Industry Week where you’ll be able to meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the creative industries. Past guests have included the likes of Youtube content creator award-winners, Framestore, Industrial Light and Magic, Stephen Graham and Russell T Davies.

Work experience

Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the industry. As a student studying at Confetti, you'll also benefit from its commercial creative businesses.

These include Metronome, our live music and events venue; our esports and live streaming complex, Confetti X; commercial broadcast television channel, Notts TV; and Antenna; a co-working space for the creative industries.

There will be regular opportunities to work with these businesses, whilst Confetti also supports and has connections with local music festivals, creative businesses, and is part of Nottingham Trent University.

Your career

The aim is to arm you with the ability to produce engaging content for high street brands, corporate clients, social media influencers or your own channels as a freelancer or start-up.

Graduates will be highly employable and equipped with skills in design, story-telling, video production, editing, communications, and social media asset building. You’ll be able to pursue work in a wide variety of roles including shoot edit filmmaker, media strategist, digital designer, graphic designer, marketing officer, social media influencer, and digital content editor.

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