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

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
P322

Institution code:
N91

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • 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 suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Fees and funding:

Visit our fees & funding page for more information.

How to Apply

This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University and all applications must be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

This course is for active and passionate musicians and is designed to cultivate your continuing pursuit of excellence in your musical expression. It is a programme designed as a means of developing all areas of your craft and relating them directly to the industry in which you will find yourself.

The focus is on study of skills, professional practice and techniques in writing, performing and recording the best of your output. Whilst developing these skills you will be provided with an active and current engagement with the industry via Confetti’s internal and external working network.

Sessions will take place within our exciting and stimulating rehearsal and recording spaces in the state of the art Contemporary Music Hub where you will engage with other musicians, live technicians and audio engineers and producers with similar or complementary expertise on this and other courses.

This degree will provide opportunities to create and compose in a variety of ways for a host of purposes related to your personal and professional aspirations.

Our recording and mastering facilities will be a vital part of your craft in which you will be tutored in recording and mixing techniques as well as developing your critical ear.

You’ll learn in our music and live events hub – Metronome - designed by world-renowned audio architects White Mark Ltd – who have designed studios for clients including Jay-Z and Damon Albarn and have access to a range of modern and vintage equipment from manufacturers, including Fender, Vox, Marshall, Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Gretsch, and production facilities running Logic X, Ableton Live suite, Native Instrument Komplete and Sibelius.

To top off these incredible recording facilities, Studio 1 now houses a 48 channel SSL Duality console as used by Abbey Road, Steve Mac, Chemical Brothers, Pete Townshend and many, many more.

As part of a personal and artistic development programme teaching and learning centres around key environments. You will attend sessions in specialist facilities designed and built for purpose. Practical sessions will take place in rehearsal and recording studios designed by White Mark Ltd. These spaces are equipped with state of the art hardware and software giving you access to professional grade resources.

Lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials will give you the opportunity to explore the core practical and theoretical principles of the module subject areas.

Weekly sessions providing input, consultation and discussion with tutors and your colleagues based around the core module components. Modules have been designed to bring a holistic approach to each year of study based on study, research and activity to allow development of artistry alongside academic practice.  You will be encouraged to develop a critical and inquisitive approach to your studies through research into areas of study that are of particular interest to you. The processes of composition, rehearsal and recording are a fundamental in preparation for performance. Rehearsal and recording studio sessions account for a significant portion of delivery. Reflective and engagement with feedback from audience and professionals is designed to give opportunity for growth through the responses you develop.

In order to build and maintain an active and professional network you will work on live briefs. This process also offers the opportunity to build resilience and professional standards within your work and artistic practice.

Outcomes will be assessed in a variety of ways in order to showcase your achievements and allow peer and professional comment. Practically you will undertake performances, presentations and deliver portfolios of work collected during rehearsals and events. Academic reports and essays will be submitted to assess your research and reflective practices.

You will receive a significant amount of informal Formative Feedback during the course. This feedback is provided to help you evaluate your progress as you work through problems. This type of feedback is typically provided within tutorials verbally, as part of seminars, lectures or workshops.

You will receive summative feedback at the end of each module and this provides you with an overarching review of your achievements set against the learning outcomes.

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives, such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work, to help enhance your future career.

96% of Confetti undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees. (DLHE 2016/17)

Our recording and mastering facilities will be a vital part of your craft in which you will be tutored in recording and mixing techniques as well as developing your critical ear.

The output of your creativity will be recorded and showcased to an audience on one of a plethora of stages within Confetti Media Group. Confetti has links with venues around the country and there will be opportunities to perform on stages in Nottingham and around the Midlands including festivals and tours.

Previous students have put on performances at venues, such as Bodega, The Maze, Rough Trade and our 350-capacity public-facing venue – Metronome.

Access to industry is imperative and through industry modules you will work on live briefs with clients allowing networking and the creation of a real and active portfolio of work.

Right for you?

A three year Bachelor degree is a great choice if you’re looking to gain a full Level 6 qualification. With a higher UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more theoretical approach to your studies combined with significant elements of practice. After graduating you will be able to progress onto a postgraduate course or start your creative career.

Topping up your existing qualification

If you already have an FdA, HND or equivalent you can join this BA course by direct entry into year 2 or 3, depending upon your qualification and experience.

Each case will be considered individually, but if you have passed an FdA from Confetti and decided you want to continue your studies, you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year to ‘top-up’ to a full honours degree.

What you'll study in year 1

This module aims to develop your understanding of composition and arranging through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject area. You will be given a grounding in music theory, arranging techniques and composition, whilst developing hands-on skills in music production software. The latter will provide you with additional options or may form the backbone for the work you do within the areas of composition and arranging.

During this module you will study different approaches to composing. You will work both individually and collaboratively on projects that show a developing understanding of music genre and create a body of work that demonstrates your developing practice as a composer, arranger and producer.

This module aims to develop your performance techniques, focusing on several key areas.  You will develop technical competence in playing an instrument, through studying contemporary performance techniques, developing skills in sight reading, listening skills and improvisation.

You will develop your skills as a performer in solo and group contexts, considering the communicative nature of musical performance, your relationship with the audience and exploring the performance environment.

The module also deals with the various technical demands of the performing musician, including instrument maintenance and the ‘tool kit’ required by a performing musician. You will carry out research to inform your developing practical skills, giving you an appreciation of contemporary theories and techniques.

The role of the modern musician requires an understanding of the technological aspects of recording and producing music. Advancements in technology mean that more and more musicians are recording their own music and ‘self-producing’.

In addition to this, the ability of musicians to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas about their work with sound engineers and producers can be an invaluable asset. Consequently, this module aims to develop your understanding of sound recording practices to aid you in your future career as a professional musician.

A large emphasis of the module is on practical recording techniques. You will also study the historical development of recording technology and its impact on musical styles as well as the wider influence on society and culture.

This module aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of how changes in industry impact on consumer trends and working practices. In addition, the module focuses heavily on your development as an emerging professional. Consequently, there is a strong emphasis on you completing work for client(s) as part of your study in the module.

You will be required to carry out independent study into current industry trends, examining and evaluating how changes in technology have affected the creation and consumption of music and audio content. You will also be introduced to the pressures of working for clients through the completion of a live client brief.

The aim is for you to acquire practical experience of the skills and attributes needed for work and employment in industry.

What you'll study in year 2

This module follows on from your first year studies in composition and arrangement, this time focussing on composition for visual media. This subject area brings with it distinct challenges for a music composer. A composer for visual media must be able to work collaboratively, taking direction from others in the development of their work.

It is also important to understand the emotive impact music can have and how to write music that enhances the viewing experience. Therefore, you will explore the application of compositional tools for specific themes such as horror, romance, drama, sadness, suspense and comedy.

There is a strong emphasis on critical thinking and reflection in this module through the study of a wide range of commercial compositional work and analysis of your own work in this context.

Music plays an integral part of everyday life across a diverse range of cultures and societies. In many ways, music provides the touchstones of human experience. Music can transcend language and cultural barriers. It can have an effect on individual and social identity, politics, fashion and technology.

This module encourages you to examine the historical significance of music and musical performance and its impact on global cultures and societies. You will also study the fundamental aspects of the psychology of music and its effect on the human brain in terms of emotive response to music and sound.

There is a strong emphasis on research throughout this module and you will be required to spend time carrying out independent research activities to widen your understanding of the subject area. There will also be practical aspects of the module with guest workshops and lectures from industry professionals.

This module aims to further develop your performance techniques, enhancing your technical skills whilst broadening your contextual understanding of musical performance. You will continue to develop a technical mastery in your first instrument, through timetabled and self-directed rehearsal and performance schedules. Throughout this module you will perform individually and collaboratively, developing and working on your technique in both settings in order to develop your stage craft and hone your skills as a performer.

As well as a focus on traditional musicianship and solo / ensemble performance, you will also be exploring the integration of different technologies in performance. You will research the historical and contemporary use of technology in performance, and use this research to inform the integration of technology into your own work.  You will investigate pioneering individuals in the integration of technology in performance, and acquire the technical know-how required to implement technology into a live performance.

The module also focusses on the knowledge and understanding required to effectively stage a live performance, including aspects such as health & safety legislation, project management, self-promotion and budgeting.

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.

The nature of creative industries is increasingly defined by freelance and self-employed models of work. Consequently, individuals seeking work in industry need to appreciate the pressures of working on multiple projects to strict deadlines and the subsequent demands this place on time and resources. Similarly, an understanding of professional practice and the legal and economic imperatives in industry is important, as is effective communication, self-efficacy and autonomy.

This module aims to develop these skills and knowledge by challenging you to develop a range of self-directed projects.

What you'll study in your final year

This module aims to further develop your knowledge of branding and marketing within the music industry. You will also be exploring your own brand identity by demonstrating the skills to critically analyse pre-conceived concepts and components that constitute your own brand.

Additionally, the module focusses on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to create and contribute to the realisation of a Development Plan for your own brand over a specified time period. This will then culminate in a final presentation which fully showcases the work of the brand during the period of development.

Consequently, there is a strong emphasis on you completing substantial personal or ensemble activity in areas such as design and presentation of principal artefacts; live performance to audiences; demonstrations/presentations; creation of multi-media material; interviews and discussion groups; marketing and promotion of your own brand including appropriate social media strategies.

Music professionals require expert understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of performance and production for employment in the music industry. Throughout this module you will apply and extend your knowledge of composition and performance techniques in creating music products and staging live productions. You will be encouraged to develop important critical listening and observational skills when working in a variety of performance and recording situations.

The module will focus predominantly on practical performance and recording in the rehearsal and recording studio environments, alongside opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in a range of performance situations. Towards the end of the module you will take part in events and performances designed to market, publicise and support the product you are releasing.

The overarching aim is to equip you with a range of practical skills that are grounded in a historical, cultural and theoretical context.

This module builds on your previous experience and knowledge gained during Level 4 and 5. The module provides you with an opportunity to develop a research based portfolio of work, through self-initiated creative investigation.

The emphasis of this module is to create a dissertation based on your interests and personal study which is negotiated through consultations with tutors. It provides you with the opportunity to develop professional practical work while demonstrating sustained intellectual engagement with a specific form of creative investigation.

In this way the module gives you greater autonomy to define your career direction, produce industry level practical work and demonstrate your potential for professional practice.

The module will provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your ability to research, critically analyse, contextually formulate opinion and produce work on industry related topics.

As part of this investigation you will also enhance your abilities to communicate your findings with an audience and consolidate your skills in project management and self-directed work, both of which are vital for a career within the creative industries and wider world of work.

The module serves to acquaint you with the key skills and practices required to undertake and complete independent project research and to produce creative technological products in response.

On this course you’ll study in Metronome - our brand new contemporary music and live events hub designed by world-renowned audio architects White Mark Ltd – who have designed studios for clients including Jay-Z and Damon Albarn. You’ll have access to:

  • High-end recording facilities
  • Our own dedicated performance rehearsal spaces
  • Production facilities running Logic X, Ableton Live suite, Native Instrument Komplete and Sibelius
  • A range of modern and vintage equipment from manufacturers such as: Fender, Vox, Marshall, Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Gretsch, Mesa-Boogie, Electro-Harmonix
  • Access to a recording and development label (Denizen)
  • Links to promoters and venues around Nottingham and the UK

Degree Showcase

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

The Confetti Classroom

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.

Industry Week

Live projects will help you gain industry experience, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV. As a Music Technology student, you'll also take part in Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

Previous guests include: Michael Eavis, Professor Green, DJ Yoda, Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes), Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), Goetz Botzenhardt (Bjork, Sugarbabes, Faithless, Dido, Pet Shop Boys) and George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown).

Continue your education

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your undergraduate course. Choose to continue your studies on our postgraduate degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:

Future careers

You can also move straight into your career, in areas which might include:

  • Performing musician
  • Touring / session musician
  • Music composer/Songwriter
  • Music journalist
  • Music teacher
  • Music producer
  • Music Director in Theatre
  • A&R
  • Promoter/Booking Agent
  • Music and Sound supervisor for media products
  • Artist management

Many roles in industry operate on a freelance or self-employed basis and the course aims to equip you for these working models through professional industry based projects and specific business skills workshops and seminars. Graduates seeking to enter the industry in a freelance capacity are well placed to successfully do so.

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