Duration:
3 years full-time | Direct entry available

Location:
Confetti London Campus, NTU

UCAS course code:
N821

Institution code:
N91

Integrated Foundation Year available

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This Event Production course, based in London, is for those wanting to forge an exciting career in the live event production industry.

You’ll work in a real-world live events venue, learning from our team of experts who are professionals in lighting design, live sound, broadcasting, live event planning, and live video installation and design, including LED video screen technology, and projection mapping Pyrotechnics.

This is a heavily practical course, with a focus on gaining real-world experience, and underpinned by theory. You’ll learn about building lighting rigs and PA systems from day one as well as maintaining and repairing the equipment that you will be using on real world events.

Your tutors are all industry professionals still out there working in the industry whilst also being qualified lecturers – so you’re learning from people that live it! We set up cross-collaborations with other course disciplines such as Music Performance, Film Production, Television Production and Content Creation students. We even have our own Events Society where independently produced events are created and executed.

This course is for you if:

  • you enjoy enjoy live events, music, festivals, community and open air events, club nights, VIP experiences and fashion shows
  • you are good at working with others, collaborating and being a strong team player, creating plans, working documents and marketing content
  • you are great at managing your own time and are a proactive doer
  • you are excited by event experiences and performance

We also offer an Integrated Foundation Year for this course, allowing you to get up to speed with the creative industries before embarking on your degree.

Progression route

MA in Events Management  at our Nottingham or London campuses.

Clearing 2024

  • 88 UCAS pointsfrom up to four qualifications.

Spaces are limited, so call NTU’s Clearing hotline on 0115 848 6000 to secure your place.

2025 entry

  • Standard offer: 112 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications
  • Contextual offer (UK only): 104 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU and Confetti offer a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university.

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We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

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Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University. You can apply through UCAS.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Lighting Technology (40 Credit Points)

Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies in use to enhance the audience experience and support the performance of live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, and their underlying scientific principles.

You will study the use of generic and intelligent lighting fixtures from a range of manufacturers, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control hardware and software. You will investigate current health and safety legislation and implement practical skills during industry practice focused workshops and live events. You will also gain knowledge of the historical developments in lighting technology and how that informs current industry standards and working practices.

Sound Technology (40 Credit Points)

This module aims to develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of live sound. You will study the physical properties of sound and how they relate to sound reinforcement and will explore analogue and digital technologies. You’ll put your knowledge into practice in practical live sound settings throughout the year.

Equipment Maintenance and Repair (20 Credit Points)

An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental to anyone working within technical roles within the live event sector. It is of paramount importance that work in industry is carried out with electrical safety at the forefront. This module aims to equip you with a range of practical skills for fault finding, maintenance and repair of event technology. You will learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate recognised industry standards and practices.

The Live Event Industry (20 Credit Points)

Working in the live event industry requires an awareness of the various types of job roles and career paths, and the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have helped shape the live event sector. This module encourages you to carry out research into the live event industry and analyse current trends and legislation, in order to gain a thorough understanding of your chosen sector. You will also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in basic work-related activities.

Production Design and Technology (60 Credit Points)

Production design focuses on all visual elements of an event, incorporating lighting and video technology, and often set design. With the continuous development of lighting and video technology, the roles of lighting or video designer often merge and the requirement to have skills in both areas of the industry is expected. In this module you will explore all aspects of production design and technology.

You will develop skills in lighting programming, video distribution systems, use of projection and LED screen technology, as well as looking at the design process, skills in 3D visualisation and the socio economic responsibilities of a designer.

You will also explore advanced lighting skills included the use of rigging and lifting equipment and calculating safe working practice when designing systems. You will develop a portfolio of skills in various different lighting and video design and operation software, which will then be put into practice in a final design project.

Advanced Sound Technology (40 Credit Points)

You will further your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology through the application of the design of different sound reinforcement systems. You will look at the connection between mathematical data to study the behaviour of sound in live venues, investigate loudspeaker designs and carry out sound measurements and calculations.

This module also has a strong emphasis on practical live sound engineering skills, and you will have the opportunity to develop and hone your skills in the live sound environment using industry-standard software and hardware.

Future You (20 Credit Points)

You are are the key to your own success! In this module you will investigate and develop your professional identity in terms of attributes, beliefs, values, motives, and experiences. You will develop professional integrity and a career identity.

This module encourages you to carry out research into employability and entrepreneurship and analyse current industry practices, job roles and technical skills required in order to gain a thorough understanding of the events sector. Throughout and during the assessment process you will actively partake in transformative practice, effective review and evaluation of yourself.

Broadcast for Live Events (20 Credit Points)

Live broadcast is an essential way for events to reach audiences in new and innovative ways. From low budget streaming applications that enable content creators to reach a wider audience base instantly, through to high quality, large scale live broadcasts of global events that require detailed logistical and technical planning; the market and consumer expectation of live broadcast is huge! Consequently, this challenging working environment requires technical staff who have the ability to create solutions that meet stringent technical requirements, as well as reacting and adapting to changing conditions as they arise.

As a successful engineer, your creative use of technology in this context should ultimately meet or go beyond the expectations of the audience, consumer and client. Throughout the module you will assume relevant roles to meet client, audience, performer and broadcast expectations of live events.

There is an emphasis on understanding technology to creatively compliment an event and the aim of this module is for you to research, design and implement technical solutions relating to the live broadcast environment culminating in a broadcast event.

Event Production Investigation (40 Credit Points)

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake sustained investigation into a specific area of creative technology that builds on your previous knowledge, experience and skills acquired during levels 4 and 5. This module will allow you to explore critically a specific issue or area of personal interest within your chosen field allowing you to explore individual lines of enquiry connected to your career goals.

You will achieve this by undertaking a self initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision. 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 media industries.

The module serves to acquaint you with the key skills and practices required to undertake and complete an independent research project. The module will also enable you to understand the role of Intellectual Property (IP) in supporting the creative economy and how you can identify and legally protect your ideas and innovations. The module will offer an insight into how you can manage and license your IP and what you do if someone else uses your ideas or without your permission.

Emerging Technology (40 Credit Points)

The live events industry is a fast paced, ever-changing world and your success in industry is dependent on your ability to not only adapt to changing commercial and consumer priorities, but also to develop innovative approaches to staging live events. Therefore, this module challenges you to research, design and implement a range of emerging technologies within the live events sector in order to develop an innovative solution in response to a client brief.

Developing The Practitioner (20 Credit Points)

The aim of this module is for you to examine the range and variety of creative working methodologies in order to develop your role as an evolving practitioner. Through research and theory you will gain a highly developed conceptual understanding of contemporary live event practice. A key part of this module will be the engagement in professional training and assessed work-like experience. Briefs will be offered by ‘client’ and through practical application, the work will evolve collaboratively to produce an original and imaginative output.

Do It For Real

Industry Week

Studying at Confetti you’ll 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 include Bloodstock Festival, Michael Eavis CBE (Glastonbury Festival), Arcadia, and John Martin (tour manager for INXS, The Clash and Mark Ronson).

Student work

Our Talent Development team works closely with course leaders to link students with opportunities across the industry. Event Production students have previously worked with leading companies, such as:

  • Rough Trade
  • Metronome

As part of our London campus, we’re creating a purpose-built multi-discipline events and production space with the versatility built-in to function as a 600-capacity live venue, or a virtual production studio complete with LED volume.

Courses

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.

Career options

What roles do our graduates go on to?

  • Live sound engineer
  • Lighting designer
  • Live broadcast engineer 
  • Live video technician
  • Producer
  • Production manager 

NTU Employability support

Our support doesn’t end when you graduate. As a Confetti and NTU student you will be entitled to dedicated graduate employability support for up to three years after you complete your studies. You’ll have access to exclusive events, initiatives and work experience opportunities to support you in the early stages of your graduate career.

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