3 years full-time for BSc (Hons)
Direct entry into year 2 or 3 available with previous HND/FdSc
UCAS course 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.
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All course specific software and hardware is accessible on site. However, there are some equipment that you will need to invest in to support your study and help you as you begin your career in the live events industry.
Confetti will supply you with an appropriate hard-hat and reflective jacket when working on sites that require such PPE. You will, however, be expected to provide your own suitable, protective footwear – ie Steel toe-capped shoes or boots. We can make recommendations for where to purchase these at the start of the course. You can expect to spend anything between £20 and £100 depending on your choice of styling and comfort requirements.
You will need to purchase your own basic maintenance too kit.
Suggested key items are:
• Basic self-ranging multi function electrical testing meter
• Insulated side cutters
• Sniper nose pliers
• Bull nose pliers
• Electrician screwdriver set.
• Electrical soldering iron
• Insulated 500v electricians work gloves
A kit of this type can cost between £50 and £150 depending on the quality you choose to buy. We can offer advice on these at the start of the course.
You should budget for a high-speed, high-capacity USB3 memory stick for transferring data between computers and devices. Prices range between £10 and £30 depending on capacity.
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.
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.
For those wanting to forge an exciting career in the live event production industry, Confetti is the place to study.
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
Just like the professionals working in the live event industry, you’ll use PA systems from manufacturers including L’Accoustic, Nexo, and EV; lighting technology from Martin, Robe, Clay Paky and Chauvet; and digital and mixing consoles by DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, and
You’ll get countless opportunities to add to your portfolio, both at Confetti and through external projects and events. From working in our live events venue and corporate events at our partner Nottingham Trent University, to external venues such as Rough Trade and outdoor festivals including Splendour Festival and Dot to Dot.
Teaching and learning will take place in a custom-built live events production space and a range of bespoke IT suites and classrooms. You will learn on industry-standard equipment with training from experts in the field of live audio, lighting and live video production.
The aim is to further develop your practical, technical and critical thinking skills and to work on the appropriate deployment of analysis and enquiry techniques associated with the Live Events industry, whilst working on a combination of controlled, in-house activities and real-world client projects. Through carefully designed modules, you will enhance your digital skills and competencies in line with the NTU digital framework – including development of ICT and media literacy, digital communication and collaboration.
Classes will be a mixture of technical lectures and practical workshops where you will explore the core scientific and mathematical principles of the module subject areas. You will be expected to manage your own learning into areas of study that are of particular interest to you, making use of scholarly reviews and primary resources.
You will receive continual 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.
Summative feedback provides you with an overarching review of your achievements set against the learning outcomes for a module. Formal summative feedback occurs at the end of each assignment.
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 FdSc, HND or equivalent you can join this BSc 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 FdSc 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
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.
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
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.
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.
What you'll study in year 2
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.
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.
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.
What you'll study in your final year
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will attend a series of practical workshops and seminars, the purpose of which will be to expand and challenge pre-existing ideas and perspectives. The brief will be initially offered by the ‘client’ and through practical application, the work will evolve collaboratively to produce an original and imaginative event or series of events. At specific points during the process you will be expected to present your evolving concept with the justification of theoretical research which will inform the assessment procedure.
Study Event Production with us and you'll learn in our very own live music and events venue, Metronome.
With its unrivalled reputation for the quality of its sound and visuals, Metronome hosts a successful commercial programme of live events throughout the year – and it’s here where you’ll learn from the best and gain real work experience.
This world-class venue is home to some amazing facilities, jampacked with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, and a 400-capacity venue.
Event production equipment include:
- A range of PA systems from manufacturers, including L'Acoustic, Nexo and EV
- Digital and analogue mixing consoles from manufacturers including Digico, Allen & Heath and Midas
- 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 from Avolites and MA
- A range of generic and moving lighting technology from Clay Paky, Martin and Robe and Chauvet
- Mobile recording rigs
Each year we shine the spotlight on an artist or band, supporting them with the recording, release and promotion of the Confetti Single. Our Live and Technical Events students stage and crew the releases, which are broadcast live from Metronome.
It's not just music that we deliver at Confetti.
Take a look at some of the inspiring work our degree students from across all our creative subjects create each year.
If you want to do more than just study a qualification, ‘Do It For Real’ at Confetti. This is our commitment to all our students to provide real, creative, hands-on experience in their chosen specialism whilst accessing the best facilities.
Metronome is a national centre for music, moving image, video games, live performance and spoken word - and it's part of Confetti. Our students have access to state-of-the-art studios within Metronome, as well as the 400-capacity venue where free student membership gets you exclusive ticket deals and offers.
Our students get countless opportunities to crew live events across Nottingham, like BBC Introducing at Metronome, Splendour Festival, Hockley Hustle and Confetti’s Degree Showcase amongst others.
Throughout the year, students are able to attend talks and events, and work on projects with visiting industry experts.
We also hold an annual Industry Week, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.
Past Industry Week guests have included:
- Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
- Kim Hawes – Tour manager
- Sylvia Massy - Audio expert
- Trevor Plunkett - Tour manager
- Bryony October - Sound engineer
- David Wolstenholme & Dominic Smith - Lighting designers
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Our Events students get the chance to work at Splendour - one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the UK.
At each festival over 100 students from across a number of courses join professional crews producing, staging and filming the performances.
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.
Work hard and take your opportunities, and you’ll leave with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed for a successful career in the live events sector.
Roles such as live sound engineer, lighting designer, live broadcast engineer and live video technician are all positions which may find you working in live music, theatre, festivals or corporate events within the UK and beyond.