3 years full-time for BSc (Hons)
Direct entry into year 2 or 3 available with previous HND/FdSc
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham
UCAS course code:
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 international applicants requiring a Student visa.
Please note: This course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Student visa sponsorship. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Student visa. If you require advice on alternative courses please contact our international team.
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.
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.
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.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
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.
Basic Maintenance Kit
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.
Computer equipment / applications
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
On this three-year degree, you’ll learn and explore the technology that goes into live event production. This course is delivered at our new music & live events hub - Metronome.
You’ll be taught by well-connected industry professionals with extensive experience of live sound, lighting, video technology installation and operation and production management. During the course, all students will have the opportunity to undertake real event work experience, which supports the modules being studied.
You’ll develop technical skills, knowledge and experience essential to the live production industry that will set you on a path for a career in live events.
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 400-capacity live venue, and a 93m2 events production workshop space, as well as PA systems from manufacturers, including Nexo and EV and a range of generic and moving lighting technology from Chauvet.
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.
93% of our degree students would recommend studying at Confetti to others. (National Student Survey 2020)
What our current students think
Advice from our alumni
"Confetti was excellent at supporting my growth personally and professionally. The tutors were committed to creating a supportive learning environment, so I always felt able to ask questions and take my time."
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 in live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, and their underlying scientific principles. You’ll 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 network hardware. You’ll investigate current health and safety legislation and implement practical skills during industry practice focused workshops and live events. You’ll also gain knowledge of the historical developments in stage and lighting technology and how that informs current industry standards and working practices.
During this module you’ll develop a body of work that demonstrates your developing practice with a range of industry-standard sound reinforcement equipment. You’ll study the historical development of sound reinforcement practices and technology, whilst also honing your practical and critical listening skills. You’ll work both individually and collaboratively on projects in work-related sessions which will closely mimic real-world sound reinforcement settings.
An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental to anyone working within technical roles within the live events sector. It’s 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 audio visual systems. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate recognised industry standards and practices.
Working in the live events industry requires an awareness of the various types of job roles and career paths, alongside an awareness of the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have helped shape the live events sector. This module encourages you to carry out research into the live events industry and analyse current industry trends and legislation, in order to gain a thorough understanding of your chosen industry. You’ll also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in basic work-related activities within the live events industry.
What you'll study in year 2
This module follows on from the first year introductory module. In this module, you’ll examine advanced functionality of lighting control systems and instruments. Detailed study and practical application of relevant principles will take place to enable you to develop a thorough understanding of the scientific principles of lighting for live events. Operation skills in lighting for performance will be developed using industry-standard equipment. In addition, lighting presentations will be carried out in virtually simulated performance and industry settings. You’ll work towards practical activities such as rigging, focusing, working at height and front of house operations with a high level of skill, ready to enter professional roles in the industry.
In this follow on module, students will further their knowledge of sound theory and audio technology. Students will 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. This module also has a strong emphasis on practical live sound engineering skills, and students will have the opportunity to develop and hone their skills in the live sound environment using industry-standard software and hardware.
During this module students will learn about the key technologies associated with visual effects in a live events context. Core areas of study will include; the design and implementation of visual effects, e.g. projection mapping, vision mixing and their associated technologies. Students will also investigate the practical application of visual effects technology and critically analyse its role alongside other forms of media in live events.
During this module you’ll 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
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, commercially relevant, live event experience in response to a client brief.
Throughout the module you’re expected, ultimately, to develop a creative approach to the staging of the event, and wherever possible you’re encouraged to take a multidisciplinary approach through collaborating with your peers in other disciplines (e.g. video, visual effects, music production).
A growing number of events markets are utilising live broadcast technologies 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 growing rapidly. 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.
The aim of this module is for you to research, design and implement technical solutions relating to live broadcast. Throughout the module you’ll work as a team to meet client, audience, performer and broadcast expectations of live events.
There is an emphasis on understanding technology to creatively compliment an event. While the module has broadcast requirements there will be collaboration with other courses for the camera work and filming. The expectation is to provide the audio mixes for broadcast, performers and audience and to create suitable visuals for the event that equally meet the requirements for filming.
Live productions and music performances are some of the most complex and resource intensive events within the live events industry. In this module you’ll develop the knowledge and understanding of the requirements to plan, manage and advance live events and productions. You’ll examine theories and practices in event planning and logistics, ranging from small-scale local and national events, through to large-scale global events.
Throughout the module you’ll explore and evaluate central themes around the economic and environmental sustainability of a live event, such as considerations for transport, power, waste and recycling. The module also encourages you to examine the wider community and cultural impact of production planning, as well as engaging in discourse around ethical working practices and supply chains. Ultimately, the module challenges you to develop a positive attitude to production planning, sustainability, risk management and problem solving, through creative and innovative thinking.
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’ll achieve this by undertaking a self-initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision.
As part of this investigation you’ll 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 independent project research and to create practical creative media technology products as a response.
Studying and working in Metronome, you'll have access to some of the best facilities in the UK.
- 400 capacity live event venue
- 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
On a recent visit to Metronome, Jools Holland OBE commented:
“I am honestly amazed at the mind bogglingly brilliant facilities you have here. The studios I have seen are better than any I have seen anywhere. And the students I met were so engaged because they love what they do. They have such great opportunities. I haven’t seen anything like this before and I am sure this place will soon be on the global map.”
Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.
Our Technical Events students spent the time before the big day setting up the stage lighting, sound and controlled the behind-the-scenes technology. All were busy setting up, helping run and recording each stage, including the Acoustic Rooms and Comedy stage from start to finish. Some were assisting with the production of each stage whilst some were liaising with artists and assisting Notts TV with interviews and content creation on the main stage.
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.
Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the music industry. Have a read of one of our alumnus’ story and how studying at Confetti helped her land a job in the live and technical events industry.
Our students have the opportunity to crew for a number of live events across Nottingham, like BBC Introducing at Metronome, Splendour Festival, Hockley Hustle and Confetti’s Degree Showcase amongst others.
During a visit in 2019, Jools Holland described the facilities as “mind bogglingly brilliant”, before going onto say “The studios I have seen are better than any I have seen anywhere”. Have a look at the facilities on our website.
Throughout the year, students are able to attend talks and events, and work on projects with visiting industry experts. In 2019, a group of students helped crew the Television Workshop’s production of Wendy and Peter Pan at Metronome – and did a fantastic job.
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
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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:
- Live sound engineer
- Lighting designer/operator for live events
- Production manager
- Live broadcast engineer
- Live video technician/operator
All of the above may find you working in live music, theatre, festivals or corporate events in the UK or touring overseas.