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:
- 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.
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.
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.
If you want to be the next director, floor manager, documentary filmmaker or if you want to produce the next big Netflix drama then this is the degree for you. The course will equip you with the skills required to work across a variety of roles within the TV and video production process, giving you breadth of experience whilst developing a specific area of expertise, with a strong portfolio of work.
This unique three-year programme provides you with the opportunity to study the art and science of TV production alongside local television station Notts TV. This gives you the opportunity to graduate with a range of broadcast credits on your CV, enhancing your employability in the TV industry.
You’ll learn how to develop and produce content in an industry-standard TV studio and gallery working with the best equipment to produce work in a range of genres such as online video (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime), entertainment, live events, and documentary.
You’ll also develop the skills and abilities required to shoot and record content on location when working with camera, lighting and audio equipment. You’ll study how to edit video and audio together using industry-standard software, including Avid Media Composer and the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as exploring the art of motion graphics, colour correction and soundtrack production.
- Enhance your employability by developing your Imdb profile with broadcast credits earned working on Notts TV
- Gain valuable work experience every week on Notts TV and allow your work to reach a global audience
- Learn from world class visiting guest lecturers (past guests have included Shane Meadows, Nick Broomfield and Vicky McClure)
- Have your work entered into the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards
- Film live sporting events and gigs at some of Nottingham’s most prestigious venues helping you develop a world class portfolio of work
- Experience television production in different countries with exciting overseas trips
- Collaborate on real world projects with your peers and professionals in this exciting and fast moving industry
- Deliver content across multiple platforms and devices
- Exhibit your final year’s work at the Confetti Degree Show and be eligible for a paid internship
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;
- Group tutorials
- Academic Tutorials (ATs)
- Presentations and Pitches
- Team working
- Independent learning
- Visiting industry professionals
93% of our degree students would recommend studying at Confetti to others. (National Student Survey 2020)
Our TV students have the chance to go on exciting and enriching trips - recently, a group visited the BBC where they enjoyed a studio tour and masterclass on how to produce a live broadcast.
What our current students think
Advice from our alumni
"Confetti provide all of the industry-standard software, and help direct you on a career path if you haven’t yet decided. The tutors are very helpful and it is a great atmosphere to learn in."
Assessments for each module place an emphasis on portfolio building and each portfolio for each module will contain a range of evidence such as practical work, production management evidence, reflection, evaluation, research projects, presentations and written work.
Each assessment undertaken will enable you to experience a variety of technological roles within Television Production whilst enabling you to experience industry standard working practices and software. The varied assessment tasks have been designed to prepare you for the range of skills you require to work in the global television industry.
Assessment is clearly defined in module specifications and module guides. Informal formative feedback is provided in tutorials, seminars and individual surgery sessions or via online methods. You will receive formal formative feedback about your work written in response to the learning outcomes during the module at appropriate points, i.e. when you are best placed to be able to act on that feedback.
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
Being able to understand the capabilities and scientific principles of broadcast technologies is essential for those working in the television industry. This module will allow you to explore the technical theory involved in camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting whilst developing your technical and craft skills working with equipment to achieve a broadcast quality to your work.
In this module you will study the technology, principles, techniques and workflow required to produce content for broadcast in a studio environment. You will gain valuable knowledge through experiencing a range of production roles within the broadcast studio environment to enhance your understanding of this career path. You will then put this theory in to practice, working to the correct health and safety regulations, in the production of your own live production.
Pre-production is the starting point for any live studio production. The ability to undertake meticulous project planning is essential if you are to create successful content. During this module you will learn about the different stages of broadcast studio project management such as risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting, working with scripts and scheduling. You will then work in small groups to project manage the technical requirements of a broadcast studio production demonstrating a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry and in particular broadcast studio production.
Technological changes in television post-production have seen a shift from linear tape based editing to digital non-linear editing, this module will explore the advances in technology responsible for this shift in television post-production workflow. Furthermore you’ll also develop the skills required to operate industry-standard audio and video post-production software used to create, manipulate, and distribute content for television in both offline and online environments.
Throughout this module you’ll study the historical development of broadcast technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You’ll be given the opportunity to compare broadcast technologies past and present, in order to assess the impact technology has had and continues to have on the changes in television production, distribution and access.
What you'll study in year 2
The technical requirements for producing content for television have become more complex with the advent of digital technology and developments in specialist equipment in the production environment. Within this module you’ll examine the engineering capabilities of specialist equipment used in the television industry and develop skills operating a range of specialist camera equipment in order to shoot more complex sequences. You’ll also explore and learn to perform the role of the digital imaging technician to ensure cameras are able to achieve their optimum performance in a given scenario.
The advent of digital technology has witnessed the emergence of multiple viewing platforms for audiences to access a range of content made for television. Content producers have used this to their advantage with the synchronisation of television programmes with second screen content to further enhance the audiences viewing experience. Within this module you’ll learn to prepare and distribute audio-visual content to audiences via multiple platforms adhering to the correct technical requirements. You’ll also need to develop more advanced skills in the areas of post-production such as grading, colour correction, audio dubbing and mixing. You’ll work with an industry partner or client to deliver an edit for multiple platforms working to the correct technical specifications.
This module focuses on developing academic research skills which will enable you to plan content for a documentary production. You’ll be expected to research appropriate markets to inform the development and production of your own documentary to be entered into a relevant and well justified documentary festival. Working under the guidance of an industry partner you’ll undertake the pre-production, of your own documentary, ensuring that the correct health and safety regulations are fully considered. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgments in the planning of your production and demonstrate the ability to problem solve.
During this module you’ll be expected to apply the skills of both the journalist and the filmmaker in the production of your own documentary for television. You’ll need to adhere to the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that govern this area of television production whilst working with appropriate technologies to produce a documentary that meets broadcast standards and adheres to the codes and conventions of the genre. You’ll need to select appropriate technologies to use during the filming of the content for your documentary.
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
This module focuses on the advanced technical knowledge required to operate television studio technologies in order to produce broadcast content for television. Working in a professional broadcast television studio you’ll apply the technology, principles and workflow required to operate and maintain a range of equipment in a television studio whilst working to the correct health and safety regulations. You’ll need to demonstrate the ability to work proficiently in a specific role and be able to work as part of a production team to produce appropriate content for broadcast.
This module introduces you to the broadcast systems that deliver programme content on location utilising outside broadcast technologies. This includes providing, operating and maintaining all the technical systems used on an outside broadcast, such as power systems, communications, satellite links and radio cameras. You’ll be taught about the different aspects of this complex technical live production environment and be given the opportunity to experience and work on outside broadcasts. This is a unique opportunity for you to gain the professional skills, knowledge and experience necessary to gain employment in an ever-expanding industry, where understanding of the latest developments in technology and delivery platforms is paramount.
This module introduces you to the broadcast technology workflows concerning global content creation and data exchange in relation the television industry. With the ever-increasing need to exchange vast amounts of content within and across boundaries there is the increasing emphasis on a set of common standards and specifications to ensure compatibility between broadcasters and independent producers. The module will teach you how to work with different types of data and deliver content to the correct technical specifications using industry-standard practice and processes. You’ll also be introduced to the concepts of a global production and post-production marketplace made possible by internet-led tools and services that is transforming the content creation process which in turn is creating new relationships between customers and suppliers.
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.
On this course you’ll study at Space2 - our film & TV hub. You’ll have access to:
- Industry-standard cameras from Sony and Blackmagic
- 25 seat media production lab running Avid and Adobe Creative Cloud
- 25 seat screening room
- 37m2 green screen VFX studio with VFX infinity curve screen
- 144m2 studio space with industry-standard digital video cameras and full lighting rig
- Broadcast spec production gallery with 4K production facilities
Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.
Our students documented the entire event through filming and photography, and some worked with our industry partner Notts TV to film and record all of the backstage action.
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 local and regional film and TV industries.
Confetti participates enthusiastically in the life of Nottingham. One of the key ways in which we do that is through Notts TV. Launched in 2014, we’re proud to have received 17 Royal Television Society award nominations in our short time on the airwaves. Every single day, NTU and Confetti students work alongside professional broadcasters to create news, sport, factual and lifestyle programming. Every single week this amasses over twenty hours of original content, thousands upon thousands of hours since launch.
This unrivalled opportunity to ‘Do it for Real’ in the fast-moving and hungry environment of live television is the perfect training ground. As you’d expect, this is borne out in the numbers of our graduates who go on to work in the industry. You can see them today on Sky, ITV and the BBC as well as many others – have a look at some of our alumni profiles to see what they’re up to now.
52 Notts TV pathway graduates now work for major broadcasters including Sky, the BBC and ITV.
We also hold an annual Industry Week, where guest speakers and mentors from the film and TV industries 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:
- BAFTA-nominated actor Stephen Graham
- Director Shane Meadows
- Actor Noel Clarke
- TV Producer Russel.T.Davies
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:
- Camera operator
- Camera assistant
- Edit assistant
- Colour grader
- Auto cue operator
- Vision mixer
- Floor runner
Previous students are working at companies, such as:
- Sky Sports
- The Football Association