Duration:
2 years full-time for FdSc

Upon successful completion of this course you'll have the option to join our BSc (Hons) Live and Technical Events and top up to a Level 6 qualification.

Location: 
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code: 
J930

Institution code:
N91

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE - English and Maths Grade C / 4
    We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.
  • 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 cutting-edge course will give you the opportunity to study in a real-world live event venue, training with professionals and working with industry-standard hardware and software. By the end of the course you’ll have gained the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills you need to work successfully within the technical events industry.

You’ll learn a broad range of disciplines within the live and technical events sector including:

  • Lighting and stage design
  • Live sound reinforcement
  • Sound theory and acoustics
  • Electrical principles
  • Equipment maintenance and repair
  • Visual effects and pyrotechnics
  • Live event planning

Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, classroom sessions, seminars and tutorials. Practical workshops take place in our live event production space, giving you a significant amount of regular, weekly hands-on practical time. During these sessions you’ll develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.

Our live events students are regularly out working on productions at venues across the region, including:

  • Nottingham Splendour Festival
  • Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • The Hockley Hustle Festival
  • The Bodega
  • National Videogame Arcade
  • Nottingham Castle

There is a varied range of assessment methods throughout the course, which includes:

  • practical observations
  • portfolio work
  • technical reports
  • critical evaluations
  • visual and verbal presentations

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)

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

Our students have the opportunity to work every year at Nottingham's biggest music festival - Splendour, alongside some of the biggest name in music.

A two year Foundation degree is a great choice if you want to have the option to graduate with a Level 5 qualification and start your creative career early. With an accessible UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more practical approach to your studies. After completing two years you will graduate with an FdSc/FdA qualification and choose whether you want to continue and enroll on a top up year for a full BSc qualification or whether you would rather stop your education and start your creative career.

Topping up your existing qualification

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 of the equivalent BSc degree to ‘top up’ to a full honours degree.

What you'll study in year 1

Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies used in the industry to enhance audience experience and in supporting performance at live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, as well as their underlying scientific principles. You’ll study the use of general and intelligent lighting fixtures from manufacturers including Chauvet, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control network hardware.

In this module, you’ll develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of sound technology. You’ll study the physical properties of sound, investigating sound wave propagation (frequency, wavelength, and velocity), decibel calculations and their application in sound reinforcement, as well as important health & safety considerations.

An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental for anyone working in a technical role within the live events sector. 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 industry standards and practices.

Working in the live events industry requires an awareness of the huge range of job roles and career paths, alongside an awareness of the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have shaped the live events sector. During this module, you’ll be encouraged to carry out research in the industry, analysing current industry trends and legislation. You'll also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in real project briefs within the local live events industry.

What you'll study in year 2

During this module, you’ll examine the advanced functionality of lighting control systems and instruments. You’ll develop a better understanding of the scientific principles behind lighting for live events and you’ll put these skills into practice, creating the lighting package for a large UK festival.

In this follow-on module, you’ll increase your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology. You’ll 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.

During this part of the course, you’ll learn about the key technologies associated with visual effects (VFX) in a live events context. Core areas of study include the design and implementation of VFX, such as projection mapping, LED video wall technology and live vision mixing and video manipulation. You'll also learn about the safety and use of pyrotechnics with real hands-on experience.

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.

On this course, you'll have access to our brand new world class Contemporary Music & Events Hub

  • A custom-built live production workshop
  • Digital and analogue live sound consoles
  • 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 and software from Avolites and MA
  • A range of intelligent and generic lighting fixtures from Chauvet
  • Chauvet LED video wall
  • Avid Pro Tools based live sound recording rigs

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

As a live events degree student, you’ll take part in Industry Week – a unique event that brings top names from the creative industries to Confetti for workshops, masterclasses, lectures and seminars. From event organisers to stage managers, Industry Week is your chance to be inspired, make contacts and learn from the pros. Our students have had the opportunity to meet and receive advice from established names, such as Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis and artists, such as Professor Green and Will Kennard.

Our live events students not only get to attend the talks, but they’re also running all of the lights, sound and staging for all of the events throughout Industry Week, adding a list of production credits to their CV.

Confetti’s Head of Talent Development works closely with the course, linking students with opportunities across the local and regional music industry. Working on live projects throughout the course will help you gain industry experience, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV – making sure you’re ready for a career in the creative industries after graduation.

Our live events students are regularly out working on productions at venues across the region, including:

  • Nottingham Splendour Festival
  • Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • The Hockley Hustle Festival
  • The Bodega
  • National Videogame Arcade
  • Nottingham Castle

Continue your studies

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Live and Technical Events to gain a full BSc qualification.

Future careers

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

  • Lighting design
  • Sound engineering
  • Live video technology installation and operation - including LED video screens and projection mapping

All of the above may find you working in live music, theatre, festivals or corporate events in the UK or touring overseas.

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