Key information:
Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU); your degree will be taught at Confetti and validated by NTU.

Duration:
One year, full-time.

Your degree will be delivered over 45 weeks between September to July

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham.

Entry & admission criteria:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, in a related subject.
  • Non-standard applicants with at least three years' industry experience are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Interview:
You'll be invited to an informal interview after you submit your application, to determine your project ideas, your fit with the course, and to discuss your aspirations.

Fees & funding:
For the latest course fees and advice on funding, visit our fees and funding page.

How to apply:
To apply for this course, you will need to complete an application through Nottingham Trent University’s Applicant Portal.

Your application will include a personal statement, and you’ll need to provide a reference. For advice about making a successful application to study this course, visit the NTU pages on how to apply.

On this hands-on Masters degree our aim is to cultivate high quality, entrepreneurially-adept graduates to work in all aspects of the event industry – and to positively influence change in the event sector.

If you have a particular specialism or project you’d like to develop, this can form the focus of your degree, whilst we’ll equip you with the knowledge, skillset and work-based experience to forge a successful career in the exciting events industry.

Why study this course?

Confetti has been running its own commercial businesses for almost 30 years. This includes a live music and events venue, Metronome; a co-working and events space, Antenna; and an esports complex, Confetti X. It’s in these commercial spaces where you’ll learn, gain valuable experience, and work alongside industry professionals who deliver events week in, week out.

Our and undergraduate postgraduate courses cover a range of subjects, including esports, film and TV, content creation, broadcasting and event production, music business, sound and performance. This creative network enables opportunities to collaborate, connect and extend your own skillset.

You’ll be paired with an industry mentor, matched to your project and/or specialism. They’ll work with you throughout your studies, acting as an external source of advice, support, contacts, and possibly employment opportunities.

It doesn’t stop there.

You’ll access Confetti Industry Week, regular guest lectures, and the chance to work at a range of external events, such as Splendour Festival. You’ll also have the opportunity to access a new event management/production company structure to help align working practices to the real working world, benefiting from Confetti and NTU’s broad array of event opportunities.

What you'll study

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. You will negotiate the context and mode of delivery of the project with your module lead, who will then supervise your work from conception through to completion. You'll also be assigned a mentor from industry to help steer your project from an inside industry perspective.

You will design and deliver the project and create accompanying reflective, critical and contextual materials. This project will encompass everything that you have learned and experienced throughout your educational, personal and professional journey. It is your time to shine, and make your mark on the industry!

This module explores your place in the event industry and will influence your future progression whether that is as a freelance practitioner, or a relevant employee within the Events sector. You will be challenged to develop bespoke business and personal identities by investigating relevant business models, strategies and practices. These investigations will contribute to the development of an output plan with a focus on personalisation and a relationship-based approach to dealing with clients in business-to-business and consumer contexts.

You will present your output plan to a panel for the chance to gain a Confetti Employability Grant to aid your next steps, and you will submit relevant supporting materials to complete your ongoing critical evaluation and review of your own personal development in preparation for launching your future career in the event industry.

The event industry is fast-paced and ever-changing. It is essential that you remain ahead of the game to ensure compliance and economic success. Legal frameworks form the backbone to all of the policies, procedures and practices in event management. You need to study their relevance and application in a variety of event scenarios.

You will investigate requirements for compliance in the participation of event company management. The module will give you insight into the economic challenges on the world stage, and how the 2 facets of event management go hand in hand.

You will demonstrate understanding in this by taking part in a professional conversation exploring the legal and economic frameworks associated with your chosen event industry sub sector. Your findings will feed into the 'Prospects and Opportunity Development' and 'Major Practical Project' modules as well as with Confetti's Event Management and Production company

Marketing is vital in contributing to the success of every live event. It is not simply a case of sending out a few Tweets and an email push anymore: To succeed, you must be innovative and reactive to change and this requires careful planning and testing to ensure currency and relevance.

You will study all of this throughout this module, and carry out practical activities to test your own marketing strategies. On completion you will evaluate these activities and report on marketing efficiencies in line with stakeholder and commercial expectations. You'll then take this work and use it to inform your proposal and design of your Major Practical Project.

You will also be able to apply these skills from within Confetti's event and production management.

Based on your experience in the Research for Creative Industries module and the resulting Proposal you will now embark on your Masters Dissertation journey which will be an independent study into your specific chosen area of interest.

You will have paths available to you to help you personalise your level 7 experience, for example a more traditional Desktop Study or a more practical Project Based approach to prepare you for an future in Industry or Doctoral study.

This module runs across multiple creative Masters degrees, enabling cross course collaboration and reflection. Throughout the module you will be scaffolded to arrive at a fully formed Proposal for your Masters Dissertation module.

At Confetti, you’ll get to learn and develop in world-class facilities that host public-facing events every week of the year.

In Metronome, you’ll find some amazing facilities, jampacked with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, and a 400-capacity venue.

With its unrivalled reputation for the quality of its sound and visuals, it’s home to a commercial programme of live events throughout the year; from music to theatre productions. It’s the perfect space to develop your skills and connect with the pros.

Providing more event experience opportunities is Confetti X; a 14,000 sqft complex kitted out with world-class facilities and technology for esports and other emerging technologies. It’s here where you’ll have the chance to work on esports tournaments and a range of corporate events.

Oh Wonder performing at Metronome, Nottingham

Industry Week

We host an annual Industry Week, the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the events 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 for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
  • Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
  • DHP - one of the UK's leading companies in the entertainment sector

The week spans the whole creative industries, so it's not just event specialists who you'll get the chance to hear from!

Check out some past talks OnDemand here

The three key approaches to learning and teaching for this course are:

  • Active collaborative learning
  • Learning through research
  • Blended learning

You'll learn through workshops, lectures, small group and one-to-one tutoring designed to help you develop the practical and thinking skills that you'll need when you embark on a career in events and entertainment industries.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including:

  • Written assignments
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Creative outputs/production
  • Portfolio

 

Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge, experience and important connections to enter the events and entertainment industries.

You'll graduate with the skillset to design and deliver a range of events, from weddings and corporate events, right through to large-scale outdoor festivals and live events.

Roles include:

  • Event manager
  • Freelance event designer
  • Event business owner
  • Marketing and events co-ordinator
  • Event planner
  • Project manager

Open Days

Wednesday 23 November
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