Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU); your degree will be taught at Confetti and validated by NTU.
One year, full-time.
Your degree will be delivered over 45 weeks between September to July.
- 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.
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 NTU’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 Masters degree you’ll be able to put theory into practice by developing your very own personal projects and ideas as part of the course, using the Confetti infrastructure and industry mentors to steer your career to the next stage.
Why study this course?
Confetti has been running its own commercial businesses for almost 30 years, which includes a live music and events venue, Metronome. Through these businesses, you’ll have access to amazing facilities and industry professionals working in the music and events industries.
You'll have the unique opportunity to take a leading role running our very own record label, Denizen Records, and collaborate with students studying courses in music performance, sound, production, and events.
At the start of your degree 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.
Supporting your industry knowledge, we’ll provide you with regular guest lectures and the chance to experience Confetti Industry Week; the largest of its kind in the UK.
What you'll study
This module will equip you to understand key components of, and issues within the global music industry. You will examine current and emerging structures, processes and trends through an international lens and will enable you to identify opportunities for your own activities the world over.
You'll examine broader contextual issues within the modern music industry and look ahead to the future, analysing and proposing solutions to problems such as gender imbalance, the ethics of operations and sustainability whilst predicting where key music industry infrastructures and relationships might go next. You will examine where your own practice fits in whether as a freelancer, sole trader, partner, Limited Company or employee allowing you to understand how you can positively impact the future of the industry
Understanding and applying appropriate legal frameworks protects you, the business you run and the artists you work with but they also allow you to monetize the art. In this module you will recognise danger areas, analyse copyright, IP, contracts and other relevant legal structures and apply them to your related activities over the years outputs: importantly, all of your music business activities in and out of your course can be fed into your portfolio for assessment making the module centrally relevant and vocationally applicable to you as an emerging professional.
You will have the option to apply your legal skills to real life projects within Confetti's working record label and publishing company, Denizen.
Whether you're running a label, self-releasing music, putting on a tour or planning on joining an established music business of any scale, music and marketing go hand in hand. During this module you will analyse and practice the theoretical and practical skills needed to arm you to make sure whatever you do, the right people will know about it! Whether it's the psychology behind customer behaviour, market research or analysis of data you'll have the knowledge to apply with the graphic design, photography, filming and editing skills you will gain and develop.
The Content Creation Boot Camp will boost your practical asset creation skills to empower you to create innovative marketing content throughout your course and beyond. As with your other modules, we know you may be working on many music related projects outside of your course: you'll be able to feed all you learn into those projects and what you learn from those into your Creative Entrepreneurial Approaches Module.
You will have the option to employ your marketing skills within Confetti's very own working record label and publishing company, Denizen on real life campaigns too.
This module is designed to reflect the interdisciplinary collaborative and entrepreneurial nature of music sector working practices. You will critically examine the current music sector practices most applicable to your own journey as a music industry professional, whether that's as an employee, a business owner, or a freelancer with one or more business activities: you'll look for your place in the sector and work towards finding a home there during your studies.
You'll work on relevant real life projects and these will provide you with the opportunity to examine key music sectors, industry stakeholders, and critically examine the work environment to identify relevant professional opportunities to support your development to give you the best chance to thrive. You will have an assigned mentor from industry to give you a vital insiders perspective, and you will also have the opportunity to work for and with Confetti's own label and publishing arm Denizen.
You will ultimately form an output plan and will pitch for a 'Confetti Employability Grant' to help you on your next steps.
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.
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.
Confetti Industry Week is the biggest of its kind in the UK, 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 for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
- Susan Rogers - with Prince and the Jacksons
- Tom Visconti - worked with David Bowie
- Piers Aggett - Rudimental
- Nick Raphael – President of Capitol Records who signed Sam Smith
- Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
- Sylvia Massy - worked with Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince and Rick Rubin
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
- Online or Blended learning
You will participate in workshops, lectures, small group and one-to-one tutoring designed to help you develop the practical and thinking skills that you will need in your chosen career. There is also a collaborative project along with online practice supporting portfolio development.
You will be assessed in a number of ways, including:
- Written Assignments
- Creative outputs/production
Formative assessment is what we call the opportunities you have to produce and get feedback on work that will help you to prepare to complete your summative formal assessment. There are specific named activities in your assessment and feedback plan which you will be asked to complete and submit for feedback. Additionally, peer, class and individual feedback on your ongoing work is formative.
Assessment tasks are designed to challenge you over the year to increasingly demonstrate your own creativity, reflect your own interests and include independent research.
Graduates will be equipped to take up roles working for/with record labels, publishers, venues, distributors, digital aggregators, artist manager, tour manager, marketing and comms, catalogue manager or setting up their own music related business.