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, Nottingham

  • 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., such as Technical Theatre, Technical Events, Live Sound, Event Production, BSc Audio and/or Sound related, any degree with 'Lights' or 'Live Broadcast' in the title
  • If you do not hold a relevant degree, you should include a link to related industry assets you have been involved in making: eg recordings or gigs, lighting designs, video mapping documentation and links to commercial work if available. Write a short statement on the techniques you used to create them.
  • 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 may be determined by means of an interview for some applicants.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course and a summary of your experience of live sound, lighting design and/or operation, live video broadcast. Please also detail any experience of organising people or relevant projects.

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.

  • 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., such as Technical Theatre, Technical Events, Live Sound, Event Production, BSc Audio and/or Sound related, any degree with 'Lights' or 'Live Broadcast' in the title
  • If you do not hold a relevant degree, you should include a link to related industry assets you have been involved in making: eg recordings or gigs, lighting designs, video mapping documentation and links to commercial work if available. Write a short statement on the techniques you used to create them.

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course and a summary of your experience of live sound, lighting design and/or operation, live video broadcast. Please also detail any experience of organising people or relevant projects.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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

We offer a 20% discount to most current Confetti and Nottingham Trent University students, and recent alumni. 

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.

As the entertainment industry grows, the technology and infrastructure that support it become increasingly complex and challenging. If you are interested in building upon your existing knowledge, pushing boundaries, developing new ideas and ways of working, then an MSc will help you make a mark in this exciting and incredibly employable field.

The key aim is to cultivate high quality, entrepreneurially adept graduates to work in the Event Production industries from a portfolio career grass roots level to more structured established company environments. Students will be well placed for the real world of work in this exciting sector.

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 and 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

You will be required to undertake postgraduate level research and investigation in all aspects of your masters study and you will be exposed to a multitude of level 7 research skills and frameworks.

You'll evaluate the most appropriate methods and apply them to a given research project. 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.

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 a future in industry or doctoral study.

This module has been designed to help you explore, and reflect on, the operational practices of the event production industry. You will engage in a critical evaluation of the prevailing methods of operation that are most relevant to your own journey as an event production professional, regardless of whether you are an employee, a business owner, or a freelancer.

Throughout your studies, you will explore your position within the industry and work towards establishing a career by creating and refining outward-facing portfolio assets and employability skills appropriate to your own personal journey.

You will undertake a critical analysis of the employment landscape to help you identify pertinent professional prospects that can support your growth and provide you with the best opportunities for success. By utilising self-sourced or industry-supplied projects, you will hone your technical and professional abilities, gaining insight into the requirements of the event production sector and preparing for a sustainable career.

During the 'Practice' module, you will explore and experiment with various related skills and incorporate the relevant outcomes into your work-facing portfolio. Additionally, you will be paired with a mentor from the industry who will offer support and valuable insider perspectives.

Ultimately, you will develop an output plan and pitch for a 'Confetti Employability Grant' to assist you in taking the next steps in your career.

Welcome to your Event Production playground module! This is where you will have the opportunity to explore established and emerging theories, practices, technologies, and skills in the event production industry.

This industry relies on teamwork to bring projects to life, whether it be sound system designs, communication networks, lighting plots, video content or broadcast capability: all are essential elements that need to be considered and implemented for a successful event.

You will have the chance to work as part of a team on projects such as the repurposing of unused buildings as performance spaces or multi-space broadcast, or the design, planning, and application of technical infrastructure in live event scenarios. By doing so, you will develop valuable interpersonal skills that will enable you to lead and be led on real-world projects, honing these skills throughout your academic journey.

In addition to that, you will also have the opportunity to explore how to apply your existing skills in related fields through a series of workshops and projects, such as mapping your live sound mixing ability to event broadcast or applying your lighting design skills to video mapping.

By experimenting with related competencies, you will enhance your employability across the event production sector and personalise these transferable skills to enhance what makes you unique. The key element to this module is engaging with process, and reflecting on your role in that process, actively honing your skills and knowledge related to your intended employability journey which can then be used in your 'Creative Entrepreneurial Approaches' module, to showcase you, at your very best.

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.

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 work in roles, such as audio system design, venue design, live engineers, lighting system design and operation, technical tour support, video mappers, live engineers, broadcast engineers, and technical solutions manager.

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