2 years full-time
- 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)* including English and maths
- An appreciation of and a passion for live events with a level of practical experience and/ or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area
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Introduction to the course
On this college course you'll learn the ins and outs of the live events industry; from PA systems and rigging, lighting equipment to advanced techniques in stage lighting, as well as recording, mixing, how to work as a guitar tech/roadie and stage management.
You’ll also gain experience in event planning, production management and event theory, providing you with the skills to not only work on an event as a technician, but also be part of organising and running events. Your skills will be put into practice on your own events and productions and you will have the opportunity to work at some of the East Midlands’ largest festivals and events.
100% of students are satisfied with the course (QDP Student Survey Results 2019)
- Live sound and lighting techniques
- Events management and marketing
- Music production techniques
- How to set up real industry gigs & performances
- How to succeed in the music and events industry
Our students are given the opportunity to go on some exciting trips, like a great visit to PLASA - a huge trade show for the Live and Technical Events Industry.
What you'll study
You’ll be introduced to the technology used in the events industry. This includes live sound techniques and how to set up a PA system for a live performance. You’ll also receive an introduction to the events industry and study the variety of roles available.
You’ll be introduced to the world of event lighting, learn to rig lighting equipment and also how to plan a basic lighting show. As well as being introduced to lighting techniques, you’ll spend time in the recording studio and work with session musicians, learning how to record and mix audio.
This term you’ll be working towards your own staged event. You’ll pull together your own production team and develop an understanding of the production roles within the industry. You’ll also learn basic staging and set-up techniques in a professional venue. Later in the term you’ll study advanced stage lighting techniques.
This term focuses on advanced production techniques that lead to running Confetti’s main student event of the year, The Confetti Christmas Party. This event is held at a large venue in Nottingham and will allow you to experience large sound and lighting consoles in a professional environment. You’ll also showcase your creative flair by using your newly learnt VJ skills in a visual performance that’ll accompany the show.
During this term you’ll be working as part of a professional production team for a show at a large venue in Nottingham. This will include practical experience on the latest audio and lighting equipment and experience setting up staging systems with on-site engineers.
In the final term you’ll be studying the specialist area of the events industry that you see yourself working in. You’ll have access to working professionals within the industry that’ll support you throughout this process. The course finale is your experience working on the Splendour Festival. You’ll have exclusive access to the Confetti stage, working alongside professionals for the entire event.
On this course you’ll have access to:
- Confetti’s brand new Contemporary Music & Events Hub
- Professional MIDAS 32 channel analogue mixing console
- 2 Behringer X32 professional digital consoles
- 2 x full range PA systems, with stage monitoring
- Full lighting rig with intelligent moving head fixtures, rigging systems and professional Avolites Console
Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our college students. This year, in light of the current restrictions, we’ve taken this showcase online.
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.
As a live events degree student, you’ll take part in Confetti’s 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, tour manager Trevor Plunkett, Michael Eavis and artists, such as Professor Green, Will Kennard and Rudimental's Piers Aggett.
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Continue your studies
Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your college course. Choose to continue your studies on our range of foundation and full honours degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:
- Live sound engineer
- Backline technician/roadie
- Lighting engineer/designer
- Stage manager/tour manager
- Venue manager