Nottingham Trent University to launch London campus
One of the UK’s most popular universities, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), will expand into London in 2023 with the creation of a new campus dedicated to delivering pioneering creative education aligned to the entertainment industries.
This development enhances considerably NTU’s capacity to support social mobility as a growing generation of young people in London and South-East look to enter vocational education to launch them into their careers.
The campus will be based around an expansion of NTU’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, located in Whitechapel, London’s centre for the creative industries.
Students looking to forge a future in the entertainment industries will be able to study hands-on courses in performance, production and business for the music industries, event management, and emerging technologies such as esports, virtual production, and content creation. Courses will be open to both UK and international students, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications available.
Confetti has delivered leading edge creative industry education since 1994, whilst creating a unique suite of commercial businesses that supports the student learning experience. These include Metronome, a music and events venue, and Confetti X, a complex dedicated to esports production which recently hosted the Commonwealth Esports Championships qualifiers. NTU’s London campus will replicate that model, creating a multipurpose live events venue for students to learn and work in.
Reflecting the course offer in Nottingham, the student experience will be underpinned by a proven curriculum, world-class learning opportunities, and extensive industry connections. This will allow students from campuses in Nottingham and London to collaborate on live projects, access work experience across the UK, and spend parts of their study across both campuses. It will offer new progression routes for Confetti college-level students from Nottinghamshire to study in one of the world's leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres.
This ambitious plan will be strengthened by the relocation of Access Creative College’s London centre onto the same campus. The UK’s largest independent training provider, specialising in creative education, will provide its students with the opportunity to continue their studies in London through NTU.
Work on the 35,000sqft campus is now underway, with the first intake of students scheduled for September 2023.
Professor Edward Peck, CBE, NTU Vice-Chancellor commented:
“Confetti London supports NTU’s vision of generating new innovations in teaching and new partnerships for practice that build on our sector leading, industry-based approach. It will offer easy access for students in London and the South-East to the opportunities to transform their futures that have been available to those in the East Midlands for twenty five years.
“We look forward to working with local communities and businesses in preparing for our new students in 2023.”
Craig Chettle MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Confetti commented:
“Since its creation, Confetti’s vision has been to shape the future creative industries by cultivating dynamic, entrepreneurial and imaginative graduates. Thanks to the support from NTU, creating a campus in London demonstrates our ambitions and ongoing commitment to that vision.
“I see the campuses in Nottingham and London working in tandem, creating exciting links and opportunities across the entertainment industries for all our students in both cities. Nottingham will always be our first home, but I’m excited to see the new opportunities that a London base will provide for the University, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.”
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About Nottingham Trent University
NTU was ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).
NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.
Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.
NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.
NTU is ranked 4th most sustainable university in the world and 1st in the UK for sustainability-themed Education and Research in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).
About Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is a dynamic and progressive learning institute offering specialist vocational education and training – from college level courses through to postgraduate degrees. Subject areas include music performance, production, and business, esports production, games design and production, film and television, animation, graphic design and VFX, live events production, and event management. Home to more than 2,000 students, ambitious growth plans have been supported with investment from parent company Nottingham Trent University.
Confetti’s campus is built to the highest industry-standards and its professional facilities have been designed to equip graduates with the specialist skills necessary to work in the creative technology fields. Features include a green screen VFX studio and new motion capture studio, specialist gaming, VFX and animation studios and classrooms, broadcast spec TV production gallery, film studio and screening rooms and Metronome - a contemporary music, cross arts and events centre, designed by industry specialists White Mark and featuring 10 recording studios, 20 rehearsal rooms, and a 400-capacity live music and events venue.
Its newest facility, Confetti X, is a space for students to access the very best facilities and technology for esports production and other emerging technologies. With strong links with industry, the 14,000 sqft complex hosts amateur and professional esports tournaments, coaching and training for teams, and has already welcomed British Esports Champs Finals and the Commonwealth Esports Championships through its doors.
Confetti alumni have gone on to work for big brands in the music, TV, film and gaming industries - including the likes of Warner Brothers, Ubisoft, Sky, Sumo Digital, the BBC and Bauer Media to name just a few. Students also work alongside other businesses in the Confetti Media Group as interns and on placements and through live projects. They produce programmes for Notts TV and offer local creative businesses an exciting talent pipeline.
Nottingham Trent University to launch London campus
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