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Event Production BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): N823
  • Start Date(s): September
  • Duration: Three years, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Confetti Nottingham
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

On this three-year degree, you’ll learn and explore the technology that goes into live event production. This course is delivered at our contemporary music hub - Metronome - which houses a 300-capacity live event space and a 93m2 live events production workshop space.

You’ll be taught by well-connected industry professionals with extensive experience of live sound, lighting, video technology installation and operation and production management. During the course, all students will have the opportunity to undertake real event work experience, which supports the modules being studied.

You’ll develop technical skills, knowledge and experience essential to the live production industry that will set you on a path for a career in live events.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

What you’ll study

You’ll learn about a broad range of disciplines in the live and technical events sector, including lighting design and operation, live sound reinforcement, sound theory and acoustics, electrical principles, equipment maintenance and repair, live video technology including LED video walls and projection mapping, pyrotechnics safety, live broadcast technology, emerging technologies in the industry and live event planning. Industry and work-related opportunities will be gained through live projects, Confetti’s Industry Week, guest lectures and short work placements.

Lighting Technology (40 credit points)

Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies in use to enhance the audience experience and support the performance of live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, and their underlying scientific principles.

You will study the use of generic and intelligent lighting fixtures from a range of manufacturers, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control hardware and software. You will investigate current health and safety legislation and implement practical skills during industry practice focused workshops and live events. You will also gain knowledge of the historical developments in lighting technology and how that informs current industry standards and working practices.

Sound Technology (40 credit points)

This module aims to develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of live sound. You will study the physical properties of sound and how they relate to sound reinforcement and will explore analogue and digital technologies. You'll put your knowledge into practice in practical live sound settings throughout the year.

Equipment, Maintenance and Repair (20 credit points)

An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental to anyone working within technical roles within the live event sector. It is of paramount importance that work in industry is carried out with electrical safety at the forefront. This module aims to equip you with a range of practical skills for fault finding, maintenance and repair of event technology. You will learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate recognised industry standards and practices.

The Live Events Industry (20 credit points)

Working in the live event industry requires an awareness of the various types of job roles and career paths, and the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have helped shape the live event sector. This module encourages you to carry out research into the live event industry and analyse current trends and legislation, in order to gain a thorough understanding of your chosen sector. You will also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in basic work-related activities.

Production Design and Technology (60 credit points)

Production design focuses on all visual elements of an event, incorporating lighting and video technology, and often set design. With the continuous development of lighting and video technology, the roles of lighting or video designer often merge and the requirement to have skills in both areas of the industry is expected. In this module you will explore all aspects of production design and technology.

You will develop skills in lighting programming, video distribution systems, use of projection and LED screen technology, as well as looking at the design process, skills in 3D visualisation and the socio economic responsibilities of a designer.

You will also explore advanced lighting skills included the use of rigging and lifting equipment and calculating safe working practice when designing systems. You will develop a portfolio of skills in various different lighting and video design and operation software, which will then be put into practice in a final design project.

Advanced Sound Technology (40 credit points)

You will further your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology through the application of the design of different sound reinforcement systems. You will look at the connection between mathematical data to study the behaviour of sound in live venues, investigate loudspeaker designs and carry out sound measurements and calculations.

This module also has a strong emphasis on practical live sound engineering skills, and you will have the opportunity to develop and hone your skills in the live sound environment using industry-standard software and hardware.

Future You (20 credit points)

You are are the key to your own success! In this module you will investigate and develop your professional identity in terms of attributes, beliefs, values, motives, and experiences. You will develop professional integrity and a career identity.

This module encourages you to carry out research into employability and entrepreneurship and analyse current industry practices, job roles and technical skills required in order to gain a thorough understanding of the events sector. Throughout and during the assessment process you will actively partake in transformative practice, effective review and evaluation of yourself.

Broadcast for Live Events (20 Credit Points)

Live broadcast is an essential way for events to reach audiences in new and innovative ways. From low budget streaming applications that enable content creators to reach a wider audience base instantly, through to high quality, large scale live broadcasts of global events that require detailed logistical and technical planning; the market and consumer expectation of live broadcast is huge! Consequently, this challenging working environment requires technical staff who have the ability to create solutions that meet stringent technical requirements, as well as reacting and adapting to changing conditions as they arise.

As a successful engineer, your creative use of technology in this context should ultimately meet or go beyond the expectations of the audience, consumer and client. Throughout the module you will assume relevant roles to meet client, audience, performer and broadcast expectations of live events.

There is an emphasis on understanding technology to creatively compliment an event and the aim of this module is for you to research, design and implement technical solutions relating to the live broadcast environment culminating in a broadcast event.

Event Production Investigation (40 Credit Points)

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake sustained investigation into a specific area of creative technology that builds on your previous knowledge, experience and skills acquired during levels 4 and 5. This module will allow you to explore critically a specific issue or area of personal interest within your chosen field allowing you to explore individual lines of enquiry connected to your career goals.

You will achieve this by undertaking a self initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision. As part of this investigation, you will also enhance your abilities to communicate your findings with an audience and consolidate your skills in project management and self-directed work, both of which are vital for a career within the creative media industries.

The module serves to acquaint you with the key skills and practices required to undertake and complete an independent research project. The module will also enable you to understand the role of Intellectual Property (IP) in supporting the creative economy and how you can identify and legally protect your ideas and innovations. The module will offer an insight into how you can manage and license your IP and
what you do if someone else uses your ideas or without your permission.

Emerging Technology (40 Credit Points)

The live events industry is a fast paced, ever-changing world and your success in industry is dependent on your ability to not only adapt to changing commercial and consumer priorities, but also to develop innovative approaches to staging live events. Therefore, this module challenges you to research, design and implement a range of emerging technologies within the live events sector in order to develop an innovative solution in response to a client brief.

Developing the Practitioner (20 Credit Points)

The aim of this module is for you to examine the range and variety of creative working methodologies in order to develop your role as an evolving practitioner. Through research and theory you will gain a highly developed conceptual understanding of contemporary live event practice.

You will attend a series of practical workshops and seminars, the purpose of which will be to expand and challenge pre-existing ideas and perspectives. The brief will be initially offered by the ‘client’ and through practical application, the work will evolve collaboratively to produce an original and imaginative event or series of events. At specific points during the process you will be expected to present your evolving concept with the justification of theoretical research which will inform the assessment procedure.

How you’re taught

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!

Teaching and learning will take place in a custom-built live events production space and a range of bespoke IT suites and classrooms. You’ll learn on industry-standard equipment with training from experts in the field of live audio, lighting and live video production.

The aim is to further develop your practical, technical and critical thinking skills and to work on the appropriate deployment of analysis and enquiry techniques associated with the live events industry, whilst working on a combination of controlled, in-house activities and real-world client projects.

Classes will be a mixture of technical lectures and practical workshops where you’ll explore the core scientific and mathematical principles of the module subject areas. In addition to the theoretical underpinning of the subject area, the teaching and learning activities will predominantly focus on developing your practical skills associated with live events. You’ll gain knowledge of lighting and sound systems to develop productions that utilise these skills in innovative ways.

Industry Week

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 Michael Eavis and artists, such as Professor Green and Will Kennard.

Our live events students not only get to attend the talks, but they’re also running all of the lights, sound and staging for all of the events throughout Industry Week, adding a list of production credits to their CV.

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Careers and employability

Upon successful completion, you will have the option to progress to Confetti’s MA Creative Technologies or MSc Creative Technologies, apply for internships or job roles within industry.

Typical job roles in industry might include:

  • Live sound engineer
  • Lighting designer/operator for live events
  • Production manager
  • Live broadcast engineer
  • Live video technician/operator

All of the above may find you working in live music, theatre, festivals or corporate events in the UK or touring overseas.

Campus and facilities

Whether you’re a songwriter, performer, producer or someone who wants to get into the live events industry, you’ll study and learn in the heart of a world-class venue – Metronome.

By day, it’s an incredible place to study music performance, live events and audio technology. By night, Metronome transforms into a live events venue, hosting sell-out music gigs, comedy nights, theatre productions, esports tournaments, spoken word – the list goes on!

For our students, we can offer unrivalled facilities which include:

  • 400 capacity live music venue
  • 14 rehearsal spaces
  • 10 recording studios
  • Mastering, surround sound and post-production studio
  • Critical listening seminar room
  • Live events production workspace
  • Vinyl cutting room
  • 350 capacity live event venue
  • A range of PA systems from manufacturers, including Nexo and EV
  • Digital and analogue mixing consoles
  • A large selection of microphones from leading manufacturers such as Shure, AKG, Neumann, Audio Technica
  • Extensive backline equipment including Gretsch and Yamaha drum kits, Vox, Fender and Marshall amplifiers
  • Lighting consoles from Avolites and MA
  • A range of generic and moving lighting technology from Chauvet
  • Avid Pro Tools based mobile recording rigs

Entry requirements

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies (part of Nottingham Trent University) have applied for a student visa sponsor licence extension to be able to accept international students requiring a student visa on to their courses. Sign up to be the first to hear if this course opens to students requiring a student visa.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies (part of Nottingham Trent University) have applied for a student visa sponsor licence extension to be able to accept international students requiring a student visa on to their courses. Sign up to be the first to hear if this course opens to students requiring a student visa.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.