FdSc

Live and Technical Events

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years, full-time

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This new course sees you study in a real live event venue, working with industry-standard hardware and software and alongside well-connected tutors and guest speakers. By the end of the course you’ll have gained the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills needed to work successfully in the technical events industry.

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

This industry-focused course will give you the chance to learn about a broad range of disciplines in the live and technical events sector, including:

  • Lighting and stage design
  • Live sound reinforcement
  • Sound theory and acoustics
  • Electrical principles
  • Equipment maintenance and repair
  • Visual Effects (VFX)
  • Live event planning

Key features

  • This course will equip you with a broad set of technical and practical skills.
  • Employability is a key element of the course with the curriculum shaped around live professional experience project briefs.
  • Study in a real-world commercial live event venue and learn industry-relevant practical skills and techniques.
  • Benefit from hearing from industry speakers working in the live events sector, helping you contextualise your learning.
  • Undertake an 'Industry' based module in each year. This is designed to introduce you to the pressures and complexities of working in the live events sector through live client projects and self-directed project management assignments.
  • Learn from course staff with industry experience.
  • Benefit from access to industry-standard equipment.
  • Work on a variety of live events.
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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2018
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2018’s showcase

What you'll study

This cutting-edge course will give you the opportunity to study in a real-world live event venue, training with professionals and working with industry-standard hardware and software.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Stage and Lighting Technology (40 credit points)

    Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies used in the industry to enhance audience experience and in supporting performance at live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, as well as their underlying scientific principles. You’ll study the use of general and intelligent lighting fixtures from manufacturers including Chauvet, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control network hardware.

    Sound Technology and Practice for Live Events (40 credit points)

    In this module, you’ll develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of sound technology. You’ll study the physical properties of sound, investigating sound wave propagation (frequency, wavelength, and velocity), decibel calculations and their application in sound reinforcement, as well as important health & safety considerations.

    Equipment, Maintenance and Repair (20 credit points)

    An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental for anyone working in a technical role within the live events sector. This module aims to equip you with a range of practical skills for fault-finding, maintenance and repair of audio visual systems. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate industry standards and practices.

    Introduction to the Live Events Industry (20 credit points)

    Working in the live events industry requires an awareness of the huge range of job roles and career paths, alongside an awareness of the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have shaped the live events sector. During this module, you’ll be encouraged to carry out research in the industry, analysing current industry trends and legislation. You will also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in real project briefs within the local live events industry.

  • Final year

    Advanced Stage and Lighting Technology (40 credit points)

    During this module, you’ll examine advanced functionality of lighting control systems and instruments. You’ll develop a better understanding of the scientific principles behind lighting for live events and you’ll put these skills into practice, creating the lighting package for a large UK festival.

    Advanced Sound Technology and Practice for Live Events (40 credit points)

    In this follow-on module, you’ll increase your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology. You’ll work with a range of mathematical data to study and evaluate acoustic properties in live venues, investigate loudspeaker designs and carry out sound measurements and calculations.

    Visual Effects Production for Live Events (20 credit points)

    During this part of the course, you’ll learn about the key technologies associated with visual effects (VFX) in a live events context. Core areas of study include the design and implementation of VFX such as projection mapping, LED video wall technology and live vision mixing and video manipulation. You will also learn about the safety and use of pyrotechnics with real hands-on experience.

    Industry Practice (20 credit points)

    During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

You'll have the chance to learn about a broad range of disciplines in the live and technical events sector.

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! 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.

Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, classroom sessions, seminars and tutorials. Practical workshops take place in our live event production space, giving you a significant amount of regular, weekly hands-on practical time. During these sessions you’ll develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.

Our live events students are regularly out working on productions at venues across the region, including:

  • Nottingham Splendour Festival
  • Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • The Hockley Hustle Festival
  • The Bodega
  • National Videogame Arcade
  • Nottingham Castle

Assessment

There is a varied range of assessment methods throughout the course, which includes:

  • practical observations
  • portfolio work
  • technical reports
  • critical evaluations
  • visual and verbal presentations.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based on your final year work.

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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (22%) and practical (78%).
  • Year 2 coursework (67%), written (10%) and practical (23%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).

You'll have the opportunity to gain the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills needed to work successfully in the technical events industry

Careers and employability

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules focusing specifically on enhancing your employability.

This course will prepare you to work in the live events sector, in areas such as lighting design, sound engineering, VFX, equipment technicians and event management.

Connecting with industry

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects will help you to gain real experience of the industry, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV.

You will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you'll be meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the Creative Industries.

Through the Confetti Media Group Head of Talent Development, you'll be offered a range of real work opportunities to help build your portfolio of experience.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

Our students have the opportunity to work every year at Nottingham's biggest music festival - Splendour, alongside some of the biggest name in music.

Our new home for music and live events will focus on music production and performance, and live technical events education. The 38,500 sq. ft. complex, designed by U.K. firm White Mark, features music studios, rehearsal rooms, editing suites, social spaces and an auditorium.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - two at grade C, including English and Maths.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

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.

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, 15 January.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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

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.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418