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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Live and Technical Events at Nottingham Trent University

Taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham, 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.

It is delivered in partnership and fully validated by the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University.

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.

How you're taught

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.

Regular guest lectures from professionals working in sound, lighting and events production will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the live events industry. Previous visiting lecturers include:

  • Michael Eavis – Glastonbury founder
  • Dave Swallow – Sound Engineer (Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey-Rae, La Roux)
  • Ceri Wade – Production Manager for Arcadia
  • Matt Lee – X-factor Lighting Designer

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


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.

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%).

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.


This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in their dedicated HE Centre and studio facilities.

Facilities and equipment includes:

  • access to a 320 seat live event venue
  • Midas Venice 32 channel analogue live console
  • 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
  • Avolites Titan lighting console with touchscreen laptop
  • a range of Chauvet lighting
  • Avid Pro Tools based mobile recording rigs.

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Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

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