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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Music Performance at Nottingham Trent University

Study our FdA in Music Performance and you'll be equipped with a broad set of practical skills, while being given the opportunity to focus on your personal development as a professional musician. At key points during the course you'll also have direct access to Confetti's sister company - record label, Denizen - for advice and guidance.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham. It is delivered in partnership and fully validated by the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University.

A key feature of the course is an individualised approach to your studies, allowing you to develop technical mastery of your first instrument whilst also broadening your understanding of other subject areas and ways of thinking about music, performance and composition.

Key features

  • This course is designed to meet the demands of industry.
  • Course activities are both independently led and collaborative, directly mimicking working practices in the industry.
  • Core areas of study include; stage craft, music theory, composition and arrangement techniques, audio and MIDI sequencing, studio sound recording, editing, composing and performing with technology, musicology and event management.
  • Have access to Confetti's annual Industry Week - previous guests include Professor Green and Casetteboy.
  • Undertake an industry-focused module in each year of the course.
  • Benefit from bespoke guest lectures and workshops delivered by visiting industry professionals.

How you're taught

Teaching and learning are designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking. Classes are a mixture of rehearsals, live performances, workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti's expert tutors who are active professional musicians who have performed with some of the world's biggest artists on some of the world's biggest stages, such as Glastonbury.

The course will involve a number of performances at a wide range of events, at both local and nationally recognised venues, such as Splendour. In some modules you'll work on 'live' projects, where you'll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.

Guest lectures from professional musicians, promoters and producers will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the music industry. In addition, you'll have direct access to the Confetti Media Group's in-house record label and artists management company Denizen who will offer help and guidance throughout your studies.


Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout.

Forms of assessment include:

  • practical tests
  • written research
  • technical papers
  • presentations
  • independently led coursework
  • projects.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based 100% 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 (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).

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 (35%), independent study (65%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).

Careers and employability

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to join our BA (Hons) Art & Design Media Practice or BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology top-up courses.

The music industry offers a broad range of career prospects for graduates. Students studying the FdA Music Performance will study subject areas that will help prepare them for the diverse nature of the industry.

You will also study the wider context of their industry, investigating working practices, legal frameworks, business models and career opportunities. In addition, the course also aims to develop your cognition, autonomy and research skills, enabling you to continue in further academic study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will increasingly be faced with freelance and self-employed models of work upon graduation. Consequently, the course aims to equip you with appropriate skills for this type of workplace through 'live' client-led briefs with local and national industry partners, which will help you build a varied and distinctive portfolio of work throughout your studies.

Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on close interaction with industry in the form of lectures, workshops and seminars from industry professionals throughout the two years of study.


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

Facilities and equipment include:

  • Access to high-end recording facilities including Confetti's flagship commercial studio; Electric Mayhem with vintage Neve VR60 analogue console, Pro Tools HD, Studer A827 24-track tape machine
  • Confetti's own dedicated performance rehearsal spaces
  • Production facilities running Logic X, Ableton Live suite, Native Instrument Komplete and Sibelius
  • A range of modern and vintage equipment from manufacturers such as: Fender, Vox, Marshall, Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Gretsch, Mesa-Boogie, Electro-Harmonix
  • Access to a recording and development label (Denizen)
  • Links to promoters and venues around Nottingham and the UK

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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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