Formed in 1994 by Craig Chettle with just a sprinkling of students and staff, the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies has become a leading, modern education provider with expert tutors and more than 1,600 students.
The specialist creative industry institute boasts cutting-edge technology, studios and equipment, highly-knowledgeable staff, and countless former learners who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in television, film, music, gaming, graphic design, and live events, to name but a few.
Over the last quarter-of-a-century, Confetti has delivered college and university-level courses to students who have progressed to work for major organisations, including the likes of Warner Brothers, Bauer Media, and Ubisoft.
Craig established Confetti after spotting a gap in the market for industry-led vocational creative technology courses. In the early days, it offered a small selection of music and sound design courses – in stark contrast the wide range of programmes provided today, helping people enter competitive fields and thrive in them. Courses are available at different levels in order to satisfy an array of academic abilities, and teacher use their skills and know-how to help students find sustainable employment.
Confetti, the first specialist provider of its kind in the Nottingham area, follows key market trends to make sure it is running courses and qualifications which meet the needs of those markets, which allows them to mould the students into job-ready, determined and clued-up professionals.
It is a part of Confetti Media Group, which is completed by Constellations, Antenna Media Centre, Spool Films, and record label Denizen. Notts TV, a dedicated Nottingham television station, is also a partner. The Group is one of the leading creative industry employers in the region, with more than 200 employees. It also supports an industry membership of over 450 creative firms, from PR companies to game developers.
Confetti courses are run in partnership with Access to Music and Nottingham Trent University, its parent company. Confetti Industry Week comprises of events and activities that offer an invaluable insight into some of the UK’s best creative talent. Interactive workshops, seminars and exclusive performances are always on the agenda.
It is the only event of its kind in the country, giving students a better idea of what goes on in the industries they dream of joining. The advice and vital inside knowledge on hand throughout the week gives visitors a fantastic opportunity to learn more about their chosen careers, and also helps them to become work-ready.
Special guests at recent Confetti Industry Weeks have included Radio 1Xtra’s Mistajam, Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, and SBTV’s Jamal Edwards. Those in attendance have also been treated to a 3D model-making demonstration from the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace & Gromit, hints and tips from Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis, and gaming techniques from the creators of Call of Duty.
Work is currently being carried out on Confetti’s brand new £9.1 million Digital Media Hub. Students will benefit from a new courtyard area, a HE Centre, and two new specialist classrooms for Visual Effects and Graphics learners.