Nottingham Trent University expanding into London with new Confetti campus

Early artist impression of the facilities available in the new Confetti London campus. Picture: Confetti

Nottingham Trent University is setting up a new campus in London focused on creative education and based around an expansion of Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

The university said it hopes the project will support social mobility as a “growing generation of young people in London and the South-East look to enter vocational education to launch them into their careers”.

The campus will be in Whitechapel, often seen as the capital’s centre for creative industries.

It will be aimed at students looking to build careers in the entertainment industries and will offer hands-on courses in performance, production and business for the music industries, event management, and emerging technologies such as esports, virtual production, and content creation.

Courses will be open to both UK and international students, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications available.

Work on the 35,000sqft campus is already under way, with the first intake of students scheduled for September 2023.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck CBE, said: “Confetti London supports NTU’s vision of generating new innovations in teaching and new partnerships for practice that build on our sector leading, industry-based approach.

“It will offer easy access for students in London and the South- East to the opportunities to transform their futures that have been available to those in the East Midlands for twenty-five years.

“We look forward to working with local communities and businesses in preparing for our new students in 2023.”

Craig Chettle MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Confetti, said: “Since its creation, Confetti’s vision has been to shape the future creative industries by cultivating dynamic, entrepreneurial and imaginative graduates.

“Thanks to the support from NTU, creating a campus in London demonstrates our ambitions and ongoing commitment to that vision.

“I see the campuses in Nottingham and London working in tandem, creating exciting links and opportunities across the entertainment industries for all our students in both cities.

“Nottingham will always be our first home, but I’m excited to see the new opportunities that a London base will provide for the University, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.”

The plan also involves the relocation of Access Creative College’s (ACC) London centre onto the same campus.

ACC is the UK’s largest independent training provider, specialising in creative education.

Confetti is part of the Confetti Media Group family of businesses, bought by Nottingham Trent University in 2015.

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies was founded in 1994, and was the first specialist establishment of its kind in the region.

It started as a small facility offering courses to people wanting to forge careers in the music business as producers, sound engineers, and technicians.

It is now home to 1,300 Further and Higher Education students in the fields of games, TV, film, music and live events production.

It opened a new digital media hub building on Convent Street in 2019 and is now building a new £5 million esports production facility, Confetti X, on Huntingdon Street.

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