Confetti discusses UK’s first esports production university degree


In 2021, there is no shortage of university esport courses.

This year, many higher education institutions in the UK and around the world have decided to invest in programs that educate students about potential jobs in esports. However, one of them – in particular – stands out.

Pictured: Gin Rai, Esports Manager at Confetti and Head of Higher Education Course. Image credit: Confetti

Confetti, an institute specializing in the creative industry that is part of Nottingham Trent University, has become the latest educational institution to integrate a degree program in esports.

Unlike some esports degrees that seek to provide an overview of the competitive gaming industry, Confetti has established an esports production degree to provide a hands-on, hands-on learning experience in the esports industry. .

As the name suggests, the course will focus on producing live events; from small-scale grassroots leagues to large-scale leagues and finals, as well as event management, game analysis, entrepreneurship, broadcast production, understanding and use of emerging technologies and development commercial. Students will have the chance to work with “big names” in the industry and work on real-world live event and content creation projects.

According to Confetti, this is the only program that emphasizes producing esports on this scale, which makes sense given the university’s experience in this specific area.

Real-life skills programs

Gin Rai, Esports Manager at Confetti and Head of Higher Education Course, told ESI that the new program was “obvious” to them. “You wouldn’t associate Confetti with traditional materials,” Rai said, adding that the institute chose a more specific program to take advantage of its experience and technology.

Rai explained the purpose of Confetti’s Esports production program: “Our BSc in Esports Production focuses on teaching the technologies and production processes used locally for arena quality live esports events. We give our students access to the cutting edge technology and expertise necessary for engagement and employment in the esports and live events industry.

Confetti’s motto “do it for real” translates into lessons that focus on real-life skills and use the best technologies and resources available. Rai added, “It’s less about teaching them how to do something, it’s more about giving them the opportunity to communicate, present, collaborate, lead, be self-aware, etc.

Confetti also has a concert and event hall called the Metronome where students can hone their skills in real world applications. The Esports Production course relies heavily on transferable skills because of this.

Working with people and being in charge of projects is something that needs to be taught within the production industry. However, with most esports degrees looking to increase skills in a range of specific industries, these points can often be missed.

The new 14,000 square foot complex will house 4k content creation and delivery infrastructure. Image credit: Confetti

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Either way, that doesn’t mean Confetti won’t use its facilities at their disposal to make student experiences tie into real-world esports, either. BSc Esports Production students have just been involved in supporting the production of the British Esports Championship Finals in a multitude of roles. “That’s what we mean by ‘do-it-for-real,’ said Rai.

He added, “We make sure to get advice from internal and external experts on our academic and strategic developments. It is of the utmost importance that we always remain actively connected to industry, leaders in fields of expertise and the best technology providers to ensure that our training offering is accurate and state-of-the-art.

“It’s a simple concept that takes a lot of hard work and maintenance, but it’s what we do and we proudly illustrate it in our latest multi-million pound development of Confetti X which opens this academic year. “

Confetti recently hosted the final of the British Esports Championship at its own venue. Image credit: Confetti

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Branding towards players is branding towards everyone

Rai stressed that Confetti spares “no expense” to get the best technology and that students will use the technology used in the biggest esports productions. “We want our students to travel the world and work with the biggest ‘players’ in the industry”

Since there is no shortage of college-backed esports programs, the question of branding your degree is obvious. Do you go “all out” and create a distinct brand for the players, or do you use your own visual language to add “weight” to esports?

Confetti’s tactic is the last. Rai detailed that by branding a course for gamers, they would do it for everyone since everyone is playing games in 2021. Still, he added: “It is necessary to mark a college course to give an indication. clear what the students are going to do. achieve throughout their studies and what might be their destination once their studies are completed.

The BSc Esports Production degree started in September 2020 and aims to provide “three action-packed and intellectually stimulating years” that will prepare students for their work in esports in the best possible way. BTEC in Esports will launch in September this year.

While esports continues to show signs of growth, it seems it is only a matter of time before specific esports courses start to emerge.

Supported by: Confetti

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