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Art, Design and Fashion

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If you want a place where you’ll have the freedom to let your imagination run wild, and the support to allow your creative talents to come alive, you’ve come to the right place! At Nottingham College you will work and learn alongside professional and successful artists and designers in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market, part of the city’s Creative Quarter.

Many of our former students are now successful and nationally-renowned makers, designers and business owners, so we’ve got a strong track record in supporting students to reach their full potential.

We offer courses from Level 1 to degree-level, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to progress with us!

All our students enjoy the use of our six-storey former lace mill at 25 Stoney Street, which is dedicated to art and design, including extensive studio spaces, a print room, photographic dark room and studio, 3D workshops, a ceramics workshop and industrystandard digital facilities. Fashion students use the original lace lofts up in the Adams Building, where textiles heritage meets the future of fashion.

You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your work to the public and industry professionals at our art and design exhibition and catwalk fashion shows, which are a real highlight of the year.

Many of our art, design and fashion courses are validated by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL). We have a close working relationship with UAL, with students regularly progressing to study there as well as other renowned universities across the country, including the world-famous Central Saint Martins.


We offer courses from Level 1 to degree-level, so you have plenty of opportunities to progress with us.

Creative Careers

The creative industry is a vast, exciting and ever-changing industry that is host to a wealth of career opportunities.

Nottingham College totally understands the creative market and has strong links to Nottingham, UK and even globally based leading businesses.

We know what employers are looking for when seeking to recruit employees to their businesses. Therefore, our Art, Design and Fashion courses contain all the necessary skills and knowledge you need to thrive within creative industries.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Artist, an Animator, an Art Curator, a Fashion Designer, a Fashion Marketer, a Fashion Writer, a Graphic Designer, an Illustrator, an Interior Designer, a Merchandiser, a Photographer, a Product Designer, a Textile Designer or a Web Designer – there are many choices available to you.

Did you know?

  • Fashion is the largest employer of all the UK’s creative industries.
  • The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 880,000 jobs.
  • The direct contribution of the UK fashion industry the UK economy is estimated at £28bn.
  • Music, visual arts and performing arts contribute over £4 billion a year to the national economy.
  • The cultural economy creates circa. 700,000 jobs across England.

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A Level Art and Design

If you’re creative, want to improve your artistic practice and enhance your technique in different artistic forms, this course is for you. Studying AS in the first year and progressing to the full A Level in the second is…

Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to hone your talents and develop your interests in new areas to prepare for future study.

Advanced Sugar Craft - Part-time

This course is for improvers or advanced learners with previous cake decorating knowledge.

Alteration Skills for Beginners - Part-time

Learn to make to make alterations to garments using a sewing machine to make them fit better.

Appliqué with Hand Sewing - Part-time

Create a range of different appliqué designs using the sewing machine and/or hand stitch.

Art and Design (Level 1 UAL Diploma) - Full-time

If you’ve got a creative talent and you want to explore your skills and get started studying in an enthusiastic and exciting environment then this is the course for you.

Art and Design (Level 2 UAL Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love a creative challenge, have a keen eye for detail and have a growing talent for drawing, painting and designing.

Art with Upcycled Materials for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

This course will appeal to students who are interested in using alternative materials and methods to create art.

Cake Decoration for Beginners - Part-time

This course will give an introduction to cake decorating, using a variety of techniques to create a professional finish to your cakes to wow family and friends.

Cake Decoration for Improvers - Part-time

This course will focus on developing cake decorating skills to produce a professional finish.

Cake Decoration for Improvers and Ideas for Selling Cakes From Home - Part-time

This course is perfect if you would like to improve your cake decoration skills and want to start selling them!

Ceramics - Throwing - Part-time

If you have ever wanted to try the main-hand-building techniques of pinching, coiling and slabbing with an emphasis on throwing on the potter’s wheel, then this is your chance.

Ceramics for Beginners - Part-time

Our beginners ceramics course is based at Stoney Street in the City Centre and is aimed at complete beginners and those who wish to refresh the basics.

Ceramics Studio Practice - Part-time

This course is aimed at advanced level learners who have good ceramic experience, who wish to develop their own ceramic practice and for those who have attended previous courses.

Collage for Beginners - Part-time

If you are interested in learning the different ways you can create unique collages using variety of materials and techniques, then this course if for you!

Collage for Improvers - Part-time

This course is perfect if you would like to develop your basic collaging skills further.

Commercial Pattern Making Advanced - Part-time

Using commercial patterns, learn how to make an item of your choice.

Commercial Pattern Making for Beginners - Part-time

Have you ever wondered how to read and understand shop bought sewing patterns?Then this course could be for you!

Confidence Building Using Crafts - Part-time

The focus of this course will be using practical and creative strategies to build inner confidence and self-esteem.

Craft for Everyone - Part-time

Learn a new craft skill each week including hand sewing, machine sewing and paper crafts.

Dressmaking for All - Part-time

This course is suitable for all dressmakers, from beginners to more advanced sewers.

Dressmaking for Beginners - Part-time

Learn how to sew and construct simple garments and accessories using the correct techniques.

Fashion and Textiles (ABC Level 1 Award) - Part-time

If you are interested in fashion and textiles, this course enables you to acquire the skills and knowledge to progress onto further study or employment in the fashion and textile sector.

Fashion and Textiles (Level 2 BTEC Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you see yourself working as a designer in the world of fashion, textiles, soft furnishings, costume or even in fashion business.

Fashion and Textiles (Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you see yourself working as a designer in the world of fashion, textiles, soft furnishings, costume or even in fashion accessories, within our excellently resourced Fashion and Textiles department in the Lace Market

Fashion Business and Fashion Retail (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a passion for fashion, trends, marketing, styling and an interest in working within the retail/business side of the industry.

Fashion Retail (Level 4 Professional Diploma) - Full-time

The course is perfect if you have a passion for fashion or are working in the retail sector. You will have either previously studied at Level 3 for a Fashion Retail qualification or a qualification in a related sector.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3/4 UAL) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’re serious about progressing to one of the country’s top art schools. Our highly-regarded art foundation course will help you to redefine your barriers, focus your creative direction and choose the degree course or creative…

General Art and Design with 3 specialist pathways (Level 3 Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your interest in art and design in all its forms and pursue a future in the creative industries, but haven’t yet chosen an area of specialism.

Make Stained Glass to Sell - Part-time

This course is aimed at learners with some experience of stained glass.

Mixed Crafts - Part-time

Using vintage tablecloths and favourite found fabrics, make appliqué pictures using hand and machine stitch.

Mixed Media Stitch - Part-time

Create beautiful pictures using different techniques including paint, stitches and more.

Mixed Textiles - Part-time

On this course you will cover a range of techniques including sewing, knitting, and crochet enabling you to work on several mini projects in each technique to learn a number of different skills.

Painting and Drawing for Improvers - Part-time

This course aims to provide a supportive atmosphere for learners with some experience to develop their drawing and painting skills further in a range of media.

Painting and Mixed Media - Part-time

This 10 week course will offer an introduction to working with mixed media techniques and materials.

Painting for All - Part-time

This 10 week course is aimed at both beginners and those with some experience or knowledge of painting.

Paper Craft - Part-time

This course is aimed at anyone interested in exploring the art of paper craft.

Pattern Cutting (ABC Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

Whether you are already working within the fashion industry and want to improve your skills or you would like to be able to produce unique, well fitted bespoke garments, this course will teach you the principles and techniques of pattern…

Print Making for Beginners - Part-time

This course will be of interest to students with previous experience of painting and drawing who would like to try some basic printmaking.

Raised Stitch Work - Part-time

Learn how make embroidery stitches raise and become padded and appear almost 3D.

Sewing for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

The course will cover how to safely use sewing machines and other equipment and is suitable for beginners or improvers.

Sewing for Enterprise - Part-time

This practical course is perfect if you want to improve your existing sewing and dressmaking skills and acquire the confidence to produce professional looking items you may want to sell.

Sewing Machine Skills for Beginners - Part-time

Learn how to use a sewing machine and have a go at zips, button holes and all the stitches on this great course!

Sewing Skills: Bag Making - Part-time

Learn how to put your sewing machine skills into action whilst making a range of different bags!

Sketching Local Landscapes - Part-time

This course aims to provide an opportunity for students with an interest in landscape to develop their sketching skills by working from direct observation outside as much as possible, weather permitting.

Skirt and Trouser Making - Part-time

Using a commercial pattern, you can choose to make a skirt or a pair of trousers.

Stained Glass for Beginners - Part-time

Learn the techniques and skills of stained glass crafts, working with coloured glass, copper foil and solder.

Stained Glass for Improvers - Part-time

If you have some experience of stained glass, this course is for you. You can learn additional skills to build on previous experience.

Still Life Drawing - Part-time

Whether you’re a keen artist or just starting out, this part-time course offers you a great opportunity to share your creativity with like-minded people in a relaxed, informal learning environment.

Techniques for Stitch - Part-time

Discover the joys of embroidery using different stitches, fabrics and threads on this short course.

Upcycling for Renovations - Part-time

This course will appeal to students who are interested in using alternative materials and methods to create art.

Watercolour Painting for Beginners - Part-time

No matter what level of ability you are, from beginners to improvers, as long as you have a keen interest in painting and a willingness to learn new skills, this course is perfect for you.

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