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Art, Design and Fashion

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.

You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Art, Design and Fashion but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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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.

Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion (includes Pre-Access) - 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.

Art and Design (Level 1 BTEC Introductory Diploma)

This course is perfect if you have creative interests and you want to explore your skills and get started studying in smaller groups with the expertise of tutors and specialist learning support.

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.

Ceramics - Beginners - Part-time

Our beginners ceramics course is based at Nottingham Ceramics School and is aimed at complete beginners and those who wish to refresh the basics.

Ceramics - Make a Garden Pot - Part-time

This is a lovely way to be introduced to the coiling method of Handbuilding.

Ceramics - Throwing - Part-time

If this is a method you have wanted to try, or improve on your technique, this is your opportunity.

Ceramics for Beginners - Part-time

If this is a creative area you have wanted to try, or improve on, this is your opportunity

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.

Christmas Scene using Mixed Media - Part-time

Learn a range of hand embroidery stitches and appliqué to create a wall hanging for Christmas.

Drawing and Painting - Part-time

This course is aimed at beginners and learners interested in improving and developing their skills in drawing and painting techniques.

Dressmaking for Beginners - Part-time

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

Experimental Drawing - Florals - Part-time

This one day workshop explores several interesting creative techniques to make drawings inspired by plants and flowers. The techniques are simple but effective so it is suitable for anyone

Experimental Painting and Drawing - Part-time

If you are interested in creative drawing practice and combining painting with a more experimental approach to using a variety of media, such as collage, print transfer, this course is for you.

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.

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…

Garment Technology for 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.

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.

Introduction to Drawing - Part-time

This relaxed and practical workshop where you will gain confidence and a sense of achievement as you produce your drawings

Lino Printing - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning the technique of lino printing. Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience and would like to refresh and practice your skills this is the course for…

Portfolio Preparation: Art, Design and Fashion - Part-time

This course is aimed at learners who are aged 19+ and are interested in future full-time study on an Access to Higher Education Course within the Creative Arts.

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 Skills: Bag Making - Part-time

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

Stained Glass - Introduction - Part-time

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

Techniques for Stitch - Part-time

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

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