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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 industry standard 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.

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.

  • 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.

Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion (includes Pre-Access) (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and want to hone your talents and develop your interests in new areas to prepare for future study.

Alteration Skills for Beginners - Part-time

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

Alterations and Customising - Part-time

Revive those old garments and charity shop finds and cut down on clothing waste on this ten week course!

Art and Design (Fashion) BA (Hons) Top-up Degree (Level 6) - Full-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you top to a full BA (Hons) in Art and Design (Fashion) with just one further year of study.

Art and Design (Fashion) BA (Hons) Top-up Degree (Level 6) - Part-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you top to a full BA (Hons) in Art and Design (Fashion) with just two further years of study.

Art and Design (Fine Art) BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree (Level 6) - Full-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Art and Design with just one further year of study.

Art and Design (Fine Art) BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree (Level 6) - Part-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Design with just two further years of part-time study.

Art and Design (Graphic Design) BA (Hons) Top-up Degree (Level 6) - Full-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Design with just one further year of study.

Art and Design (Graphic Design) BA (Hons) Top-up Degree (Level 6) - Part-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Design with just two further years of 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.

Baking for Special Occasions - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to make and decorate cakes for family and friends or have your own business and need help to get you on your way to reaching your goals.

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: Sugar Flowers for Celebration - Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

Learn how to make stunning sugar flowers using a variety of different techniques.

Ceramic Projects at the Nottingham Ceramics School - Part-time

Based at Nottingham Ceramic School this course is aimed at confident learners who have some ceramic knowledge, or have attended a beginners or improvers course.

Ceramics - Beginners at 25 Stoney Street (Entry Level) - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is learning basic hand-building techniques using clay.

Ceramics - Intermediate at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1)- Part-time

This intermediate course will allow you to develop skills learnt on the beginners courses.

Ceramics - Studio Practice at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is suitable for advancing learners and prior knowledge and experience of ceramics is required.

Ceramics - Throwing at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) - Part-time

This is perfect for students with some basic knowledge of working with clay or beginners who want to use the wheel for the first time.

Ceramics for Beginners/Improvers at the Nottingham Ceramics School - Part-time

These ceramics courses are based at Nottingham Ceramics School and are aimed at complete beginners, those who wish to refresh the basics and improvers who have completed the beginners course.

Creative Business Start Up - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to start your own business or a side hustle from something you enjoy.

Decorating Cakes to Sell - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to improve your existing cake decoration skills and the presentation of your cakes and prepare to sell them.

Develop Lino-Printing at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This is perfect for any beginner who is interested in learning creative print-making processes.

Digital Marketing for Creatives at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in promoting and marketing themselves as an artist/designer/maker using social media.

Drawing and Painting at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This is perfect for any beginner who is interested in drawing and painting and those wanting to develop skills further.

Drawing and Painting Nature for Beginners or Improvers

This course is perfect if you would like to learn or improve your skills in drawing and painting various subjects found in nature.

Drawing and Painting The Human Form for Beginners or Improvers

This course is perfect if you would like to learn or improve your skills in drawing and painting the human form - both portraits and figures.

Dressmaking for Beginners - Part-time

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

Fashion (Level 1 BTEC Diploma) - Full-time

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

Fashion (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 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who has never sewn before, or wants a refresher course on sewing

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 Entrepreneurs (Level 2) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you have a fashion product or idea that you would take through to set up your own business.

Fashion Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This course provides a practical hands-on degree in fashion with strong links to the fashion industry.

Fashion Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

This course provides a practical hands-on degree in fashion with strong links to the fashion industry.

Fine Art Practice Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This course embraces a full range of disciplines, allowing you to work in the materials and methods of your choice.

Foundation Creative (Entry Level) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have an interest in art, fashion and media and need some support to enable you to move on with the next stage of your study.

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.

Graphic Design Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This course will encourage you to explore your creativity, take risks, build your confidence, and prepare to reach your potential within the industry. You’ll be able to explore career options in all fields of graphic design: including branding, illustration and…

Graphic Design Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

This course will encourage you to explore your creativity, take risks, build your confidence, and prepare to reach your potential within the industry. You’ll be able to explore career options in all fields of graphic design: including branding, illustration and…

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in developing their Adobe Illustrator skills.

Introduction to Hand Embroidery - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in developing their Hand Embroidery skills.

Introduction to Machine Knitting - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who has never used a knitting machine or would like to refresh their machine knitting skills.

Introduction to Photoshop at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone with an interest in creative digital skills, is already computer literate and want to learn the basics of Photoshop. You need basic digital literacy in order to gain the most from this course.

Introduction to Print-Making at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This is perfect for any beginner who is interested in learning creative print-making processes.

Introduction to Screen Printing at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This is perfect for any beginner who is interested in learning creative print-making processes.

Introduction to SketchUp at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) – Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone with an interest in creative digital skills, is already computer literate and wanting to learn SketchUp software.

Introduction to Weaving - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who has never woven before, or wants a refresher course on hand weaving.

It's in the Bag! - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in sewing and surface pattern.

Life Drawing at 25 Stoney Street (Level 1) - Part-time

This course perfect for any beginner who is interested in drawing the human form.

Make Stained Glass to Sell - Part-time

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

Making Baby Clothes for Beginners - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who would like to learn how to make their own baby clothes or refresh their skills.

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.

Pre-Access - Art, Design and Fashion – Part-Time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and want to develop your artistic skills and knowledge and you can commit to study in College for 2 days a week.

Professional Garment Making for Beginners - Part-time

This course will enable you to improve the finish of your home made clothes and make them look more professional.

Professional Sewing Skills (Level 2) - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who has never sewn before, or wants a refresher course in sewing.

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.

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.

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Creative Arts at 25 Stoney Street

At 25 Stoney Street you will find facilities, classrooms and workspaces suitable to let your creative spirit and work be nurtured. We have technicians and experienced staff on hand to help you fulfil your creative potential