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.
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.
You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.View showcase
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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.
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.
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.
This course will appeal to students who are interested in using alternative materials and methods to create art.
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This course will focus on developing cake decorating skills to produce a professional finish.
If this is a creative area you have wanted to try, or improve on, this is your opportunity
If this is a method you have wanted to try, or improve on your technique, this is your opportunity.
Our beginners ceramics course is based at Nottingham Ceramics School and is aimed at complete beginners and those who wish to refresh the basics.
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.
Learn a range of hand embroidery stitches and appliqué to create a wall hanging for Christmas.
This course is aimed at beginners and learners interested in improving and developing their skills in drawing and painting techniques.
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.
Learn how to sew and construct simple garments and accessories using the correct techniques.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
This course is perfect if you have a love of pattern, colour, texture, illustrative textiles, surface pattern design, printing and making!
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.
This course is perfect if you have a love of pattern, colour, texture and making.
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…
This course is perfect if you want to try a range of crafts.
This course is perfect if you have a love of colour, texture, fabric, surface pattern design, making, decoration and manipulating.
This course is perfect if you have a love of pattern, texture, surface design, decorative drawing, manipulating and making!
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.
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.
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.
This course is perfect if you are looking to learn or improve skills in printing, collage and mixed media artwork.
The course will cover how to safely use sewing machines and other equipment and is suitable for beginners or improvers.
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.
This course is perfect if you have a love of pattern, colour, texture and making.
Learn how to put your sewing machine skills into action whilst making a range of different bags!
Learn the techniques and skills of stained glass crafts, working with coloured glass, copper foil and solder.
Discover the joys of embroidery using different stitches, fabrics and threads on this short course.