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Art and Design

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. 

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

Many of our art and design 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.

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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: Creative Arts (19+) - Full-time

You are aged 19+ and want to build and develop your skills and interests in new areas, to prepare for further study. You will need to be able to commit to working in College 3 days a week.

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.

Autumn Drawing and Painting - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn drawing and painting techniques or wish to further improve your skills, using various subjects or themes related to Autumn.

BA (Hons) Art and Design (Graphics) 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.

BA (Hons) Art and Design (Graphics) 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.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Fine Art) 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.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Fine Art) 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.

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.

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

If you have already completed the beginners course, this intermediate course will allow you to develop skills learnt.

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

This course is suitable for advanced learners and prior knowledge and experience of ceramics is essential.

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

This is perfect for students who have completed the beginners course and want to learn to use the wheel.

Ceramics - Working with Porcelain (Advanced) - Part-time

This course is perfect if: you have an interest in ceramics, jewellery or enjoy working at a small scale.

Ceramics - Working with Porcelain (Intermediate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you have an interest in ceramics particularly the purity of porcelain, if you enjoy the idea of combining different materials, if you want to create wearable jewellery or simply enjoy working at a small scale.

Ceramics – Working with Porcelain (Beginners) - Part-time

In this course we will experiment with a number of different ceramic processes which lend themselves well to being produced in porcelain.

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

This course is aimed at complete beginners, or those who wish to refresh the basics.

Ceramics for Improvers 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 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.

Creative Exploration - Part-time

Our Creative Exploration course consists of three 10-week blocks, of Creative Projects to help you to engage with your local community, learn new art skills, make friends and develop skills for life.

Developing Painting Techniques in Art - Part-time

The course is perfect if you want to develop your fine art drawing skills.

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.

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

This course is perfect if you are interested in creative drawing practice and have an iPad, digital tablet or iPhone and want to use it creatively.

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.

FdA 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 Diploma in Art and Design (Level 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 (Level 3 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.

Intermediate Drawing - Part-time

The course is perfect if you want to develop your fine art drawing skills.

Introduction to Portrait Drawing - Part-time

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist looking to expand your skill set, our course offers something for everyone.

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

This course is perfect if you are interested in creative drawing practice and have some experience in observation drawing.

Make Stained Glass to Sell - Part-time

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

Mixed Media Spring Art - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn drawing and painting techniques or wish to further improve your skills, using various subjects or themes related to Spring.

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.

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. You will need prior experience for the Advanced Course in Term 3.

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

This is perfect for any beginner or improver who is interested in learning or developing creative screen printing processes. You will need prior experience for the Advanced Courses in Term 3.

Sculptural Ceramics and Hand-building - Part-time

Whether you're a beginner, or an intermediate level ceramicist looking to expand your skill set, this course is the perfect place to practice your sculptural ceramic techniques.

Stained Glass for Beginners - Part-time

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

Summer Painting and Drawing - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn drawing and painting techniques or wish to further improve your skills, using various subjects or themes related to Summer.

T Level in Craft and Design (Level 3) (16-18) - Full-time

Starting in 2025, this course is perfect if you enjoy fashion, craft and design and are thinking of starting a career in the industry. The new T Level combines workshop- and classroom-based study with hands-on experience working with an employer…

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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