Art, Design, Fashion and Photography

Our thriving Art, Design, Fashion and Photography department is right in the middle of the city’s Creative Quarter. You’ll study at our City campus, in the heart of the historic Lace Market – a blend of old and new with plenty to inspire your creative streak. 

We’ve got great connections with some of the big names in the industry - you could be working with the likes of Paul Smith, Trend Boutique, Quantum Clothing, The New Fat, Studio Output and Speedo International to name a few.  

Many of our former students are successful and nationally-renowned makers, designers and business owners - we’ve got a strong track record in supporting our students to reach their full potential. Our graduates have gone on to top design jobs, including working for companies like Paul Smith, Hyundai, Diesel Jeans, George at Asda and Pendragon PLC.  

You could have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in national competitions and exhibitions such as New Designers, UK Young Designers and Worldskills
  • Travel and explore the fashion capitals as part of our Fashion FdA - fancy travelling to Paris, Florence, Barcelona, Milan, London or Berlin?
  • Meet industry professionals and guest speakers, all looking to share their years of industry experience
  • Exhibit your work in a final end of year show to the public, talent scouts and industry experts - a great reward for the hard work you put in and a chance to showcase your talent!

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Don’t miss our creative end of year shows!


 As the academic year draws to a close, the hard work of our talented creative students will be celebrated with an end of year showcase this month, which includes Media, Art and Design, Photography and Fashion.

Trainee chefs gain inspiration from the professionals


Professional chefs Hira Thakur and Paul Thacker joined budding cooks at the Adams Restaurant for a special Asian-inspired evening. 

Talented students shine at Young Creative Awards


Creative students are celebrating after winning Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Film, Music, and Architecture and Design categories at this year’s Nottingham Young Creative Awards.

Spotting the early signs of skin cancer


To help celebrate Sun Awareness Week, the College teamed up with Skin Cancer charity, Skcin.

The Tale of Robin Hood and the College Carpenters


Carpentry students are playing a very important part in the up and coming Hoodwinked sculpture trail.

Course Moves 2018


As part of the College’s ongoing Estates strategy, this summer the college has the opportunity to improve the learner experience and outcomes by moving courses to different sites.

Professional chefs introduce students to Asian-inspired cooking


Former Nottingham College student, turned award-winning chef, Hira Thakur, is returning to where his training first began, in the College’s commercial restaurant, to support the next generation of budding cooks.

Beauty students receive training using industry-leading product waxu


Beauty Therapy students receive industry training in preparation for the uptake of waxu into courses from September 2018.

Students start a conversation about mental health


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), staff and students are embarking on a 17-mile charity ‘walk and talk’ on Friday 18th May, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health.

Students travel stateside for twice-in-a-life-time experience


Katie and Harry's Camp America work experience had such an impact the first time round, now they're jetting off again!

The Nottingham Motorshow is back!


From Japanese racing cars to pre-war classics, if you’re a fan of motors, old and new, the annual Nottingham Motorshow is a fantastic event not to be missed.

Trainee chefs put their ‘Hart’s’ and soul into College cook off


Professional Chefs Diploma students battled it out in the kitchen today, hoping to win the chance to cook alongside Dan Burridge, Head Chef at Hart’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Students’ creativity is set to soar on globally recognised art course


Foundation Art students selected for world class course

Hospitality students prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry


The pressure was on for Hospitality Management students last night, when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.