Music and Performance

Do you want to study something you absolutely love and at the same time gain vital skills that you can use in almost any career?

Or perhaps, you want to venture into the professional world of music and performance, inspiring and moving people with your talents and abilities as an artist. Whatever your destination, your journey starts here.

Top 5 in the UK

1. There is simply no better place in Nottingham to study Music and Performance based subjects. Our Academy is in the top 5 in the whole of the country for student success rates.

The big stars of the industry 

2. You'll be taught by well-connected lecturers who know the big stars of the industry. Expect lots of visits and guest speakers from the likes of David Hasselhoff and Robert Lindsay (that's right - the Hoff!)

Amazing facilities 

3. Our creative spaces are second to none. We boast awesome facilities, from sprung floored dance studios to 300 capacity theatres, from on-sight live music venues to the largest education TV studio in the city. 

Successful careers 

4. Our track record in creating stars of the industry spans over 20 years, seeing hundreds of students go on to achieve amazing things.  

Our notable alumni includes:

They all have one thing in common... they started at ncn, home to over 100 creative courses delivered across two campuses in the city.

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Read some of the latest news stories from the ncn Music & Performance Academy;

College band named as Fred Perry Subculture's Band of the Week
ncn alumna cast in Sky drama Fortitude
Music students entertain Dementia residents with Caribbean beats

Music and fashion combine to create new clothing range
Theatre Arts student bags a job at Nottingham's new National Videogames Arcade


Highlights from ncn

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Budding film makers hit the big screen


Young movie makers got the chance to watch a premiere screening of their own short film at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema as part of the BFI Film Academy. 

Get a three-course meal at top Nottingham restaurant for just £25


Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26th April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Award-winning architects have been appointed to design a campus of the future


Award-winning architects have been appointed to take forward our plan for a ‘hub for skills’.

Talented rappers perform for Prince Harry


Budding rappers, Akil Beale, 17, and Omari Levy-Sterret, 18, got the chance to meet and perform in front of Prince Harry during his recent visit to Nottingham.

SafeGuard donates bullet proof vest to assist students with their training


Our Public Services students are benefiting from new protective armour to use as part of their course, thanks to a generous donation from SafeGuard Armour.

Talking business over tea


For Liam Richmond, manager and owner of Rudyards tea house, an apprentice has been the perfect solution to helping his fledgling business thrive.

Growing business reaps the rewards of an apprentice


Artificial Lawn Fitters UK Ltd employs 17-year-old Emily Johnson as Apprentice Sales Administrator and is looking to take on a further three apprentices.

We're supporting National Apprenticeship Week!


We currently work with more than 600 employers to deliver Apprenticeship programmes to over 1000 apprentices across 40 different sectors. Here's what one of our hospitality employers and his apprentice has to say...

Careers event gets students thinking about their futures


Students and school pupils have been inspired for their futures following the success of our Your Future careers and employability event.

Ruddington Arms chef patron passes on his culinary expertise to students


Mark Anderson of the Michelin Guide listed Ruddington Arms and three of his chefs joined ncn catering students to cook a gourmet five-course meal for the public.

The future’s looking bright for our students


To prepare students for life after college, we’re gearing up for Your Future, a careers event which will see more than 300 student workshops taking place throughout the week (20th-24th February), a host of inspiring guest speakers and the chance for stude

Creative collaboration is put under the spotlight


Music and media students came together this week for the College’s Music Expo.

Trainee chefs share their wisdom


Trainee chefs have been passing on their culinary skills to school pupils during a seafood workshop.

Working with Fujitsu to create digital champions


People in north Nottingham are being invited to become digital champions thanks to a new partnership between ncn and Fujitsu.