Visual Arts, Design & Fashion

ncn’s Academy of Visual Arts, Design and Fashion is the place to let your imagination run wild and your creative talents come alive.

You will work and learn alongside professional and successful artists and designers in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market at the Nottingham School of Art, now forming part of the city’s Creative Quarter.


Many of our former students are successful and nationally-renowned makers, designers and business owners in their own right so we’ve got a strong track record in supporting students to reach their full potential. All our students enjoy the use of our six storey former lace mill dedicated to art and design, including six extensive studio spaces, a print room, photographic dark room and studio, 3D workshops, a ceramics workshop and industry-standard digital facilities.  The ncn Nottingham School of Art is a great place to see work by established artists, craftspeople and designers, and to exhibit your own work too.

Our end of year static shows are the focus of our art and design courses, encouraging you to develop and present your work to the highest standard.  Our amazing fashion shows allow you to exhibit your work to talent scouts and industry experts – a great reward for the hard work you put in.

Most of our art, design and fashion courses are validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL). ncn has a close working relationship with UAL, with students regularly progressing to study there as well as other prestigious universities across the country.

Our great reputation in this field has helped us achieve Artsmark Gold status – recognising our engagement with employers in the industry, which helps our students prosper in and out of the classroom.

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Read some of the latest news from the ncn Visual Arts, Design and Fashion academy;

ncn Fashion Retail students takeover House of Fraser
Fashion lecturer is award finalist at Nottingham Post Business Awards
Fashion students raise money for Sue Ryder with pop-up
A 'touch' of experience for Graphic Design student
Full house at the 2015 Art & Design Exhibition preview

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Budding film makers hit the big screen

21/04/2017

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

12/04/2017

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

07/04/2017

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

Talented rappers perform for Prince Harry

23/03/2017

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

13/03/2017

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

09/03/2017

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

08/03/2017

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!

03/03/2017

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

02/03/2017

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

02/03/2017

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

16/02/2017

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

09/02/2017

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

Trainee chefs share their wisdom

12/01/2017

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

Working with Fujitsu to create digital champions

09/12/2016

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