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 Nottingham College, 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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Students cook up a storm with the help of top Nottingham chef


Nottingham diners were treated to a special five-course tasting menu created by successful local chef Craig Floate last week at our Adams Restaurant.

Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards


The final of the Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards’ Best Young Talent, Back of House Award, took place at our Adams Restaurant & Brasserie this week (6th November).

Students hit the bullseye with Winmau sponsorship renewal


Young people in Nottingham are being given the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the global darts industry following the renewal of a three-year sponsorship with Winmau, the world’s leading darts brand.

Congratulations to our HE Graduates!


More than 400 Nottingham College Higher Education (HE) students are celebrating their academic success as they graduate today.

Expert chef goes back to where it first began


Successful Nottingham chef, Craig Floate, will be sharing his years of culinary expertise with some of our aspiring chefs on 9th November, when he is set to take over our Adams Restaurant.

Public consultation opens for new £60m Nottingham College campus development


Nottingham College moves a step closer towards its new £60m landmark City Hub campus development with the launch of its public consultation exercise today.

Nottingham College students make over Broadway performers


Broadway musical have been brought to life thanks to eye-catching makeovers created by students at Nottingham College.

Matthew engineers top award


An engineering student from Nottingham College, Matthew Taylor, was crowned “Young Inventor of the Year” at the annual Made in the Midlands business awards on 19 October.

Nottingham College salon joins local businesses for Halloween fun


Families wanting to have “a spooktacular” half term filled with haunting activity can join a special Halloween Trail this week

Uni Fair steers students in the right direction


Students aspiring to further their education attended a mini University Fair at our High Pavement Sixth Form campus this week.

Female Football Open Evening


Nottingham College is holding an open evening on Friday 3 November for young female footballers to find out more about its partnership with Nottingham Forest Ladies FC.

Dance students share the stage with the professionals


Dance students had the opportunity to perform alongside professional dancers on 5th October, at Lakeside Arts, in a show put together by London-based, African contemporary dance company Tavaziva.

High Pavement Society rewards student success


Our high achieving A Level students were honoured this week for their outstanding hard work and academic ability at the High Pavement Society Awards.

Well done to our hard working GCSE students!


More than 1500 Nottingham College GCSE students collected their results today (24th August).