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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Dreams come true for Nottingham College theatre students


For an actor, and especially an actor in training, there is no better, or more prestigious, stage than that of the National Theatre in London.

A celebration of creativity


From giant cars made from scrap metal, extravagant costume design, moving furniture, and jewellery made from nature; these were just some of the creative pieces displayed as part of the students' End of Year Art and Design Show.

Students gain inspiration from industry


Students were able to tap into industry knowledge this week as our High Pavement campus opened its doors to careers advisors from local businesses and universities. 

City and Guilds names Nottingham College ‘UK Centre of the Year‘


Nottingham College was honoured at the City and Guilds Lion Awards last week (15th June), winning the UK Centre of the Year award at a prestigious ceremony held in London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens.

Fashion students strut their stuff on the catwalk


St Mary’s Gate Church became a stunning backdrop for a catwalk fashion show for Nottingham College Fashion students' End of Year catwalk show.

Megan’s artwork reaches new heights


Talented young artist Megan Cresswell has taken her final college project to a whole new level, literally… 

Ncn and Central College merge to become Nottingham College


New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham have today merged to create Nottingham College – set to be one of the largest colleges in the country.

Top chef Alex Bond inspires students with contemporary cuisine


Michelin-trained chef Alex Bond took time out of his busy schedule last week to work alongside trainee chefs to cook a five-course meal for the public.

Join us for our Aspire summer showcase!


Our University Centre is holding a special summer showcase at ncn City on 7th June, 4-7.30pm. ‘Aspire’ is an end of year celebration for current HE students, and for those interested in a degree-level course, it’s a great chance to see what ncn has...

ncn alumnus lands lead role in Playhouse production


Talented actor and former ncn student, Andre Squire, got the chance to perform back in his hometown after landing a lead role in the stage production of The Grapes of Wrath.

Students feel the heat from the kitchen


Our students have shown they have what it takes after impressing Nottingham diners during their Marco Pierre White restaurant takeover.

I declare Creative 122 officially open!


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham on 10th May at a special launch event held at our City campus.

Awards success for talented Nottingham students


Creative students from both ncn and Central College were honoured at the 2017 Young Creative Awards on Wednesday 10 May. 

Creative 122 set to open by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students will open to the public on Wednesday 10th May at an official launch event at ncn City (Adams Building).