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.

Click on the Browse Courses icon on this page for a full list of courses.

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

Highlights from ncn

View all news

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).