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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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).