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

Highlights from ncn

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High Pavement Society rewards student success

15/09/2017

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!

24/08/2017

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

Hard work pays off for our A Level students

18/08/2017

The wait was finally over this week for hundreds of Nottingham College A Level students. More than 900 eager students queued up to collect their results from the College’s High Pavement Sixth Form Academy yesterday 17th August.

Bidding a fond farewell to our Chinese visitors

18/08/2017

270 Chinese delegates, a mixture of students and their teachers from 10 universities across China, took part in our four-week Summer School programme.

Hair and make-up extravaganza

10/08/2017

Talented Hair and Media Make-up trainees wowed an audience of friends, family and industry sponsors, at a special catwalk show and awards presentation.

A Level Results Day 2017

08/08/2017

Results day is just around the corner, so here’s all you need to know about the big day!

Making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy

02/08/2017

With support from Grant Thornton and Freeths, we provided advice and expertise to more than 70 businesses last week at an event about the Apprenticeship Levy...

Dreams come true for Nottingham College theatre students

27/06/2017

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

27/06/2017

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

22/06/2017

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‘

20/06/2017

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

16/06/2017

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

16/06/2017

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

08/06/2017

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.