Music and Performance

We’ve got a pretty impressive reputation. Our Clarendon campus is well-renowned for its excellent music technology and performance facilities. We’re amongst only a handful of places in the country that are so well equipped and will allow you to progress to a full BA (Hons) degree in this area.

We’re a Roland Academy, (Roland is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of music technology) which means you have access to cutting edge products including Jupiter 80 Synthesizers, RD 700NX stage pianos and TD-30KV V-drums. We often have national organisations and theatre companies using our facilities, such as Youth Dance England.

You’ll be rubbing shoulders with students in a whole range of areas of expertise, so you’ll be working alongside actors, dancers, technicians, songwriters, performers, producers and sound engineers offering you a brilliant opportunity to broaden your knowledge and make contacts.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience, getting to grips with arranging your own gigs, performing at in-house events, appearing at external events around Nottingham and enjoying the thriving cultural scene in the city.  

Our graduates go onto lead successful careers: Glenn Graham moved on to the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance after studying at ncn. He has recently performed the role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne's international tour of Swan Lake. Glenn is also a patron of our dance company, Company12. Mia Jexen studied acting with us. She was cast in the TV series Fortitude on Sky Atlantic appearing alongside Christopher Ecclestone and Sofie Grabol.  

If theatre is your passion, we’ve got a 200-seat theatre and a smaller 80 seat studio theatre both fully equipped with lighting and sound. In addition we have three dance studios, four acting studios, costume department, set design studio and construction workshop. You could also get the unique opportunity to gain vital skills at performance and arts administration within our very own in-house dance company, Company12.

You'll also enjoy:

  • Construction workshop and costume-making facilities for set and wardrobe design and production
  • Three live music performance venues; six band rehearsal spaces; Apple Mac technology suites; mobile music technology pods; DJ booths; professional music software platforms including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Maschine, Sibelius and VJ software Modul8
  • Master classes with visiting professionals

Find out more

We’ve got open days throughout the year, but if you can’t make these dates, we’d love to arrange a personal tour at a time that suits you, just get in touch!

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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).

Hard work pays off for our A Level students


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


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


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


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Making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy


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


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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.