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Nottingham Summer School: Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage

30 June – 18 July 2014

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm for three weeks

On this creative, informative and practical summer school you will experience a lively academic programme that combines contemporary arts with the study of British culture, history and heritage. The three weeks will:

  • Develop your skills in a range of disciplines
  • Inspire and broaden your knowledge of the arts through the interaction with new people and the exploration of new ways of working
  • Introduce you to Nottingham and the UK from a historical perspective and demonstrate how the city is a contemporary, exciting place to be
  • Build your confidence when talking about your work and your international experience
  • Create new friendships between you, fellow students and academic staff

The ideal attendee is someone who wants to broaden their vision and develop a network of friends and practitioners from around the world. The programme is ideal for UK and international delegates interested in social and cultural history and how it is represented today. It is also a great opportunity to explore your personal approach to the arts within a modern studio environment. Download further details.PDF icon During the three weeks you will study:

Museums and Heritage
The world of museums, heritage and the arts is changing rapidly. There is a growing need for multi-skilled professionals who have an international experience of heritage and education work. From Victorian workhouses to modern art exchanges, you will engage first hand with the local museum and gallery sector, and see how buildings old and new are attracting local, national and international visitors.

Architecture and History
You will have the opportunity to explore the history of architecture in England. You will immerse yourself in the buildings, designs, construction methods and materials whilst learning about the people who lived and worked in our historic city and countryside. Think Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, add Civil War and the industrial revolution, and you have the ideal place in the heart of England to learn about the history of architecture through social, political and technological change.

Fine Art and the City
Reflecting the success of the first ever World Event Young Artists in September 2012 that attracted over 1,000 artists from 100 countries to Nottingham, these practical workshops will immerse you in the vibrant art scene that the city is famous for. You will be encouraged to share your own ideas of culture and identity, celebrating similarity and stereotype through exercises that might include drawing, painting, mixed media, image making and performance.

In addition to your studies, Nottingham has an extremely rich history and culture to enjoy. On our doorstep are Lord Byron’s home at Newstead Abbey and the Elizabethan Wollaton Hall (Wayne Manor in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises). Within walking distance of the campus are Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery, the Nottingham Contemporary Art Centre, New Art Exchange, Brewhouse Yard Museum of Nottingham Life and, especially in summer, a host of outdoor food and music festivals. There are grisly tours of our city's darker past, as well as the 700 year old tales of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest.

Read the full course descriptions and book online.

Course Fee



On campus accommodation fee: £810, arriving Sunday 29 June 2014 and departing Saturday 19 July 2014. You can read about the accommodation, location and book your place on NTU's online store. You can also read about other local hotels and bed and breakfast and homestay.

Booking terms and conditions

You must read the terms and conditions in advance of making a booking.

Who should attend?

You must be 18 or over and have an interest and contagious enthusiasm for British culture, history, heritage and the arts. You will have the confidence to work with others, learn from your peers and give supportive feedback. You must be open to people of all cultural and social backgrounds as Nottingham is a lively city with a diverse population.


A record of study listing the workshops and lectures you have attended in Nottingham will be available upon successful completion of the programme. The course is 75 hours of tutor-led study.

Any questions?

Telephone +44 (0)115 848 2813


Group of students on the Market Square in Nottingham.
Sign for Nottingham Contemporary art gallery.
Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror outside Nottingham Playhouse.
Statue of Robin Hood outside Nottingham Castle.