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Emerging talent of 1,200 graduating artists and designers to go on show

An annual showcase – with a long history of featuring some of the largest cohorts of award-winning students in the UK – is set to open next week with original works created by more than 1,200 graduating artists and designers.

A piece of fine artwork
NTU is to launch its 2017 Degree Show

From hi-tech to high fashion, prints to prototypes, and the artistic to the architectural, Nottingham Trent University’s annual Degree Show is one of the largest and most diverse simultaneous exhibitions of student work in the UK.

Taking centre stage in the university’s City Campus from 3-10 June, the week-long event is completely free to the public and takes place in the university’s Bonington, Newton, Arkwright, Waverley and Barnes Wallis buildings.

Works on show will span visual arts, photography and graphic design; fashion, knitwear and textile design; fashion management, marketing and communication; theatre, media, film and costume design; as well as architecture, interior architecture, product and furniture design.

Two days of catwalk shows and a fashion exhibition on 24 and 25 May will present almost 100 new collections of work from emerging fashion, knitwear and accessory designers.

This year’s event also incorporates a number of creative subject milestones for the university:

  • BA (Hons) Photography marks its 21st successive year of exhibitions in the city with the XXI festival
  • BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television, a course with impressively high numbers of alumni now working in the film and television industry, also turns 21
  • BA (Hons) Decorative Arts celebrates its twentieth cohort of graduates with a richly diverse exhibition of contemporary and traditional craft forms, making it one of the most established 2D and 3D design and craft-based courses in the UK

Alumni of the university include artists such as Wolfgang Buttress, Jon Burgerman, Simon Starling, Noble and Webster, Mat Collishaw, Keith Piper, Rob Ryan, director Jonathan Glazer, actor Paul Kaye, comedian Matt Berry, designers Pearce Fionda and All Saints founder Stuart Trevor.

Barbara Matthews, Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Our annual Degree Show is an exhibition of national significance as it sees some of the most impressive emerging art and design talent in the country go on public display for the first time.

“The event is a magnificent spectacle which gives us a glimpse into the future of design and shows why Nottingham Trent is recognised as a leading creator of the next generation of leading talent.

“Each year our graduating students go on to claim prizes at the most prestigious competitions in the UK, including top awards at Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers London, D&AD, Free Range and more.

“So it’s easy to see why our visitors leave the show each year marvelling at the quality of work on display and excited by the potential our students have to change the world we live in.”

Visitors can see work behind the scenes by visiting the specially created online social media hub at or by using the hashtag #NTUDegreeShow.

The industry launch for creative professionals and industry representatives takes place on Friday 2 June. To attend register at

For all further 2017 NTU Degree Show information, event bookings and tickets visit

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Emerging talent of 1,200 graduating artists and designers to go on show

Published on 24 May 2017
  • Category: Press office; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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