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Creative and Digital

Creativity and innovation are intrinsic to NTU.

With an established design heritage dating back to its formation as one of the UK’s earliest art schools in 1843, Nottingham Trent University benefits from outstanding links with industry, professional organisations and partners in the creative and digital sectors on local, national and international levels.

Our partners

Our current creative and digital strategic partners are:

  • Creative Quarter - The Creative Quarter Company is an economic initiative set up in partnership between NTU and Nottingham City Council, supporting the development of Nottingham's creative and digital start-ups and SMEs.
  • Nottingham Post - The Nottingham Post is published by MGN Ltd, part of Reach PLC. Reach is Britain's largest newspaper, magazine and digital publisher, with a print and online portfolio reaching 38.6 million people every month.

Read more about our strategic partners.

Linking with industry

Computers within NTUs Mac Suite

With a focus on the development of talent, skills, innovation and research opportunities, we work with partners across both established and emerging businesses, and welcome new challenges and approaches.

Industry collaborations, briefs and live projects, work experience, research and professional development are key elements of courses connecting with the creative and digital sectors, developing the skills to meet the demands and practices of a global market.

Businesses we work with benefit from student talent and insight; many use this as a route to recruitment.

Locally, we are a partner of the Nottingham Creative Quarter (CQ), an economic development initiative located within the city centre. The CQ was set up to attract and support the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital businesses, providing opportunity and expertise for student and graduate development.

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Our industry-standard facilities include excellent fashion, knitwear and textile design, construction and manufacturing resources; digital design, laser and printing technologies; photographic, green screen and motion capture facilities; product and furniture design workshops; fully supported MAC and CAD suites, as well as the Centre for Broadcast Journalism and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

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Supporting SMEs

We are committed to supporting SMEs in the cultural sector. Current major interventions in this area include The Big House, the Enabling Innovation Design Hub, and our collaboration with Nottingham's Creative Quarter Company.

For more information about NTU's creative and digital strategic partners, please get in touch by calling +44 (0)115 848 8277 or emailing