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.
Linking with industry
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.
Nottingham Trent University student wins sustainable design prize
As part of The Campaign for Wool celebrating its tenth year, sustainable outdoor clothing brand Finisterre launched a student competition to design a range of socks. With a focus on sustainability, and specifically the circular economy and how blends could be avoided or degradable synthetic yards used, Finisterre sought designs for a new range of socks, which made using British wool, would embody the spirit and ethos of the brand.
2 February 2021
Shoelaces that light up to increase safety for joggers and cyclists
Textiles experts at Nottingham Trent University have designed shoelaces that light up and flash to improve safety at night for joggers and cyclists.
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.
Fashion and Knitwear design students see their Miffy designs in production
Fashion Design and Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students have been announced winners of the Miffy Design Challenge, with their plush doll designs now available to buy in stores.
NTU’s fashion design students develop ‘slow fashion’ concepts for menswear brand, Melka
In November 2019, Baird challenged final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students to develop a concept collection for Melka. The students were given access to brand archives and samples, dating back to 1946, for inspiration and information.
Fashion brands share industry insight with second year Fashion Management students
A panel of seven BA (Hons) Fashion Management graduates recently attended a special event in London to share industry insight, placement, and career advice with almost 70 current second year students.
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.