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.
School of Art & Design launch five innovative projects to create inclusive opportunities within the curriculum
The Nottingham Trent University School of Art & Design is pleased to announce the 2020/21 funded projects as part of The Collaboratory.
23 March 2021
NTU fashion design students upcycle textile waste for rough sleeping outerwear
Nottingham homelessness charity Emmanuel House Support Centre and Nottingham Trent University’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design course have joined forces to launch this year’s #EmmanuelhouseNTU project.
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.
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.
Over 1,000 first year Art & Design students collaborate creatively in an online event
First year students in the School of Art & Design took part in an online collaborative event, the first of it's kind at NTU.
Introducing JOIN: a digital community platform to connect and empower young creatives
The School of Art & Design is launching a new digital platform for JOIN, a creative collective community initiative for all students to connect, with each other and the outside world.
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.
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.