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.
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.
8 April 2020
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.
2 April 2020
Boots set NTU fashion design students a uniform challenge to take them into the future
Boots, the largest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer in the UK challenged second year fashion design students to develop a future-focused working wardrobe.
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 Design student’s dress design hits the Oasis rails as part of a collection inspired by Nottingham’s Lace Archive
Robert Goddard’s design was chosen by the public to feature in a party collection collaboration with the university’s Lace Archive
MA Fashion Knitwear Design student shortlisted for Woolmark x Adidas Performance Challenge
Phoebe Edwards has reached the final of this inaugural global competition, aimed at the development of new sports and performance product applications by innovative tertiary 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.