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NTU Art and Design Degree Shows Festival

Friday 30 May - Saturday 7 June 2014 

Nottingham Trent University is an internationally renowned provider of Art and Design education, dating from 1843. In 2014 we will see over 1,200 Art and Design students showcase their work in a festival of celebration, which will span the country.

Our annual degree shows are a highlight in the University's and city of Nottingham's calendar and the culmination of much hard work and commitment from our Art and Design students. They give the University a chance to showcase the original, innovative and inspiring work that is being produced within the School of Art & Design, and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at undergraduate level.

During the shows, our students exhibit both locally and nationally, taking part in catwalk shows and festivals around the city of Nottingham, presenting comprehensive exhibitions at the University, and having a presence at a range of prominent and prestigious London shows.

Nottingham is proud of its rich, creative heritage and we invite you to join our celebrations by viewing the work of our graduating students.

We have a host of exhibitions, shows, and other activities for the general public to enjoy. Take a look through our website pages and we look forward to seeing you during the festival!

Have you heard about Bonington Gallery?
Based within Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Gallery delivers a cultural programme of exhibitions, events and publications, to encourage student engagement and enable public involvement with the work of the University and the wider discourses of Art, Design and Visual Culture, including international exhibitions. Visit the website to find out more and to view the gallery programme.

Art and Design heritage

170 Years of Art and Design

Our School of Art & Design is one of the most established in the UK, with educational roots dating back to 1843 when the Nottingham Government School of Design was founded, and from which the current School of Art & Design evolved. It rapidly became the established home of creative talent in the city, with foundations laid in 1863 for the Waverley building on Waverley Street, which is still an intrinsic part of the School and university.

Today, we have a vibrant and proactive creative community within NTU that continues to inspire and influence art and design. Our international reputation for art and design education and the wealth of local heritage in design and creativity is renowned. NTU is pivotal to the cultural and economic growth of Nottingham and we continue to strengthen our global relationships with international brands, companies, partner organisations and professional bodies.

To celebrate our heritage, from October 2013, we will be hosting a number of exciting and ambitious events that will demonstrate how NTU has supported, shaped and influenced industry. We will also share our plans for the future, including how the University will continue to invest in art and design education and maintain our unique standing. Events will celebrate the success of our current students and graduates while, at the same time, we look to raise funds to support the next generation of artists and designers.

To find out more, visit the website


Nottingham events

NTU Art and Design Degree Shows Festival

Photography Festival

Monday 26 May – Friday 6 June
Various locations, Nottingham

The 18th annual Nottingham Trent University photography festival, will see some 100 BA (Hons) Photography students exhibit their final-year work across various locations in the city of Nottingham, including a showcase exhibition in the University's Bonington building on its City site. The students are responsible for organising, planning, and realising the vision for this inspiring festival of photography.

Fashion Knitwear catwalk shows

Wednesday 21 May, 6 pm and 8 pm (two shows)
Newton building, City site

Fashion Design catwalk shows

Thursday 22 May, 6 pm and 8 pm (two shows)
Newton building, City site

View some truly inspirational garments from the UK's next generation of fashion design and knitwear designers at our annual catwalk shows.

Art and Design Degree Shows: Private View

Thursday 29 May, 5 pm – 9 pm Nottingham Trent University, City site

We will be hosting a special preview evening on Thursday 29 May 2014 where guests will have the opportunity to take a sneak preview of the shows; network with hundreds of businesses, creative professionals and university academics; talk to our students about graduate employment; and purchase bespoke student work.

Art and Design Degree Shows: Public View

Friday 30 May – Saturday 7 June Nottingham Trent University, City site

Be the first to see this year's cohort of artists and designers as students from the School of Art & Design and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, showcase their innovative and inspiring work to the public. Make your way to the Bonington building to start your tour, but make sure you plan in plenty of time to see all the wonderful work on display!

Art and Design Degree Shows: Portfolio advice sessions and exhibition tours

Monday 2 – Friday 6 June

Are you thinking of applying to university to study an art and design subject and would like some free advice on how to build your portfolio? Our Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach team are hosting special portfolio advice sessions during the shows, which will also include the chance to have an exclusive guided tour of the shows led by our students.

Nottingham Summer School 2014: creativity, culture, history and heritage

Monday 30 June – Friday 18 July
Nottingham Trent University, City site

On this creative, informative and unique summer school you will experience a lively academic programme that combines contemporary arts, media and design thinking with the study of British culture, history and heritage.

Courses for 14 – 17-year-olds

Nottingham Trent University, City site

Four-day courses, led by expert tutors, for young creative people. Courses include, new techniques to enhance your portfolio; concept art for game design; fashion design; fashion portfolio; film making; graphic design; photography; and wildlife photography.



London events

Our final-year students, as part of the shows, exhibit at a number of high profile national events.

Our students will be at the events listed below in 2014.

Graduate Fashion Week

Saturday 31 May - Tuesday 3 June 2014
Earls Court 2, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA
NTU catwalk show: TBC

A selection of our BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students will showcase their garments on the runway at Graduate Fashion Week; the world's leading event for fashion graduates. If you're in industry, why not visit our catwalk show? (The date is to be confirmed)

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, BA (Hons) Fashion Management, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding, and BA (Hons) International Fashion Business courses will also be exhibiting at Graduate Fashion Week.

Tickets and further information: email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 3778. 

Free Range

The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Our BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design courses will be exhibiting at Free Range, the number one platform for the next crop of creatives to showcase their work in the fields of fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design. 

D&AD New Blood

Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 July 2014
Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6AA

This three-day festival is another highlight in the creative calendar, presenting the work of the very best emerging talent in the UK. 

Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Multimedia courses will be exhibiting at this event.

New Designers

Part 1: Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 June 2014
Part 2: Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 July 2014
Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH

As with many of the London shows NTU exhibits at, New Designers has been a very successful venue for us with many of our students scooping top awards. This year we will be exhibiting:

To find out more, please contact us or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8327.

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