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Show Time 2015


It's show time!

Doors Open:
Friday 29 May - Saturday 6 June 2015

Nottingham Trent University will once again open its City site in a celebratory festival of art, design and innovation.

Showcasing the original, innovative and inspiring work being produced within the internationally renowned School of Art & Design, and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at undergraduate level, the festival is always a highlight of the University's calendar.

During the show, 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.

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.

Take a look at what's coming soon at Bonington Gallery.

Image credit: Lead graphics by Steven Tinkler, BA (Hons) Graphic Design 2014; Kirsty Gould, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2014; Chester Carr, BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television 2014; Alana Deighan, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion 2014. 

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.

Throughout 2014 we celebrated our heritage by hosting a number of exciting and ambitious events that  demonstrated how NTU has supported, shaped and influenced industry. 

Visit our 170 Years website to find out more!

Nottingham events

Fashion Knitwear catwalk shows

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 6 pm and 8 pm (two shows)
Newton building, City site

Fashion Design catwalk shows

Thursday 21 May 2015, 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.

These shows are ticketed, tickets will be available in due course.

Art and Design Degree Shows: Private View

Thursday 28 May 2015, 5 pm – 9 pm
Nottingham Trent University, City site

We will be hosting a special preview evening on Thursday 28 May 2015 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 29 May – Saturday 6 June 2014
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 Community Day 2015

Saturday 30 May 2015
Nottingham Trent University, City site

We are offering students of all ages the opportunity to explore the Festival with their friends and family. The day will include exclusive guided tours of the shows, Art and Design workshops and competitions, information on applying to university and finance and the chance to meet our current Art and Design students to find out what they think to studying a creative degree. The day is completely free and lunch will be provided.

Image credits: Izzy Lancaster, BA (Hons) Fashion Design 2014; Kieran Raja, BArch (Hons) Architecture 2014; Jennifer Spencer, BA (Hons) Textile Design 2014.

London events

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

Graduate Fashion Week

Saturday 30 May - Tuesday 2 June 2015
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
NTU catwalk show: To be confirmed

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 and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding courses will also be exhibiting at Graduate Fashion Week.

Tickets and further information: email 

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
  • interior design. 

D&AD New Blood

Tuesday 30 June - Thursday 2 July 2015
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 One: Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 June 2015
Part Two: Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 July 2015
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:

Any Questions?

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

Videos and podcasts
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BA (Hons) Fine Art

BA (Hons) Fashion Management

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design

BA (Hons) Photography

BA (Hons) Theatre Design



As part of their final-year shows, our students produce course catalogues, some of which are available to download below.

Here is a selection of recent videos, produced by our students. 

  • Product Design 
    NTU Design Industries - a behind-the-scenes look into our the preparations undertaken by our BA (Hons) and BSc Product Design, and BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design students before the 2013 Degree Shows.

  • Decorative Arts
    NOTCH - a video created by our 2013 cohort of graduating designers in BA (Hons) Decorative Arts.

A lot of our courses design and create their own websites to showcase their work online. 

  • Fine Art
    NTU Fine Art 2014 - 2014 BA (Hons) Fine Art student website
    CONTINUED - 2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art student website

  • Photography
    BlackBox Festival - 2014 BA (Hons) Photography website
  • Decorative Arts
    Creo-creo - 2014 BA (Hons) Decorative Arts website (in progress)

  • Fashion Communication and Promotion
    X Marks the Spot - 2013 BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion website
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