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On-campus courses

Our innovative two-week on-campus courses have been designed with international students in mind. They will run from Monday 18 July - Friday 29 July.

On campus courses

Our courses have been designed especially for international students and are engaging and innovative, whilst showcasing NTU and our amazing student city, Nottingham. On successful completion of your course, you will receive a certificate and a results transcript confirming your 10 UK credits.

You will also take part in an exciting social and cultural programme hosted by our friendly team of NTU Student Buddies. The fun starts on Sunday 17 July with our informal meet and greet in our amazing City Global Lounge. You will have chance to introduce yourself to other Summer School students and Student Buddies and have a tour of our city campus.

During the Summer School you will get to meet Nottingham’s infamous Robin Hood, enjoy games afternoons and language cafes, and have a trip to the beautiful city of Oxford.

Take a look at the courses available:

Architecture and Interpretation

An opportunity to explore some of the rich and varied history of architecture in England. You will immerse yourself in the buildings, designs, construction methods and materials whilst learning about the people who lived and worked in Nottingham.

This course is ideal for students who have completed at least one year of an architecture or a related programme, and for students interested in architecture, construction and civil engineering as well as history, heritage, design, photography and art.

You’ll begin with an orientation to Nottingham to help you appreciate the city’s cultural and industrial heritage.

  • The castle and caves of Nottingham bring to life a wealth of architectural history. They also represent the darker side of the city’s past and how people lived and worked through good times and bad, above and below ground.
  • Wollaton Hall (Wayne Manor in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises) will be visited as an example of Elizabethan grandeur, along with a host of other historic buildings.

These visits will be supported by an interactive lecture programme.

You will then move on to explore the concept of place through drawing. You’ll be introduced to the notion of drawing and design as tools for recording, reflecting and communicating ideas around architecture and the built environment.

Throughout the course, you will be developing a personal project. You will explore how historic buildings are being used today, and you will create a report and visual presentation that demonstrates how you would develop one of the buildings to engage new audiences.

  • identify key themes of design and materials used in architecture in the UK and
  • use a range of source materials to produce a proposal for an architectural project. You will
  • reference key moments in social and political history in the UK and how these impacted on the places in which people lived and worked.
  • produce creative, experimental architectural drawings for a specific site in the city and produce an accompanying report that recognises opportunities and constraints.

The course will include group project work and critiques to demonstrate your artistic understanding of drawing and architecture, in addition to your personal project.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the social, historical, artistic and cultural context of architecture in Nottingham.
  • Describe the relationships between historic and contemporary architecture in Nottingham
  • Research and evaluate information about space and place and use it to plan and develop a response to a creative brief
  • Use drawing and digital tools in a way that communicates your creative process.

On the first day of the course you will need to bring:

  • a pen and notebook
  • a camera is useful for recording your visits, and a laptop can be useful but is not essential.

Drawing as a Journey

This course will take you on a challenging creative journey, from observational drawing, life study and drawing on location to more expressive mark-making techniques and creative approaches. The aim is to enable you to create drawings and collages that demonstrate how you respond to new experiences and the environment around you, and how your time in the UK can be expressed in art.

The course is ideal for undergraduate students from all disciplines and any ability.

During the course you will:

  • complete a series of observational drawing projects in the studio and on location around the campus. Classroom activities will be complemented with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Barbara Hepworth Museum
  • have sessions working from the life model, and study topics such as proportion, shading, foreshortening and methods of measurement as well as being encouraged to experiment beyond the boundaries of these conventions.
  • learn how drawing is applied in the design world and the techniques involved in conveying 3D objects and spaces. You will learn about drawing techniques used by professionals and be set a short 3D design brief.
  • begin to free your approach to drawing and mark-making using a variety of different tools and materials. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and reflect, exploring the fundamentals of energy used in drawing, and the resulting actions and gestures.
  • look at the history of mark making, from tribal crafts to contemporary design and complete exercises that experiment with tools and materials. You will learn how you can turn simple marks into more confident drawings.
  • apply the skills learnt to one or more final pieces that will reflect your personal interests and approach.

Throughout the course, practical assignments will be underpinned by theory and art historical references. There will be discussions regarding the importance of drawing throughout history and how it remains relevant today.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the creative process of drawing from sketchbook to final resolved image
  • Describe how specific art history contexts and theories related to drawing are utilised in your project
  • Use a range of drawing materials and techniques to demonstrate energy and expression
  • Demonstrate traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques

On the first day of the course you will need to bring:

  • a selection of pencils / your preferred drawing materials
  • a sketchbook (in a size that suits you)
  • charcoal sticks
  • an eraser, pencil sharpener/craft knife
  • a notepad and pen.

Cybercrime and Cyber-Security

The use of computer technologies is instrumental for everyday life. Just as computer technologies, devices and networking have been expanded, cybercrime has increased too. Cybercrime is developing fast, and an online environment has proven beneficial for cybercriminals.

By participating in this course, you will be introduced to:

  • How cybercrime is perceived in society, politics, and the media
  • The concept of cybercrime and its current and potential impact on a globalised society
  • Gain significant insight into constantly developing crime areas and the challenges to cybersecurity and online policing.

The course is ideal for university-level students who have an interest in cybercrime and cyber-security and have the required English language skills.

On successful completion of this course you will achieve 10 UK credit points / 5 ECTS and a certificate.

English Language and Culture

This course is for students who’d like to improve their English language skills whilst learning about the culture and people of the UK.

This course includes classroom-based English studies and plenty of time exploring the city, experiencing the culture and applying your new English skills. Nottingham is a vibrant city with a rich heritage, making this the ideal place to have fun whilst building your confidence.

On this course you will:

  • spend time with your language tutor, building your skills and confidence in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • take part in interactive workshops, and there’ll be plenty of fun opportunities for practising your skills on campus.
  • explore the city’s history, heritage and culture by visiting attractions, museums and galleries, and put you new language skills to the test.
  • work together on a group project to learn more about the UK, its people and culture.

Studying this course will:

  • enhance your English language level.
  • build confidence in English speaking and writing.
  • develop your formal and informal English language speaking skills.

Students should have a score of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent to join this course.

International Fashion Branding and Design

This course is aimed at fashion design and marketing students who wish to explore design, consumer behaviour and brand development in a UK and international context. It will provide a link between the creative process of fashion design and an understanding of the fashion industry today.

Students who have completed the first year of an undergraduate course related to fashion design or fashion marketing, communication or promotion, and are creative and inquisitive and have a willingness to share ideas with others.

During the course you will:

  • get an introduction to fashion design in the UK, looking at British designers of global significance, such as Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
  • learn how British fashion brands have created a distinct voice in both the UK and international markets.
  • undertake fashion market research, looking at the different tools available to designers when identifying trends, understanding customers, creating a consumer profiles and positioning your brand in the market.
  • visit galleries, museums and places of interest that are relevant to fashion students as well as fashion branding and promotion excursions to the high street, which will help you to identify key themes to support your project.
  • create your fashion collection (garments, accessories or products), responding to your brand research. You will experiment with shape and draping on the stand (if appropriate), using calico or other materials to create innovative new silhouettes. You will also explore drawing and illustration techniques to create unique visuals of your collection.

On the final day you will present your designs alongside a short report about your sources of inspiration. The presentation will include a collection of fashion concepts and illustrations, outcomes of draping in 3D, plus market intelligence and a unique brand identity.

After studying on this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the principles of marketing and branding theory
  • Identify and discuss the diverse global trends that influence consumer and brand positioning
  • Demonstrate your ability to communicate well with others within the context of your work
  • Illustrate your use of a range of established research skills to gather information and evidence.

On the first day of your course you will need to bring:

  • a notepad, sketchbook and pens and pencils;
  • a camera is useful for recording your visits and research, and a laptop can be useful but is not essential.

Photography and Heritage

Through practical sessions and trips around Nottingham, this course will introduce you to exploring and experiencing the world through photography. You will explore photographic processes and techniques for capturing and sharing your experience of the world.

Students who are new to photography but feel competent when using a camera.

Discover Nottingham and its surrounding areas visually and historically. You’ll visit and photograph sites of cultural and visual importance and explore ways of communicating your experience of these places. You will use a variety techniques and methods for making photographs, and then sequence them to express your personal experience. You’ll create a short ‘zine of your work using InDesign.

After studying on this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate a visual response to places and histories
  • evaluate your own work and that of others
  • demonstrate relevant technical skills
  • create photographs that explore ideas

At the end of the course, you will present your project work.

On the first day of your course you will need to bring:

  • a pen and paper
  • a digital SLR camera (DSLR)
  • a memory stick
  • a tripod, if you have one.

There will be plenty of advice during the course about what to buy and where to buy it.

Writing in the Style of Jane Austen

Whether you’re an enthusiastic newcomer to the timeless written work of Austen, or an ardent Janeite, this short course is an opportunity to add your own imagination to the fascinating enigma of Jane Austen and the charm of her literary work.

The courses is ideal for students who are currently studying the classics and considering a career as a writer, playwright or scriptwriter for TV/film.

The quintessentially English style of the Jane Austen’s work and the Georgian period are timeless. They’ve gained popularity throughout the years and continue to do so. Many of her readers like to learn more about the history of the author, her much-loved characters, and Georgian society and fashion.

This course is therefore about understanding these literary classics and includes a creative element by using this new knowledge to write in Jane Austen’s style. You’ll bask in the charm of Jane Austen’s work, learn new literary skills and go on to produce, format and present a piece of written work for an audience.

As part of the course, you will visit Chawton House or Bath, two of the places the Jane Austen lived.

The course is delivered through a series of short projects leading to a final, more developed piece of writing. You will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs or in small groups, and there will be time for peer critiques, demonstrations and lectures.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • describe the historical setting in which Jane Austen wrote
  • explain the genre, literary devices and format that Jane Austen created
  • format a script of novel
  • write a short piece in the style of JA
  • use literary devices to improve your creative writing skills

On the first day of your course you will need to bring:

  • a pen and paper.

Design and Innovation in Business

Being ahead of the competition and standing out from the crowd is essential in today's business world. So is being able to demonstrate your creativity and problem-solving skills. This course will provide you with valuable new skills that will complement your business knowledge and is a must for anyone who wants to develop ways to promote themselves and their ideas.

This course is ideal for students who have completed the first year of a business-related undergraduate degree.

During the course you will:

  • explore the business case for creativity in the workplace.
  • work in teams to solve simple design problems, and experiment with approaches to design thinking which are likely to be new to you.
  • combine classroom lectures with sessions in the design studio and
  • build your understanding of how to think creatively and communicate your ideas to others.
  • try drawing as a tool for improving your observation skills and analysing objects and systems.
  • understand why drawing is the communication tool favoured by professionals of all backgrounds.

You will develop a personal project on marketing and how to launch a new product or service. You will explore presentation skills so that you have a project that demonstrates your awareness of design, marketing, branding and business thinking.

After this course you should be able to:

  • explain the need for creativity in today’s business environment.
  • describe idea generation techniques.
  • discuss consumer behaviour today.
  • use basic sketching and modelling techniques to present concepts effectively.
  • work effectively as a member of a team.
  • manage a project effectively.

On the first day of your course you will need to bring:

  • notepad and pen
  • your camera can be useful for recording processes and prototypes.

Model Making for Furniture Design

This course offers a range of opportunities to extend your practical skills as a designer, providing a platform on which to develop your observational and practical skills. With access to the latest technology as well as traditional resources, you’ll learn to make models using an extensive array of materials, tools and techniques. You’ll develop as an independent thinker who is capable of solving problems and take imaginative leaps into design and creativity.

This course is ideal for students who have completed at least one year of a 3D, product or furniture design related programme at degree level. While no previous experience of model making is necessary, we would like to see plenty of drive and enthusiasm. The course is ideal for students interested in 3D design, design history and art.

The course begins with a series of visits to museums and showrooms, to inspire and inform you of how new materials and technologies have developed furniture design. During these visits, you’ll study furniture and product designs to help you engage with structures, materials and cultural influences. You’ll also undertake drawing exercises that will improve your hand-drawing and observational skills and be introduced to different approaches and materials.

You will then be introduced to a variety of model-making materials and techniques providing you with an understanding of the vital role model-making plays in the conceptual and development stages of design work. You will review materials and processes and learn to appreciate which are indispensable and which are optional. Your models will be made to scale and examples will be used to explain scale how to move between measurements.

The course will include group project work and critiques to demonstrate your artistic understanding of drawing and model-making, in addition to your personal project.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • describe why models are best placed to represent detail and context
  • explain how model-making helps a designer explore the potential of a project and the range of solutions
  • select and use a variety of materials and techniques in drawing and model-making.
  • appreciate and communicate how models can be finished in different styles fit for different purposes.

On the first day of your course you will need to bring:

  • a selection of pencils / your preferred drawing materials
  • a sketchbook (in a size that suits you)
  • eraser, pencil sharpener/craft knife
  • notepad and pen.

Getting to work on projects with people from other nations is an absolutely amazing experience, much needed for future global citizens

Kunwar Thapar, Design & Innovation in Business, 2022

fees and requirements

Fees and requirements

Tuition fees

On-campus course fee: £1,100

Your tuition fee includes:

  • Course materials
  • Access to our library
  • Use of our Global Lounge as your Hub with free drinks and snacks
  • Our social and cultural programme
  • A visit to the beautiful city of Oxford
  • Summer School merchandise.

10% Early Bird discount available for tuition fees paid by 31 March reducing the fee to £990.

Group discounts – We welcome group booking and offer discounts for groups. Please contact us and to discuss your options.


As well as an interest in your chosen subject, we expect students to:

  • Be keen to engage with tutors and other students.
  • Commit to the hours outlined for each programme.
  • Be open to other backgrounds and cultures and be willing to share your own
  • Meet our English language requirements.
International students in classroom

English language requirements

Our Summer School courses are delivered in English and so to be successful and get the most out of your experience you'll need to have a good proficiency in English.

All courses require the equivalent of IELTS 6 with the exception of our English Language and Culture course which requires the equivalent of IELTS 5.5.

We accept a variety of English Language qualifications. Check the table below or email us if you'd like to check your qualification.

English language requirements

If you're booking as a group, please contact us to talk about specific language needs.

We also offer an English and Cultural Studies course as part of our Summer School, if you would like to refresh and improve your English language fluency.

Language testAccepted for most courses

English language O-Level/IGCSE/GCSE

Grade C

International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature, Standard or Higher Level)

Grade 4



College English Test (CET) 4

532* (SET4: B)

College English Test (CET) 6

497 (SET6: B)

College Entrance Exam


Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)


Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

54 with minimum 51 in each component

TOEFL iBT (taken outside the UK) EU students and students who do not require a Tier 4 visa only

Overall score of 76

C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE))

Scores of 169 and above

C2 Proficiency (previously Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE))

Scores of 180 and above

Applicants enrolled on a degree programme at a recognised institution for higher education from one of the following countries are not normally required to provide additional evidence of English language ability

Did you study your degree in English?

American Samoa
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Christmas Island
Cocos Islands
Cook Islands  Dominica
Falkland Islands
McDonald Island
New Zealand
Norfolk Islands
Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
South Africa
St. Helena
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
United States of America
US Virgin Islands
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How to apply

Applications for our on campus courses are now closed.

If you have already applied, we will be in touch with more details about your course, accommodation and travelling to Nottingham.

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