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Nottingham School of Art & Design

We Are Innovators. We Are Thinkers. We Are Creatives.

We are one of the world’s leading art and design schools and we have been influencing, inspiring and innovating for over 175 years. We are guided by our past, focused on our future, and proud to be shaping what comes next.

Located right in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities, we are surrounded by – and contribute to – an originality, energy and imagination that makes Nottingham a very special place to live, work and create.

From nurturing talent to daring research and collaborations that are shaking up the industry, we are breaking convention, and challenging the very ideas of what is possible for an art and design school.

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Our research groups and centres

Artistic Research Centre

An interdisciplinary collegiate research environment with the ambition to continue to be at the forefront of innovation in artistic research processes.

Design Research Centre

A world leading interdisciplinary group of researchers fostering new approaches to design and the use of the latest design techniques and technologies.

Fashion and Textile Research Centre

Representing a complex field in a global context, research in this centre focuses on cultures, heritage, design, business. clothing sustainability, and advanced textiles.

Advanced Textiles Research Group

A thriving research group and a leading institution for advanced textiles research with a global reputation for designing electronically active wearable technology.

Art Research

'Art Research' is the on-going enquiry carried out by the Fine Art staff and technicians at NTU.

Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress

The GCTD Group aims to promote research in textiles and dress that addresses a wide range of critical and practice-based themes. Focusing on the significance and meaning of textiles and dress across cultures and time, and contextualising them as potent aspects of material and visual culture.


The Fashion and Textile Heritage research group has built a strong team of experts in lace history and contemporary creative practice. We deliver innovative cross-disciplinary research, which informs design education and teaching locally, nationally and internationally. Our aim is to deepen an understanding of the importance of the lace industry in forming local and regional identities, and to inspire innovative creative practices for future economic and cultural benefits.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU's research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. The overall quality of each Unit of Assessment NTU submitted to REF in 2021 also saw an improvement from the previous REF in 2014.

Featured Facility: Bonington Gallery

Located within the Nottingham School of Art & Design, Bonington Gallery works with practitioners and institutions from across Europe and beyond.

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