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Summer schools for 15-17 year olds

Practical courses for the artists, designers and writers of the future who wish to develop a competitive portfolio and experience university life.

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What makes an NTU summer school different?

We take pride in our quality teaching, student support services, and commitment to sustainability - all of which have won several awards. Our dedication to these areas shines through in all of our courses and has helped to make NTU one of the most popular universities in the UK.

Below are a few more reasons for studying a short course with us over the summer.

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Learn new skills with experienced tutors

Our programme is delivered by experts who understand what university admissions tutors are looking for.

As a summer school student, you'll have the chance to ask questions, experience university life and ultimately make an informed decision about your future.

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Make new friends who share your interests

Our summer school is popular with people from all corners of the UK, across Europe and throughout the world. We'll provide you with ideas of things to do in the evenings, and the freedom to explore them at your own pace.

100% of students that completed summer schools with us in 2023 said that they would love to attend another course with us. That's something we're really proud of.

The option of single-room, ensuite accommodation

If you’d like to stay on campus during your summer school, we offer single rooms in shared apartments in our halls of residence, just a minute’s walk to the summer school studios and all of Nottingham's attractions. This also counts towards your DofE Gold Residential award.

Accredited by the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

All of our courses meet the criteria for the DoE Gold Award Residential when you add accommodation to your order.

Experience world-class facilities

Animation Facilities

In our animation facilities, you’ll get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in industry with access to an extensive range of facilities including dedicated moving-image studios, Cintiq drawing stations and games console laboratories.

Architecture Facilities

From our 3D printing area to our concrete lab, our model-making and prototyping studios, we have a range of industry-standard facilities that you will use throughout your Architecture studies.

Architectural Technology Facilities

We have a range of industry-standard facilities that you’ll use throughout your Architectural Technology course, from our creative digital architecture and construction lab, to our model-making studio and construction technology room.

Fashion Management, Marketing and Communications facilities

Our facilities are based in the Barnes Wallis building, offering a dynamic and creative hub with modern teaching spaces designed to encourage collaborative working across our courses.

Fine Art Facilities

Based in the Bonington building, our dedicated art and design hub offers spacious and well-equipped studios and workshops, and a broad range of industry-standard equipment, giving our students access to everything they need to create and innovate.

Media Laboratories

Find out about the range of media facilities and support we have on offer at our City Campus.

Photography Facilities

Find out about the photography facilities and equipment available in NTU's School of Art & Design.

Product Design Facilities

From our prototyping workshop to our woodwork and metal areas, our CAD suite and electronics lab, we have a range of industry-standard facilities that you will use to develop and design projects.

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Life in Notts

Nottingham is very easy to navigate on foot, and is one of the UK’s most popular student cities. As well as our famous tales of Robin Hood, we’re a UNESCO City of Literature, with something new to discover round every corner.

We've also got an award-winning bus network and tramlines to help explore everything Notts has to offer.

A creative city with fantastic galleries and museums

You'll be based in the heart of Nottingham, near all the shops, galleries, cinemas and attractions, old and new. The Creative Quarter, Nottingham Castle and much more are all on your doorstep.