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Art, Design, Fashion and Photography

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You’ll get great support and facilities to help unlock your creative potential at Central. Our art, design, fashion, textiles, 3D and photography studios are equipped with commercially-relevant resources including Mac computers and professional software.

Further Education courses

Experienced current practitioners within the arts and creative industries deliver and support the curriculum using present day trends and techniques.

We offer further education courses from Level 1 to Level 3 providing you with excellent progression opportunities - either here at Central, with other HE providers or into employment.

The programmes are enriched with overseas residentials and visits to national galleries and creative venues.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in creative showcases with other European countries and including an annual residential work Scholarship to Karlsruhe, Germany, supporting and collaborating with design students from the Carl Hofer Schule.

Our end of year shows will enable you to exhibit your work at Central and at a variety of Nottingham venues. Many of our previous students have won awards for their work and your tutors will support you to enter competitions regionally, nationally and internationally.

Our partner college, ncn, also offers courses in visual arts, design and fashion and you can view these here. Find out more about the merger with ncn.

Higher Education courses

There are many benefits to studying a university level course at Central, including

  • 3D workshops, ceramics studio, photographic studio, darkrooms, print-making facilities, CAD suite, gallery space, computer graphics suite
  • Opportunities to work on live projects and work placements with industry partners
  • Participation in national competitions and exhibitions such as New Designers, UK Young Designers and WorldSkills
  • Visits from industry professionals and guest speakers
  • The opportunity to exhibit your work in a final end of year show

We have also included University Level courses run by our partner college, ncn. To find out more about our merger with ncn please visit here.

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Photography (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if are wanting to learn a broad range of photography skills and would like to have a career in photography.

Fashion and Textiles (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you see yourself working as a designer in the world of fashion, textiles, soft furnishings, costume or even in fashion accessories.

Fashion and Textiles (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you see yourself working as a designer in the world of fashion, textiles, soft furnishings, costume or even in fashion business.

Fashion Business (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a passion for fashion and an interest in working within the retail/business side of the industry.

Digital Photography for Improvers - Part-time

You will build of the skills you developed as a beginner, enabling you to become a confident user of your digital camera and explore more complex photo editing. 

Graphic Design Foundation Degree - Full or Part-time

This course is the perfect option if you want to explore your creativity, take risks, build your confidence, and prepare to reach your potential within the industry.

Fashion Foundation Degree - Full & Part-time

The course is perfect if you’re looking for a practical hands-on degree in fashion with strong links to the fashion industry. 

Digital Design Foundation Degree - Full or Part-time

This is a lively, practical, hands-on course designed to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to work at the cutting edge of the fast-moving digital design industry.

Design BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree - Full or Part-time

If you already have an HND or foundation degree this course allows you to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Design with just one further year of study (or two years on a part-time basis).

Digital Photography for Beginners - Part-time

Learn how to use your digital camera in a friendly, social environment and gain confidence using a digital camera and online editing software.

  • editing photos

Fine Art Practice Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This course embraces a full range of disciplines, allowing you to work in the materials and methods of your choice, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, photography, installation, intervention, performance and digital technologies.

Photography Practice Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

Becoming a professional photographer is about so much more than just taking great pictures. This course will encourage your creative side and develop your professional skills.

Art Foundation Studies (Level 3/4) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’re serious about progressing to one of the country’s top art schools. Our highly-regarded art foundation course will help you to redefine your barriers, focus your creative direction and choose the degree course or creative employment  pathway which is right…

Graphic Design and Illustration (Level 3) - Full-time

The course is perfect if you love drawing, working to briefs and developing conceptual ideas, and you want to go onto a related foundation course or degree and/or a career in graphic design, illustration and visual communication…

Photography (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want the techniques needed to take consistently high-quality photographs, as well as the skills and insight necessary for a career in the exciting world of photography or a related industry.

Photography (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want a creative grounding in taking photographs and exploring the art of displaying images on the page, both digitally and using more traditional methods. 

Architecture and 3D Design (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love art and want to explore how it is applied to buildings and architectural structures. A perfect start to a career in architecture or 3D design.

Art and Design (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your interest in art in all its forms and want to pursue a future in the creative industries.

Art and Design (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’ve got a creative streak and you want to explore your skills and get started studying in an enthusiastic and  engaging environment.

Art and Design (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love a challenge, have a keen eye for detail and have a growing talent for drawing, painting and designing.

Fashion, Textiles and Decorative Arts (Level 3) - Full-time

Whether you see yourself working as a designer in the world of fashion, textiles, soft furnishings, costume or even in fashion retail, this course will give you the freedom to develop your skills.

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