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Art, Design 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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Theatre Arts Foundation Degree

This course is perfect preparation for a career in the performing arts sector, allowing you to gain professional knowledge, skills and experience in your chosen specialist pathway of acting, dance or technical theatre.

Theatre Arts BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

The course is dedicated to helping you to develop as an independent practitioner in the industry, and is excellent preparation for a teaching career in the subject.

Journalism Foundation Degree

The course has been developed in consultation with media industry experts and gives you the chance to become involved in community projects, external commissions, live briefs, and competitions. 

Graphic Design Foundation Degree

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

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

Digital Media Design BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

The course has a strong focus on business and enterprise and will lay the foundations for your career. 

Digital Design Foundation Degree

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

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).

Painting and Drawing - Beginners

This course aims to provide a supportive atmosphere for you to develop your drawing and painting skills in a range of media.

Foundation Degree in Fine Art Practice (FdA) (Level 5)

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.

Foundation Degree in Photography Practice (FdA) (Level 5)

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.

Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Level 3/4)

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for progression to a higher education course or employment. It provides an exciting and stimulating creative platform for you to bridge the gap between Level 3 study and prestigious…

Graphic Design and Illustration (Level 3)

The course will help you develop skills in visual communication techniques and commercial graphics. We will blend traditional drawing with mixed media and graphic design production so you get a great all-round skill set.

Photography (Level 3)

You will not only learn the techniques needed to take consistently high-quality photographs, but you’ll also get the skills and insight necessary for a career in the exciting world of photography or a related industry.

Photography and Design (Level 2)

Choosing this course will give you a creative grounding in taking photographs and exploring the art of displaying images on the page, both digitally and using more traditional methods.If you want to blend photography with your eye for design, read…

Photography and Creative Media Production (Level 1)

If you’d like to learn about a range of media, including photography, digital editing, animation and video, this course can give you just that! It’s a great base for further study once you find out your own strengths and build…

3D Design - Architecture (Level 3)

If you love art and want to explore how it is applied to buildings and architectural structures, this course can open up a wide range of career options while nurturing your creative talent.

Art and Design - Multi-Disciplinary (Level 3)

This is a dynamic and fast-paced course which will give you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and then go on to specialise in a specific area.

Art and Design (Level 1)

If you love art and design and want the opportunity to try a wide range of art, design and interactive media, then this is the course for you.

Art and Design (Level 2)

This exciting course provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques in the fields of art, graphic design, photography and related digital media.

Fashion, Textiles and Decorative Arts (Level 3)

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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