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Art, Design, Fashion and Media UAL Diploma Level 1 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you've got a creative streak and you want to explore your skills and get a feel for what it’s like to study in an enthusiastic and engaging environment, this course is the perfect platform for a career in the creative industries.

Many of our art and design students have gone on to successful careers – take Rory Longdon – he won the George Gold Award last year leading to his collection being developed and sold at Asda stores.

You’ll study at the ncn Adams campus which is steeped in history and packed with amazing facilities and spaces. 

Course content

You’ll learn about the different aspects of art, design, fashion and media with the aim of helping you to understand certain skills that are needed in each area. The practical sessions will give you exposure to drawing, painting, fashion design, using multi-media, TV, film, printing, 3D design and radio.

Students will have the chance to specialise in one of the areas enabling you to progress on to a Level 2 course.

Entry requirements

Students must have ALL of the following: 

• 3 GCSEs (including Art, Design, Textiles or Design Technology), or equivalent 
• A satisfactory interview
• Successful assessment activities including literacy & numeracy
• A portfolio of art and design work

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.


All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100.

Future opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to progress to Level 2 courses in their chosen vocational area.

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!