Follow the links below to browse our upcoming short courses.

3D rendered characters
Learn how to design and animate a character in 3D using Maya and ZBrush software. You’ll be introduced to the animation industry, and shown how to create a showreel that will impress potential employers or admissions tutors.
Scale model of building
Create architectural models in our dedicated workshops. You’ll learn how to scale down, read technical drawings, experiment with materials, and produce professional-level photographs of your work.
Sky Mirror
Creative Writing
Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced writer, these courses will develop your skills in writing poetry, short stories, flash fiction, plays and how to approach a full-length novel.
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Fashion, Textiles and Costume
Our popular, practical courses will improve your skills in pattern drafting, knitted textiles and garment construction, and tutu-making and corsetry for costume. You can also develop your CV with new CAD skills, or try your hand at glove-making or dyeing.
Film camera lens
Film and Video
With expert guidance from our tutors, learn how to use your phone or camera to create short videos for marketing and communications.
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Fine and Decorative Arts
Try new approaches to drawing or life studies, or pull up your sleeves for some pottery design and making. Our courses are ideal for beginners and for anyone who wants to refresh existing skills.
Game and Fantasy Arts
Design and manufacture miniature fantasy models for gaming. Our tutor will be on hand to help you let your imagination run wild in our model making workshops.
Mosaic of illustrations and designs
Graphic Design and Illustration
These courses are perfect if you want to better understand the creative processes involved in graphic design or how to use design software in a more effective way. Alternatively, join one of our popular illustration courses and improve your drawing technique.
Colour swatches
Interior Design
Learn about the principles of good interior and spatial design, and work on projects that will expand your knowledge and portfolio. You'll be introduced to the work of professional designers and have the opportunity to develop a personal response when working to a brief.
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Join a daytime or evening course starting in October and learn Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Italian or Arabic. Add valuable new skills to your CV or attend purely for personal enjoyment and meeting new people.
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Multidisciplinary and Portfolios
Improve your core art and design skills, and apply them to a range of engaging projects. These courses are ideal for anyone thinking about attending art school in the future, or if you simply want to learn new skills supported by our expert tutors.
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Perfect for the amateur or improving photographer, these courses will combine creative and technical approaches to working digitally. Specialist courses in fashion and architectural photography are also available.
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Product and 3D Design
Our practical courses allow you to learn the latest CAD software, or get hands-on experience making your own furniture in our specialist wood-machine workshops.


Single room, self-catered accommodation on campus is available during the summer.

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Bespoke courses

Contact us to discuss short courses that meet the needs of your students or colleagues.

We can organise courses in software training, design thinking, the creative process and much more.


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Contact us

  • Short Course Office
    Arkwright Building, Room 204
    Nottingham Trent University
  • 50 Shakespeare Street,
    NG1 4FQ
  • +44 (0)115 848 2813
  • Office times: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:30

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