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NTU Art and Design Summer School

26 June 08 words: LeftLion
Get creative this Summer with the Nottingham Trent University Art and Design Summer School.

Writing for the screen, customising clothing, and photography without a camera are just a few of the courses on offer as part of an impressive summer school developed by Nottingham Trent University. A variety of short courses are being run by the university’s School of Art and Design throughout July and August, with the aim of inspiring individual creativity in young people.

NTU School of Art and Design Studio

The courses – between two and four days long and held across the university’s city campus – are being led by a host of top industry experts. Writer and director Steven Sheil, whose debut feature film Mum & Dad is in the official line-up at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, will take Writing for the Screen. The course, from July 1-3, will aim to give youngsters aged 14-18 the chance to develop an idea into an industry-standard short film.
A range of specialist tutors will take Introduction to Contemporary Crafts from July 16-18, giving youngsters an insight into a variety of craft materials and processes including glass, ceramics, textiles and metal. There will be demonstrations and hands-on projects delivered in dedicated studios by experienced makers, all of whom are associated with the university’s Decorative Arts course.

Customise Your Clothing, which will involve using various printing processes to create personalised garments, runs from July 21-23, and will be tutored by illustrator and textile designer, Kay Van-Bellen, and Alvyn Mills, a Senior Technician in Printed Textiles at Nottingham Trent University.

For those interested in fashion and textiles the Digital Knit course, from July 21-23, will allow them to explore the creative potential of design through the medium of knit. Led by Nicola Francis, the Programme Leader for Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University, participants will use cutting-edge knitting technology and produce fabrics of their own design.

And youngsters can discover the fundamentals of how images are produced by building and using their own series of cameras as part of Photography without a Camera, from July 21-23. The course, being led by photographer and teacher, John Legge, will see students producing their own unique images and exploring cyanotypes, an early photographic process.

Other courses include Photography Movement (July 2-4) Adventures in Narration and Interaction (July 9-10) Capturing the Sonic (July 21-23) Digital Print (July 21-23) Print Processes for Textiles (July 21-23) Weave (July 21-23) and Fashion (August 4-8).

Christine White, Academic Team Leader for Narrative and Interactive Arts at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer an exciting range of opportunities to young people in the region. The courses will not only introduce them to crafts and skills but also to the university’s School of Art and Design and the creative activities that it is possible to go on to study at degree level. We’re looking forward to a particularly inspiring summer working with the next generation of talented young people.”


The School of Art and Design is also running summer school for professionals. Visit for more info.

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