Art & Design

On this page you will find many useful resources suitable for your course including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources, websites and videos.

Finding Art and Design Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here


You can access Fashion eBooks for free from home or college 24/7, which means no lugging heavy books around! Click on one of the eBooks below or visit our eBooks section to search for even more titles. You may need to log in via Shibboleth, or through your institution. Just select 'Northampton College' and log in using your student ID and password.

Design Thinking for Visual Communication
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The Textile Book
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Illustrating Fashion
Read on Ebook Central

Magazines and Journals

The Library subscribes to a number of course specific and general interest magazines, journals and newspapers across the centres. You may find the publications below useful for your course or subject area. You can also view our full collection of weekly and monthly publications here.

Crafts magazine
Dazed magazine

Art & Design eResources

Here is a list of commonly used resources. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

Aesthetica logoAesthetica Magazine: Aesthetica is a worldwide destination for art and culture providing in-depth features showcasing today’s most innovative practitioners across art, design, photography, architecture, music and film.
Artcyclopedia logoArtcyclopedia covers all things art including individual artists and movements over the centuries.
Art Monthly logoArt Monthly gives you access to articles on art news. exhibition listings and artist interviews.
Art News logoArt News: An American magazine that is read worldwide. Features reviews, collection information and back issues.
Art UK logoArt UK: Art UK are a charity dedicated to making art available to everyone. Access artist profiles, blog posts, articles, venue news, podcasts and more.
A-N logoA-N: A-N is a UK member organisation for artists. Find news, information, support and advice here.
Association of Illustrators logoAssociation of Illustrators: A UK Organisation who supports illustrators, hosts awards and helps protect artist rights.
Crafts Council logoCrafts Council provides information and inspiration from contemporary crafts in the UK.
Design Curial logoDesign Curial: Encompassing architecture, design, art and interiors, Design Curial has opinion pieces, news, awards and events for all art and design interests.
The Design Museum logoDesign Museum explores innovation and excellence in all areas of design including industrial design, graphics and multimedia, fashion and architecture.
de zeen logoDe Zeen: A world famous architecture, interior design magazine. Browse articles, opinion pieces and jobs.
Digital Arts logoDigital Arts: An online magazine covering illustration, branding, graphic design, UX, 3D, VFX and VR.
Getty Images logoGetty Publications: The J. Paul Getty trust is an organisation dedicated to visual arts. Their blog explores all things art related and you can access the Getty Magazine for free as well as explore their Virtual Library.
Google Arts & Culture logoGoogle Arts & Culture allows you to access high resolution images of a large number of artworks from some of the world's leading galleries.
Heni Talks logoHENI Talks has a growing catalogue of short films about art history from leading artists, curators and academics.
Pixabay logoPixabay is a great source of high quality, public domain stock photos and images.
The National Gallery logoThe National Gallery: You can search the entire collection of The National Gallery. You can view the paintings in detail and go behind the scenes, go on virtual tours, view articles and videos to give you an insight in to the world of art.
Tate logoTate Life Drawing Masterclass: Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective.
Vads logoVads includes over 140,000 images from over 300 art collections in the UK, free to use for educational purposes.
Vogue Archives logoThe Vogue Archive is an incredible resource for anyone with an interest in fashion. Explore back issue of Vogue as far back as 1892!

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White Cube logoWhite Cube: One of the world's leading contemporary art galleries, The White Cube website offers online art exhibitions.

Planet eStream Videos

Planet eStream is an amazing video-on-demand service that holds thousands of film, TV and radio resources for use with your studies. Click below to search  videos you may find useful for your course.

To log in:

  1. Go to Planet eStream
  2. Enter your College login details and password then click Log in

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Information and Study skills

The Library can offer support within any of the following areas. Click on any of the topics below to go to the Information and Study Skills Moodle page which includes Study Smart courses for each topic as well as activities, PowerPoint presentations and useful information leaflets.

The Library's Learning Facilitators are available to support you in developing your writing, computer, information and study skills. They are here to help you on your path to independent learning. If you need help with any of the areas listed above please talk to a Learning Facilitator.

Please note that access to Learning Facilitators this year is via appointment only. Please email with information on which areas or topics you would like help with. We will then arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.

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