Norwich University of the Arts

Introduction

NUA emphasises learning and discovery through studio and workshop practice, critical reflection and experimentation with ideas, processes and materials. Other learning and teaching methods include lectures, individual and group tutorials, placements and work-related learning, alongside technical demonstrations, exhibition practice and other presentations of students' work.


Students' progress is assessed in a number of ways. All courses provide clear information about the work required for assessment, and the criteria which are used in assessment. Courses make considerable use of group critiques where students present their work for discussion. Courses also use self-evaluation and peer evaluation to complement the assessment of work by tutors. Students come into contact with a wide range of staff, all of them committed to supporting learning. As well as academic staff, these include staff in technical workshops, the Library and Careers Service, and Student Support.



Independent Learning


Independent learning complements and builds upon the teaching you receive on your course. Key aspects of learning develop through the acquisition of research skills, the generation and development of ideas, and independent study. Learning Agreements are used by courses to support independent study and to enable students to focus, direct and negotiate their individual pathway through the course.


Work-related learning


All NUA courses offer students opportunities to undertake periods of work placement in order to reinforce their professional development and awareness. Other types of work-related learning emphasised by courses include: guest lectures or workshops led by visiting artists and designers; 'live' projects or commissions for external clients; mentoring by practising artists and designers; and projects which simulate professional practice in the creative sectors. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in regional and national competitions for artists and designers such as the Starpack Packaging Awards and Design & Art Direction Awards, often achieving significant success.

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Master in Curation

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Curation is a process of mediation and creative thinking and this course will provide a direct experience of developing and managing this practice [+]

MA Curation

Curation is a process of mediation and creative thinking and this course will provide a direct experience of developing and managing this practice.

This MA is distinctive in that it will appeal to applicants who are creative practitioners and historians of art, design and media as well as those from a humanities or even a science background, who have interests in communicating visually through traditional and alternative spaces.

The course team views curation in its widest sense, and will support you in bringing together objects, still and moving images and/or texts into a coherent, contextualised and critical whole.

 

The exhibition may encompass a range of public outcomes across the areas of art, design and media, from gallery-based displays to film programmes, from public art to open access archives.... [-]


Master in Fine Art

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Fine Art at NUCA provides a stimulating and creative environment in which to challenge and define your practice, within the context of professional and contemporary possibilities. The course will [+]

MA Fine Art

Fine Art at NUCA provides a stimulating and creative environment in which to challenge and define your practice, within the context of professional and contemporary possibilities. The course will support you to develop and enhance the intellectual and practical skills you require to generate an art practice of high quality.

MA Fine Art will enable you to engage in a range of studio practice and students may elect to specialize in or combine areas that include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. There is potential for students to work collaboratively as well as individually. Fundamental to the course is the notion of a practice-led investigation, supported by appropriate research methods.... [-]


Master in Moving Image and Sound

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The media industries are driven by high energy creative thinking and the potential of evolving technologies. The course is responsive to these industry expectations and will equip students with the [+]

MA Moving Image and Sound

The media industries are driven by high energy creative thinking and the potential of evolving technologies. The course is responsive to these industry expectations and will equip students with the professional, practical and conceptual skills to engage in a range of employment possibilities.

MA Moving Image and Sound is delivered through an experienced academic and technical staff team to support those looking to expand their professional skills and technical abilities, as well as gaining confidence in contributing to current practice through innovation in concept and approach. Depending on your chosen specialism the course will support you in engaging with audio-visual production, motion graphics, sound, traditional and CGI 2D and 3D animation, character and asset development for games, scripting and narrative, and skills in pre- and post-production work.... [-]


Master in Photography

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Choosing MA Photography* at NUCA will enable you to work in a creative, collaborative and professionally focused environment. NUCA has an established reputation in the specialist fields of [+]

MA Photography

Choosing MA Photography* at NUCA will enable you to work in a creative, collaborative and professionally focused environment. NUCA has an established reputation in the specialist fields of editorial, advertising and fashion photography.

The MA in Photography emphasises the importance of professional and business skills alongside creative practice and is designed to support you in producing a highly individual body of work and an informed commercial practice. The course explores the relationship between fine art and commercial photography, encouraging an engagement with all areas of the photographic industry in order to develop students as critically-aware, aspirational practitioners.... [-]


Master in Textile Design

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Textile Design is a future-focused and diverse discipline grounded in traditional crafts. This course concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, with students [+]

MA Textile Design

Textile Design is a future-focused and diverse discipline grounded in traditional crafts. This course concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, with students being encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through their creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts.

The course encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, enabling students to consider their practice and the discipline of textiles in a wide context of production and consumption from bespoke artefact to commercial enterprise. Students are expected to work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing digital and technological advancements while developing a strong understanding of materials and processes and an awareness of the market potential for their work. Debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design and production forms an ongoing theme of the course.... [-]


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Master in Communication Design

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Communication Design touches on every aspect of 21st century life. It is of fundamental importance to the way we relate to each other and our environment [+]

MA Communication Design

Communication Design touches on every aspect of 21st century life. It is of fundamental importance to the way we relate to each other and our environment.

This ideas driven, industry focused course will support your intellectual curiosity and equip you with the relevant skills to become an outstanding practitioner in the international design community. NUCA has established a strong reputation for the strength of its graphic and communication design expertise. Graduates find their NUCA credentials are very attractive to potential employers and many former students hold positions in leading design agencies.

This MA will challenge you to reflect on your existing practice and push your ideas as you immerse yourself in current research and trends within the sector. Working alongside academic staff you will be supported to address the professional, theoretical, ethical, technical, conceptual and visual aspects of design. Drawing on our substantial industry standard resources you may work in areas including; image making, typography, web design, product packaging and information design. Ideas generation and experimentation, problem solving and reflection are key skills that will be nurtured throughout this programme.... [-]


Master in Fashion

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Achieving innovation in contemporary fashion design requires creativity driven by technical excellence. The MA Fashion at NUCA emphasises the strong interdependence between creative skills, craft [+]

MA Fashion

Achieving innovation in contemporary fashion design requires creativity driven by technical excellence. The MA Fashion at NUCA emphasises the strong interdependence between creative skills, craft technique, attention to detail and refinement.

With a focus on preparing you both intellectually and professionally for employment, the course supports students who aspire to become leaders in their chosen field within the creative industries. The MA course team encourage students to master traditional skills and couture techniques while developing innovative, conceptual designs. A thorough understanding of technical skills such as pattern cutting, bespoke tailoring, haute couture, draping, garment construction and hand and machine finishing techniques are the hallmark of this professionally focused degree which responds to the requirements on the industry.... [-]