Norwich University of the Arts

Introduction

About NUA

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

From a city centre campus that boasts cutting-edge facilities to an approach to teaching which saw us awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked 10th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, our reputation for excellence is well-earned.

NUA has thrived as an established University, developing a national reputation as an innovative and creative academic community, with a firm commitment to offering vocational, practice-based courses that afford students space to develop their skills and pursue their passion.

At the heart of it all, our students. Artists, designers, makers. Bringing diverse interests and unique perspectives, they share a desire to be challenged and inspired. To learn from the past and shape the future.

Our mission statement

NUA’s mission is to be the best specialist university for arts, design, architecture and media study in Europe, producing graduates of the highest quality and inspiring students and staff to achieve excellence in the creative and cultural spheres.

History of Norwich University of the Arts

1845 The Norwich School of Design is founded in 1845 by the artists and followers of the Norwich School of Painters, the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting.
1965 Approved to offer degree-level provision through the Diploma in Art and Design.
1965 onwards Twin strengths in Painting and Graphic Design emerge, under a group of exceptional practitioners and teachers, making a mark on the national art and design scene.
1975 First BA Honours degree courses offered validated by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).
1989 Great Yarmouth College of Art incorporated into the School.
1993 First MA courses introduced through an academic agreement with Anglia Polytechnic.
1994 Incorporated as a Higher Education Institution, re-named as Norwich School of Art and Design.
1995 First research degree student registered for PhD study.
2008 Granted the power to award degrees up to Masters level and re-named as Norwich University College of the Arts.
2012 Granted University title by the Privy Council, becoming Norwich University of the Arts. Appoints its first Chancellor – the actor Sir John Hurt.

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The University was established as an independent higher education institution under Section 121 of the Education Reform Act 1988 and is a recognised body with taught degree awarding powers. The University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). Information about the University’s status can be found on the OfS Register and on the list of recognised bodies published on the UK Government (GOV.UK) website. The OfS regulatory framework will come fully into force from 1 August 2019. From 1 April 2018 until 31 July 2019 the University will be subject to the OfS Transitional Arrangements.

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA Communication Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Get to the heart of how design shapes our understanding of issues, our environment and each other on our practice-led MA Communication Design Masters degree course. [+]

Overview

As you grow your expertise in critical aspects of communication design you’ll have the chance to explore areas including graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, information design, interactive communication, multimedia and typography.

Refine your communication design skills

From moving image and sound to questions of brand management and publishing, you’ll stretch your skills and ambition as a postgraduate student at NUA. As you develop your own voice and practice through experimentation, you’ll also have the chance to critically examine key design and communication issues such as sustainability, new technology, new audiences and markets, inclusivity and ethics.... [-]


MA Curation

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Hands-on curatorial experience and individual, practice-based projects form the foundation of our MA Curation Masters degree. [+]

Overview

Exploring the idea of “exhibition” in its broadest sense across the field of contemporary art, you’ll engage with gallery-based exhibitions and projects in non-traditional venues, site-specific interventions and public art projects.

Relevant, current and innovative

Reflecting the latest thinking across curatorial studies, this practical and relevant postgraduate course acknowledges the emergence of the artist-curator, as well as more traditional routes to curatorial practice.

You’ll consider the possibilities offered by a range of platforms, from traditional museum collections, museology and archives, to virtual and interactive methods.

You’ll be aided in developing self-initiated curatorial projects, which will see you innovating and exploring ways to cultivate new audiences.... [-]


MA Fashion

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Develop your signature style and explore the conceptual contexts of your work on our MA Fashion Masters degree course. [+]

Overview

If you’re ready to test the boundaries of what fashion means in the 21st century and push your personal and professional philosophy to new limits, this postgraduate fashion course will provide the ideal platform.

Develop your unique voice

Your compelling creative voice will emerge as you work with different materials and processes.

Your practice will embrace digital, technological and cultural innovation as you develop a clear understanding of how to use promotion and platforms to showcase your work.

Expert studio technicians will support your exploration of bespoke tailoring; experimental cutting and draping methods; the traditions and craft of haute couture; hand and machine finishing techniques; and the use of contemporary technologies.... [-]


MA Fine Art

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

A supportive environment that encourages artistic innovation, exploration and debate await you on our MA Fine Art Masters degree course. [+]

Overview

As a postgraduate student at NUA, you’ll accelerate your artistic practice, exploring the role of the artist in society and testing your ideas against contemporary issues and critical debates.

Master your skills in a stimulating environment

You may choose to specialise in – or combine – areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, spatial and time-based practice. You’ll master skills relevant to your artistic interests and you’ll be supported in the development of wider expertise, from exhibition and presentation to ethics and audience awareness.

Working alongside students from other postgraduate degree courses at NUA, you’ll be part of a community of artists, makers and visiting artists that forms a stimulating and active research environment.... [-]


MA Games

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Combine creative flair and technical skill on the MA Games Masters degree course at the UK’s Best Educational Institution (2017 TIGA Games Industry Awards). [+]

Overview

As a postgraduate student at NUA, you’ll collaborate with like-minded peers and be guided by subject specialist staff. You’ll enjoy interdisciplinary sessions with students from across our range of MA courses as you work towards your ambition of a career in the games industry or wider creative sector.

Refine your industry-ready skillset

Ensuring you graduate ready to meet the demands of a rapidly-evolving industry, this course will accelerate the development of your games design skillset.

Alongside broader research into the social, technical, economic and cultural context in which games are produced, you’ll specialise in one of three areas, following a clearly-defined path of study in Concept Art (and Sequential Narrative), Asset Production or Indie Development.... [-]


MA Moving Image and Sound

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Take your practice to new heights, refine your technical skills and explore the cultural and historical context of your work on our Creative Skillset accredited MA Moving Image and Sound Masters degree course. [+]

Overview

Challenge your audio-visual practice and strive for originality through experimentation with concepts, issues and materials relating to moving image and/or sound design.

Collaborate

As a postgraduate student at NUA, you’ll join a community of practitioners and researchers with diverse specialisms, giving you valuable opportunities to work collaboratively as well as individually.

Through intensive study and comprehensive technical workshops, you’ll develop the practical and conceptual skills required to create original and innovative work to exacting professional standards.

Specialise

Depending on your specialism, you’ll have the chance to engage with a wide range of audio-visual methods. These include: 2D Digital; CGI and stop-motion animation film and moving image production; motion graphics; scripting and narrative; pre-production and post-production skills and techniques; sound design.... [-]


MA Photography

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Innovation of your practice and the development of critically-informed perspectives are the guiding principles of our MA Photography Masters degree course. [+]

Overview

State-of-the-art studios and digital darkrooms will give you the freedom to develop a distinctive authorial voice through advanced study of photographic practice.

Theory and practice

While our postgraduate photography course is practice-led, taught components consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography. From collaboration, aesthetic/anti-aesthetic and technological determinism, to the impact of emerging technologies, you’ll tackle a wide range of topics related to your practice.

You’ll also be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the professional and commercial contexts for your work, as well as exploring the possibilities for moving image in contemporary photography.... [-]


MA Textile Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

Combining creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, our MA Textile Design Masters degree course will develop and refine your expert knowledge of textile design. [+]

Overview

You’ll work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing the latest digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and the commercial potential of your work.

Hone your textile design skills

You’ll be encouraged to push your imagination and stretch the boundaries of the discipline through the creative use of materials, processes and concepts.

Course tutors and workshop technicians teaching on this postgraduate course are also practitioners, with extensive and diverse experience in areas including digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, illustration, dye and weave. The breadth and depth of their knowledge will benefit you as you experiment and develop your practice through exhibitions and national competitions.... [-]


Contact

Norwich University of the Arts

Website https://www.nua.ac.uk
Phone +44 (0)1603 610561