Norwich University of the ArtsBy Norwich University College of the Arts Feb 01, 2013 1:43AM UTC
Norwich University of the Arts was rated the top specialist art, design and media institution in England by the Guardian University Guide in 2012. The school offers high-quality creative degree programmes that benefit from strong industry links. For students in Asia seeking an international creative arts degree, NUA is a leading contender.
NUA has been in operation for nearly 170 years here in eastern England. Norwich is a charming place to live and study, with lively streets and abundant medieval architecture. The university is housed in seven buildings on St Georges Street, a pedestrianised avenue in Norwich town centre. International students jump at the chance to earn a British creative arts education in such an inspiring setting. This, in turn, contributes to the vibrancy of the campus, introducing opportunities for cultural engagement.
The university hosts a community of around 2,000 creative minds. This is an ideal size for arts education. The student body is large enough to support world-class facilities, while small enough to foster an environment in which individuals can interact and express themselves without feeling lost or overlooked.
Norwich University of the Arts offers undergraduate coursework in comprehensive selection of art and design fields. At the undergraduate level, students can pursue degrees in Animation, Architecture, Fashion, Film, Fine Art, Game Art and Design, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Textile design.
At the postgraduate level, the emphasis is on practice-based work, with a strong current of academic rigour. Staff members are practitioners themselves, and they bring their own experience to bear in lectures, classroom discussion and workshops.
The following are the major postgraduate degrees offered at NUA:
MA Communication Design
This program is highly relevant to life in the 21st century. The course is industry-focused and equips students to become leaders in the international design community.
This course is taught by leading practitioners in curation and involves workshops, industry lectures and collaborative projects.
MA Fine Art
The traditional Fine Art degree cultivates a creative environment through which grad students can take on challenging projects.
Innovative fashion design requires creativity along with a strong dose of technical excellence, both of which are nurtured and developed at NUA.
MA Moving Image and Sound
This programme can be taken in several directions, including CGI 3D animation, character development for games, motion graphics, narrative development and much more.
MA Textile Design
Students in this programme develop skills in printed, constructed or digital textiles, with a focus on traditional crafts.
Grad students at NUA pursue degrees in advertising, editorial and fashion photography.
Facilities are key to any creative arts programme, the NUA’s are among the best in the industry. Offerings begin with the university’s workshops and studios, which provide technical facilities for use in everything from woodworking to digital design. Resources include 3D workshops, drawing space, design studios and a media lab.
A National Student Survey recently rated the NUA library as the best in the sector. It houses more than 33,000 books and hundreds of DVDs, and students benefit from the library’s subscription to more than 400 journals and periodicals. This makes the NUA library the largest of its kind in eastern England.
There are a variety of outlets through which students can display their work. Foremost among these is The Gallery at NUA, which is located in the Norwich city centre of Norwich. The Gallery stages exhibits and events by internationally renowned artists and media practitioners. These exhibitions are accompanied by seminars led by curators and specialists.
Life in Norwich
The university campus is integrated into the city itself, so being part of the NUA student community means that you’ll be plugged into the city at large, as well. Three University Halls provide accommodation, and priority is given to international students.
Norwich regularly rates as one of the greenest and safest cities in the UK, and this is due in part to the spirit of innovation and community fostered through NUA. The cultural scene at Norwich is rich and diverse, and there are plenty of ways for artists, musicians, writers and media makers to get involved in community events.