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The University

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is an independent specialist arts, design and media University with a 165 year reputation for excellence.

NUA is dedicated to providing vocational, practice based courses which allow students to enter an exciting and challenging community of artists, designers and makers who share their passions and interests. Whilst the institution’s history can be traced back to 1845, it is contemporary and forward thinking with industry standard facilities in its city centre campus.

Today NUA continues to thrive as an established University sector institution, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community.

Mission Statement

NUA’s mission is to be the best specialist university for arts, design 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.

Welcome to NUA

Take a look at this short film about the student experience at NUA.

NUA Term Dates

Undergraduate Academic Year 2013/14

New Student Induction Week
30/09/13 – 04/10/13

Autumn Term
07/10/13 – 13/12/13

Spring Term
06/01/14 – 04/04/14

Summer Term
28/04/14 – 04/07/14

Postgraduate Academic Year 2013/14

Teaching Block 1
07/10/13 – 31/01/14

Teaching Block 2
03/02/14 – 30/05/14

Teaching Block 3
02/06/14 – 12/09/14

History Timeline

  • 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 coursed 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 John Hurt CBE.

Watch an interview with NUA Chancellor John Hurt CBE on his investiture at the University.

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Quality Assurance Agency checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. Read NUA’s latest review.