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Artists can secure funding to practise through selling work, Arts Council funding, competitions, grants, endowments, residencies, exhibitions and private backers.

Many graduates have pursued successful careers as practising artists. NUA counts amongst its Fine Art alumni Turner Prize nominated artists, Becks Future prize winners, Sovereign European Art Prize winners and three-times Oscar winner Stuart Craig – Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films. Others continue with their studies and have secured postgraduate places at the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Art.

The MA Fine Art and MA Curation at NUA provide logical progression routes for BA Fine Art students. All NUA undergraduates receive a tuition fee discount if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.

Fine Art at NUA allowed us to push the boundaries of our work and take risks in our practice. We now run Rhombus and Pineapple creating and selling original paper cut art from our own Gallery.
Hear from Emily and Grace, 2010 Alumni and Founders of Pineapple and Rhombus Gallery


Potential jobs include:

  • Practising Artist
  • Curator
  • Exhibition Organiser
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Artist
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer

The course at NUA gave me confidence in my work and when I graduated I knew how I wanted to progress and in what direction I wanted to take my work. I’ve produced a lot of artwork since, some of which has been exhibited in the Houses of Parliament and The Mall Galleries.

Amy Rogers
2012 graduate

The lecture programme and visiting lecturers were an important part of my time at NUA, being able to have conversations with practising artists to get an idea what to expect once finishing. I am currently working on several projects which include a residency at a university and some curatorial projects.

Josh Lockwood
2012 graduate

Crits with tutors and other students push you to question your work but leave you to make your own conclusions, which I found empowering. Visiting artists and lecturers provided an added perspective on my work and tutorials with them proved very motivational.

Susan Gunn
2004 graduate
Sovereign European Painting Prize 2006 winner

I curated my first exhibitions at NUA with access to fantastic spaces and facilities. I have gone on to curate work internationally. The NUA lecturers and technicians supported me to become the artist I am today.

Victoria Lucas
2004 graduate
Artist, Curator and Lecturer

Other graduates include

  • Emily Gray
    Curator of Facilities and Programmes, Scottish Sculpture Workshop
  • Jim Broughton
    Head Zayed National Museum Project, British Museum
  • Holly Radford
    Art Teacher, St. Helena School
  • Gary Breeze
  • Tim Davies
  • Lee Marshall
    Practising Artist
  • Emily Cole
    Practising Artist
  • Rachael Hill
    Curator and Practising Artist

More advice

For more advice about careers in animation visit the Arts Council England website.