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City’s first Architecture degree formally approved

Norwich’s first Architecture degree has been officially validated. The new BA degree has already attracted students from across the UK and from as far a field as Tennessee, USA. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) looks forward to welcoming its first cohort of 30 students to their new Architecture Studio in Duke Street, this September.

The BA Architecture Course Leader Adrian Friend, who founded Friend and Company Architects, says “The validation of the course is great news for NUA and the city. We are very lucky in Norwich and Norfolk to have some of the best house designers and architects right on our doorstep. The course will draw on these industry links to provide opportunities for internships and professional collaborations. I am keen to reach out to local history groups and manufacturers to build on the ‘sense of place’ in our architecture and landscape. Students will have the chance to tackle design solutions in areas such as urbanism, landscape and cultural heritage”.

The course has strong backing from architecture professionals in the city and county who have championed the introduction of an architecture degree for the region. Norwich has long been famed as an architecturally stunning city, with more medieval churches than any other city in Northern Europe, nestled alongside iconic modern design, yet this is the first time students will be able to study the discipline against this inspirational backdrop.

There are still a limited number of places available on BA Architecture for September 2012 start. NUA welcomes applications from school leavers and mature students who have a strong portfolio and a passion for design. Applications should be made via the UCAS website by 30th June at the latest.

Anthony Hudson, Director of the Norwich and London based practice HUDSON Architects has long advocated the introduction of an Architecture degree for the city and will act as a member of the course’s Creative Industry Liaison Group. Commentating on the validation he said: “We are thrilled by the formal validation of the BA Architecture course at NUA. We plan to work closely with the university to support students wherever possible to ensure they have the necessary industry awareness and are well prepared for their future careers.”

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