Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.
A World-Class Specialist Education
Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry projects and collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and enterprise skills. Your tutors, as practitioners themselves, will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. From our campus in the heart of Norwich's cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional facilities.
Course Duration and Structure
Full-time MAs last one year and for part-time it is two years. The year is split into three teaching blocks of 14 weeks running from October to September. Staff and research students enrich their academic and professional practice through regular participation in national and international conferences, exhibitions and performances. This ensures an understanding of current trends and relevant debate and is a key backdrop to academic study.
The Five Study Units
- Research into Practice
All new full-time and part-time students study this initial unit together. It enables you to gain an understanding of practice-based postgraduate study and research methods.
- Award Specific Units
Each course features two units where subject specialist issues are explored. You will address the themes with respect to your own specialism and you will be challenged to expand and reflect upon your creative thinking.
- Self Negotiated Study
This unit provides an opportunity to design and conduct an independent project within a given time scale. You will negotiate the aims, schedules, resources and outcomes with your tutor. This unit will help prepare you for the Masters Project.
- Masters Project
You will negotiate and agree an independent project specific to your course and chosen specialism. The Masters Degree culminates in a public exhibition of work in the final September of study.
Staff are actively engaged in contemporary practice and theory for their specialism and frequently lead on and contribute to external projects. This enhances the learning experience for all postgraduate students and helps foster industry relations and opportunities.
- 100% of staff research is designated as nationally recognised with 35% confirmed as world-leading or 'internationally excellent' (2008 Research Assessment Exercise). Current research is particularly strong in five areas: animation and sound, art and design interpretation and curation, design and fine art.
- Staff have exhibited in a number of prestigious spaces and festivals including Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, V&A, Serpentine Gallery, Arnolfini, Manhattan Graphics Centre (New York), JNJ Gallery (Prague), Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (Vancouver), the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Taiwan International Animation Festival.
- Staff have been awarded research funding from a variety of bodies including: the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; the Wellcome Trust; the Arts Council, England; the UK Film Council; the Henry Moore Foundation and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
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Academic Year 2012/13
Teaching Block 1
27/09/12 – 25/01/13
Teaching Block 2
28/01/13 – 24/05/13
Teaching Block 3
27/05/13 – 30/08/13
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MA Communication Design
MA Communication Design will challenge you to reflect on your existing practice and push your ideas as you immerse yourself in current research and trends within the sector.
MA Curation appeals to applicants who are creative practitioners and historians of art, design and media as well as those from a humanities or even a science background, who have interests in communicating visually through traditional and alternative spaces.
MA Fashion emphasises the strong interdependence between creative skills, craft technique, attention to detail and refinement.
MA Fine Art
MA Fine Art provides a stimulating and creative environment in which to challenge and define your practice, within the context of professional and contemporary possibilities.
MA Moving Image and Sound
MA Moving Image and Sound is responsive to industry expectations and will equip students with the professional, practical and conceptual skills to engage in a range of employment possibilities.
MA Photography emphasises the importance of professional and business skills alongside creative practice and is designed to support you in producing a highly individual body of work and an informed commercial practice.
MA Textile Design
MA Textile Design concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, with students being encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through their creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts.
95% of MA graduates from NUA are in employment or further study
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