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The emphasis of our postgraduate portfolio is on practice-led investigation and rigorous research.

We encourage students to be innovative in their work and to aspire to be leaders in their chosen field. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and countries who are committed to developing their Masters work to the highest level.

In choosing NUA for your postgraduate study you join a community of creative practitioners guided and informed by expert academic tuition and visiting specialists from the creative industries. You will work in a stimulating and critically engaged environment, providing regular opportunities to attend discussions, symposia and exhibitions. I hope to welcome you to our creative campus in the near future.

An MA is an intensive, rigorous and above all questioning period of study. It is a testing ground for the development and acquisition of advanced knowledge and thinking and focuses the individual on the pursuit of innovation and understanding of professional contexts.

Professional development

Masters study at NUA will prepare you both intellectually and professionally for further academic study or professional practice and employment. We encourage interdisciplinary working and support collaborations in and between disciplines. Great emphasis is placed on understanding the professional context for enquiry, production and dissemination. Industry Guest Lecturers and Visiting Professors enable students to engage with contemporary debate and practice. Our students are encouraged to make independent research and work in the public domain, including live projects, exhibitions and competitions.

Community of researchers

Academic staff are actively engaged in contemporary practice and/or theory for their specialism and frequently lead on and contribute to external projects. We work with universities, museums, galleries and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop innovative research. Our international activities explore new ways in which art, design and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to knowledge and understanding of contemporary culture, society and quality of life. Staff share this work with the MA community through seminars and research presentations. NUA has an international reputation for research in Art and Design Interpretation and Curation, and Moving Image and Sound. 35% of research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise. A further 50% of research was classed as internationally recognised.

Discourse and critique

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. We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Dialogues (Fine Art) and Cowbird (Design); and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.

The NUA philosophy is that subject area knowledge is advanced by engaging with and critically challenging the individual’s creative work.


BAFTA Scholarships available for MA Moving Image and Sound applicants

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme aims to assist talented students in need of financial support. Recipients receive up to £10,000 to cover their course fees; an industry mentor; and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. The MA Moving Image and Sound course at NUA is one of the eligible courses for this scholarship. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 June 2015.

MA Moving Image and Sound student Bradley Johnson, who graduated from BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at NUA in 2014, was awarded £3,000 towards his postgraduate studies by BAFTA last year. To find out more, visit the BAFTA website, see their Frequently Asked Questions section or email scholarships@bafta.org.

Graduate Academic Assistants

NUA are offering five paid Graduate Academic Assistants roles for postgraduate students to undertake alongside their studies. Further information on these roles is available on the Current Vacancies page.

N170 Postgraduate Student Scholarships


NUA is offering eight £10,000 scholarships for 2015 entry. For eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for N170 scholarships visit the Scholarships page.

97% of MA graduates from NUA are in employment or further study.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2012/13

NUA Term Dates

Postgraduate Academic Year 2014/15

Block 1
06/10/14 – 30/01/15
Block 2
02/02/15 – 29/05/15
Block 3
01/06/15 – 11/09/15

15 December 2014 – 2 January 2015
Easter: 23 March 2015 – 10 April 2015

Postgraduate Academic Year 2015/16

Enrolment Week 14/09/15 – 18/09/15
Block 1
21/09/15 – 08/01/16
Block 2
11/01/16 – 29/04/16
Block 3
03/05/16 – 12/08/16

21 December 2015 – 4 January 2016
Easter: 21 March 2016 – 4 April 2016

Watch a film of our Postgraduate students discussing their practice at the MA Degree Show 2014

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Postgraduate Applications

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form. Find more about entry requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Get a Postgraduate Handbook

For more information about MA courses and postgraduate culture at NUA order a copy or download the NUA Postgraduate Handbook.


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Latest news from the postgraduate community at NUA.

Watch a short film of our students talking about our Postgraduate courses.

MA Leader Q&A

NUA believes that excellence is achieved by creating a community driven by curiosity, ambition and ingenuity, and this is what we engender.

Read an interview with MA Leader Paul Fieldsend-Danks, who is responsible for overseeing academically the portfolio of taught MAs at NUA.


Student Work

View examples of work created by postgraduate students.

Student in the NUA Design Studio


Our students are our greatest advocates. Read about their opinions on their course.