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.
In choosing NUA for your postgraduate study you join a community of artists, designers and media practitioners. You will work alongside fellow students, expert tutors, visiting guest lecturers and industry partners. You will be encouraged to externalise your projects; to be an active participant in a wider community of creative practitioners.
NUA has been central to cultural life in the city since its establishment in 1845. As a postgraduate student you benefit from being part of this active creative community you will have regular opportunities to attend artist talks, design symposia, private views, exhibitions and more.
The NUA postgraduate experience encourages interdisciplinary working and actively supports collaborations in and between disciplines. Different perspectives provoke new ways of approaching creative problems. This approach is central to professional creative practice and is therefore an important part of your development during the MA.
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.
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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
Watch a short film of our Postgraduate students discussing their outward facing work and engaging with the public at the MA Degree Show.
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Read an interview with Paul Fieldsend-Danks who is responsible for overseeing academically the portfolio of taught MAs at NUA.
MA Communication Design has reinvented the way I think. I’ve developed my ideas with the support of senior lecturers, fellow students, visiting professionals and through workshops. I was at a stage in my career ready for a complete recharge.
MA Communication Design
Postgraduate students show their final work in a public exhibition on the NUA campus.
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Studying alongside MA Fine Art students enabled me to understand contemporary Curation in a very practical way. And Working with external partners such as the Arts Council and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has provided invaluable exposure to curatorial practice.
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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 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 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 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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