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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.

NUA believes that excellence is achieved by creating a postgraduate community driven by curiosity, ambition and ingenuity and this is what we engender. With an emphasis on practice-led enquiry, our students are encouraged to think critically and to reflect upon this with their peer group in a supportive academic environment. The Graduate and Research Centre provides a platform for discussion, debate and knowledge exchange.

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 discussion throughout the Masters programme, and support collaborations in and between disciplines. Great emphasis is placed on understanding the professional context of your enquiry, associated production values, and the audience or market for your work.

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.

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.

In addition, postgraduate students are able to attend the NUA Research Seminar Programme, held throughout the year. A range of researchers and practitioners working at the forefront of the art, design and media disciplines are invited to present ongoing research.

Approaches to learning

The NUA philosophy is that subject knowledge is advanced by engaging with and critically challenging the individual’s creative work. At the core of Masters study is a focus on the development of independent research projects, supported by subject specialist tutors and technical staff. Individual student work is investigated through subject specific tutorial, seminar and critique.

To complement this approach, all Masters students are encouraged to discuss and disseminate their work with their peers from across the range of Masters programmes. Interdisciplinary seminars, tutorials, critique groups and presentations encourage engagement between specialist and non-specialist audiences, and foster open discourse across discipline areas.

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. 55% of research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. Impact on the broader cultural and economic landscape was classified as 90% ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.


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.

Watch a film about our Postgraduate student experience and the MA Degree Show 2015

100% of MA graduates from NUA are in employment or further study.

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NUA Term Dates

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

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


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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.

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Student Work

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