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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.

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

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Postgraduate Academic Year 2013/14

  • 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.

MA Leader

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.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks
MA Leader

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

MA Communication Design has reinvented the way I think.

Mark Amos
MA Communication Design student

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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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NUA MA Degree Show 2013

Postgraduate students show their final work in a public exhibition on the NUA campus.

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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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Latest news from the postgraduate community at NUA.

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

I chose NUA because of the excellent facilities. The workshops and technical support enabled me to learn so much and broaden my practice.

Barbara Dougan
MA Fine Art student


Student Work

View examples of work created by postgraduate students.

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

Student work

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.

Student work

MA Curation

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.

Student work

MA Fashion

MA Fashion emphasises the strong interdependence between creative skills, craft technique, attention to detail and refinement.

Working with external partners such as the Arts Council and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has provided invaluable exposure to curatorial practice.

Christine Pike
MA Curation student

Student work

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.

Student work

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.

Student work

MA Photography

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.

Student work

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.