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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.

MA unit structure

MA study is comprised of five units. Units are taken sequentially, culminating in the final Masters Project. Students can choose to undertake study on a full or part-time basis.

The Five Study Units

  • Research into practice
    This unit enables you to gain an understanding of practice-based research methods and the opportunity to engage in critical research around your practice.
  • Award Specific Units 1 & 2
    Each course features two discrete units where subject specialist issues are explored, promoting the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.
  • Self-negotiated unit
    This unit provides an opportunity to design and conduct an independent project within a given time scale. This unit will help prepare you for the Masters project.
  • Masters project
    You will undertake a major 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.

Learning and teaching

All of our MA courses are taught programmes of study. We use a range of approaches to maximize opportunities for learning and teaching, and to provide a stimulating and rich environment in which to study.

These include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Individual and Group Tutorials
  • Interdisciplinary discussion
  • Self-initiated study
  • Independent fieldwork
  • Presentation
  • Critique
  • Peer learning

Much of our teaching is focused on nurturing and supporting the development of individual research projects, encouraging students to focus their creative thinking towards innovative practice-based outcomes.

NUA hosts British Art Show 8

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Norwich University of the Arts co-hosted the UK’s biggest touring exhibition, British Art Show 8 as part of the Hayward Touring programme from June – September 2016. Recognised as some of the very best of contemporary art in the UK, the exhibition was held in NUA’s St Georges Building, East GalleryNUA, Norwich Castle and Museum and The Forum presenting work from over forty artists including film, sculpture installation and painting and design. Alongside the exhibition, the BAS8 event programme presented a summer of free talks, workshops, roundtable discussions and performances open to the public. Discover more about British Art Show 8 at NUA.

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

Paul Fieldsend-Danks
Head of Taught Postgraduate Awards

MA course diagram full-time mode (one year)

Teaching Block 1
(14 weeks) Oct – Jan

Award specific unit 1 – 30 credits

Research into practice unit – 30 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Teaching Block 2
(14 weeks) Feb – May

Self-negotiated unit – 30 credits

Award specific unit 2 – 30 credits

Postgraduate Diploma

Teaching Block 3
(14 weeks) June – Sep

Masters project – 60 credits

Masters Degree

MA course diagram part-time mode (two years) – Year One

Teaching Block 1
(14 weeks) Oct – Jan

Research into practice – 30 credits

 

Teaching Block 2
(14 weeks) Feb – May

Award specific unit 2 – 30 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Teaching Block 3
(14 weeks) June – Sep

Self-negotiated unit – 30 credits

MA course diagram part-time mode (two years) – Year Two

Teaching Block 1
(14 weeks) Oct – Jan

Award specific unit 1 – 30 credits

Postgraduate Diploma

Teaching Block 2
(14 weeks) Feb – May

Masters project

 

Teaching Block 2
(14 weeks) Feb – May

Masters project (continued) – 60 credits

Masters Degree