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Students leave NUA with a range of skills required to become outstanding creative professionals.

The UK is the world’s most important and dynamic market for the creative industries. The highly-skilled sector thrives on talented, well prepared graduates and a university qualification is the key to many careers within the growing creative industries market.

  • Employment in the creative industries has increased by 9.6% in the past 12 months (ONS Annual Population Survey 2013)
  • Approximately 70% of people working in the creative industries have a degree (Labour Market Intelligence Digest)
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Platform is a series of workshops open to all NUA students and graduates from the past 3 years interested in starting a creative business or becoming a freelancer. From initial ideas, to marketing, covering the legal and financial aspects, researching your idea, networking and pitching yourself. Students and graduates will hear from NUA alumni successfully running their own businesses and each week meet industry experts for guidance and advice. For more information please contact Beth Sowersby.

95% of NUA graduates went on to employment or further education within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)

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Graduates felt well prepared for employment (Creative Futures Creative Graduates survey 2009/2010)

“NUA prepared me for working on the set of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa as a runner – which itself was priceless. From collaborating on some very good student productions to working with industry professionals on set, the experiences and what I have learnt about professional practice put me in good stead for a career in cinematography after graduation.”

Sam Hoggarth
BA Film and Moving Image Production graduate

“Whilst studying at NUA I completed a work placement at the Sunday Times as a Graphic Artist. It involved creating graphic images for and liaising with the Travel, Home and Sports departments. NUA has helped me grow my confidence and build professional, transferrable skills that have helped me feel comfortable in a number of roles in creative industries outside of my course.”

Jessica Magnus
BA Games Art and Design graduate

“The opportunities and possibilities have been so exciting. I was selected along with 11 other students from across the country to showcase my work at the Houses of Parliament for the preview of Graduate Fashion Week. The photoshoot of my work was also used at the event. It was a great opportunity to network and get some productive feedback for the upcoming show in London.”

Chloe Fuller
BA Fashion graduate

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The Ideas FactoryNUA was established to facilitate closer links between the University and business and to bridge the transition from student to professional. Academics and students work together on live projects as part of their curriculum in professional practice. Real work comes with real clients, real problems and real solutions.

NUA students have designed logos, created new brand names, launched websites, built apps for the iPhone, re-designed magazines, curated shows, created sculpture and art commissions and broadcast films at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals.


Brainchild is an annual enterprise competition is open to all students. The competition is open to students and recent graduates of the University and provides entrants with a series of workshops on specific topics relating to business start-ups. A panel of local business leaders then judge their business pitches to decide the winner.

Careers Service

The Careers Service provides support for all registered students as well as graduates for up to three years after graduation or for life if alumni members. The service offers personal advice sessions, workshops and in course training throughout your time in the University.

Business and professional skill development

Personal development planning is integrated within course units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“(NUA’s) activities have the potential to contribute significantly to the quality of the student learning experience in the future and help to equip students for their chosen profession.”

Independent QAA Institutional Audit 2010

Notable Alumni

Successful alumni and former tutors (who include Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and Leslie Davenport) contribute to the University’s distinguished history. NUA graduates continue to be at the forefront of creative endeavour with graduates holding key positions at leading arts, design and media companies throughout the world. Many have had considerable success as creative entrepreneurs and continue to support the next generation of NUA graduates through providing internships and employment.

Former students are NUA’s greatest ambassadors. Upon graduation you automatically become a member of the alumni network and continue your relationship with NUA through networking events, careers workshops, mentoring support and the regular printed magazine ‘Beyond’. Find out more about notable NUA alumni.