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Media and design courses at NUA gain official industry backing

Five media and design courses at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) have been endorsed by industry panels in recognition of their links to the creative sectors and track records in securing employment for their graduates.

NUA’s degree courses in Film and Moving Image Production, Photography, Games Art and Design and Graphic Design have received official accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries. NUA’s MA in Moving Image and Sound has also received Creative Skillset accreditation.

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Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Media at NUA, said: “NUA has put in a lot of work to attain Creative Skillset accreditation for our media and graphics courses in order to demonstrate our commitment to preparing students for the world of work. All our courses are dual focused on creativity and professionalism which is shown by the strong reputation our graduates gain among employers.

“We achieve this by working closely with industry representatives on curriculum development and providing students with a high amount of facetime with creative professionals through project briefs, feedback sessions and guest lectures. All the accredited courses will now benefit from increased recognition among the top brands in their respective industries which will improve the student experience and their options upon graduation.”

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Devised in consultation with industry and education providers, the Creative Skillset accreditation scheme has gained the backing of top companies in the design and media industries. Accreditation is based on rigorous assessment by industry professionals and recognises practice-based courses that provide students with all the technical and production skills, experience and abilities they need to succeed in the workplace.

David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and Creative Skillset Board member, said: “The Creative Skillset Tick is an essential signpost that helps potential students choose courses that are approved by industry. It tells them the course has gone through thorough assessment, including a review of graduate employment, work experience and links with industry, which contribute to improved employment prospects on completion of the course.”

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