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We work with universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop exciting and relevant 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.

The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins the University’s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications. Their outcomes provide audiences with access to creative disciplines, innovative practices and cultural heritage. In developing the University’s research, staff and students have been publicly recognised for their work in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Following the successes achieved in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) – where 35% of our research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and a further 50% of our research was classed as internationally recognised – the strategic development of research was concentrated on expanding strengths in the areas of Moving Image and Sound, and Interpretation and Curation. In 2009 the University began developing new programmes and areas of research in Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture, and in 2013 introduced three cross-disciplinary University Research Themes; these themes informed the University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

In the coming years the University will continue to emphasise the integration of academic staff and postgraduate student research through joint staff-student initiatives coordinated by the Graduate and Research Centre. By expanding external partnerships with key European organisations the institution will increase postgraduate student numbers while maintaining a highly selective approach to staff and student recruitment, focused around identified areas of expertise. Building on the work of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), NUA will co-lead the development of specialist European postgraduate and research initiatives to develop the international infrastructure for research in the disciplines.


REF2014 results at Norwich University of the Arts.


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NUA Research Online

Visit NUA’s online research archive which provides public access to a digital snapshot of the research, enterprise and practice generated by research-active staff and postgraduate students.

NUA Research Seminar Programme 2014/15

NUA Research Seminars provide a forum for colleagues – from within the NUA community and across the country and indeed the world – working in a variety of creative disciplines to present ongoing research.

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NUA is a founding member of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), a network of Universities and Colleges engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research projects and training for research-active staff and students.

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Download Norwich University of the Art’s Code of Practice for REF2014:


Research Degree Supervisors

Find out more about the staff currently supervising research at Norwich University of the Arts.


Academic Staff Profiles

All academic staff at NUA are practising artists, designers, media makers and academics. Read their profiles to find out more about their research and practice.

Work with us

We welcome enquiries about applied and collaborative research activities and opportunities. If you are interested in working with us, or if you would like further information about our research environment, please contact:

email research@nua.ac.uk