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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.

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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.



Research Fellow Dr Alisa Miller delivered a paper at the Fashion, Dress and Society in Europe during World War I conference, which was held at the Institut Français de la Mode, Paris in December 2014. Her paper was titled Gladys Peto, commercial fashion illustrator and the Sketch – elite consumer culture and the changing image of the modern woman, 1914-1919.



Proem, an animated film co-created by Professor of Animation Education Suzie Hanna, has been selected out of 1,500 entries for the 12th London Short Film Festival at Curzon Soho in January 2015. In September 2014 the film won Best Music/Sound and was runner up in the Best Editing category at the Liberated Words Festival in Bristol. Judges Helen Moore and Howard Vause said “Proem is an animation tour de force – in a class of its own.” Professor Hanna animated the film using hand cut stencils imitating some graphic aspects of contemporaneous 1920s New York artists who were in Hart Crane’s coterie. View more of Professor Hanna’s work.



Dean of Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith sat on the selection panel for Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition, which has opened at Four Corners in London and runs until 31 October. The show contains the work of nine lens-based artists, which will also be features in issue 20 of the Uncertain States broadsheet newspaper. Professor Sawdon Smith selected Melbourne-based photographer Georgia Metaxas, whose work investigates the personal and cultural manifestations of ritual.

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Fine Art Lecturer Dr Catherine Baker will be delivering a seminar at the UK’s first national festival of the humanities- Being Human. As part of the festival event ‘Negotiating Practice’ Catherine will explore points for discussion and an analysis of what it means to collaborate across disciplines. The seminar explores real human situations and will consider the implications of mapping or investigating the way in which physical conditions significantly impact on people’s ability to lead their lives, and reminding us of the reality of the individual at the core of scientific understanding. For more information and to book a ticket for the event visit the Being Human Festival website.



Professor Lynda Morris has curated ‘Genuine Conceptualism’, an exhibition reflecting on the artistic avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, based on her personal archive. The show opened in the Herbert Foundation in Ghent, Belgium in July and continues until 8 November. Additionally, her Vanley Burke retrospective exhibition ‘By the rivers of Birminam’ travelled to the Fada Gallery at the University of Johannesburg over the Summer.

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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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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