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Scholarships and awards

Here you will find information and advice on scholarships and awards available for students at Norwich University of the Arts. This wide range of scholarships provide financial support with eligibility unique to each scholarship and award.


Through philanthropic support of NUA, the University is able to offer the following awards to students regardless of their financial background. These are awarded to students who have shown excellence through their studies and whose experience of studying at NUA will be enriched by receiving one of the following awards.

Richardson Brown Travel Prize

The Richardson Brown Travel Prize is offered in memory of Frances Brown, a former student who left a legacy to NUA in her Will to award a travel bursary worth £500. The prize is offered to a current second year student who has shown excellence in their studies to allow them the opportunity to travel abroad to enhance their creative practice. Students are invited to submit a proposal to demonstrate how receiving the award will allow them to travel to a specific destination to research an aspect of their work and to gain inspiration which will influence their practice as they enter their final year of study.

Winners of the Richardson Brown Travel Prize.

Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art

This award was offered for the first time to a final year Fine Art student in November 2012. Jennifer Davey was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History. This award which is a combination of cash and material vouchers will be awarded to a student who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study and who with an extra bit of encouragement and financial support can increase their marks further during their final year.

Winners of the Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art.

Nic Hughes Travel Prize

The Nic Hughes Travel prize is offered in memory of former BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Lecturer Nic Hughes, whose family has kindly left a legacy to fund the prize, of which is awarded to a second year Graphic Communication student who has shown improvement and progression from their first year of study to second year.

Winners of the Nic Hughes Travel Prize.

Hamson Barron Smith’s Architects Award for Sustainable Design

This award is presented annually to a final year student studying on BA (Hons) Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts from whose project work shows the most promising approach to environmental considerations, for presentation at the summer exhibition according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates a sustained approach to environmentally aware architecture and urbanism.
  2. Illustrates a considered approach to environmental design for cities; landscapes; public spaces; materials; industrial, retail and/or residential architecture.

Winners of the Hamson Barron Smith Architects Award for Sustainable Design.

LSI Architects Drawing Prize

This award is presented annually to a final year student studying on BA (Hons) Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts, from who produces the most outstanding drawing for presentation at the summer exhibition according to the following criteria:

  1. The drawing clearly communicates without the need for reference to other images or texts and evokes what it is intended to portray
  2. The drawing comprises drawn lines, tones, planes etc (i.e. is not formed from a photographic collage, or produced by another ‘painterly’ process).
  3. The drawing displays excellence in the medium used, whether manual, CAD-assisted, or a combination of the two.
  4. The drawing has distinct qualities that could be described as engaging, winsome or whimsical.

Winners of the LSI Architects Drawing Prize.

Purcell Research Report Prize

This award is presented annually to a final year student studying on BA (Hons) Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts who produces the most outstanding Research Report according to the following criteria:

  1. The topic is contemporary and relevant to issues pertinent to the wider architectural community
  2. The report has a clear argument and demonstrates strong analytical skills and use of evidence.
  3. The report is engaging and articulate in style and has been designed professionally with clear consideration of aesthetics and layout.

Winners of the Purcell Research Report Prize.

The Angela Houston Award for Textiles

This award is in memory of Angela Houston, an active committee member of the Costume and Textiles Association, based in Norwich. Angela had a passionate love of nature, using her knowledge of plants to dye the materials and garments which as an accomplished spinner, weaver and knitter, she had created over the years. The award offers BA (Hons) Textile Design students the opportunity to further their studies by funding materials, travel opportunities or further workshops/training. For more information about the CTA visit www.ctacostume.org.uk.


Feilden + Mawson scholarship for Architecture.

Information to be confirmed. Please check back to this page in autumn 2016.

Architecture student working on model in Boardman House


Find out about award and prize winners and recipients of scholarships at Norwich University of the Arts.


BAFTA Scholarships available for MA Moving Image and Sound applicants

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme aims to assist talented students in need of financial support. Recipients receive up to £10,000 to cover their course fees; an industry mentor; and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. The MA Moving Image and Sound course at NUA is one of the eligible courses for this scholarship. The deadline for 2015 applications has passed.

MA Moving Image and Sound student Bradley Johnson, who graduated from BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at NUA in 2014, was awarded £3,000 towards his postgraduate studies by BAFTA. To find out more, Frequently Asked Questions section or email scholarships@bafta.org.

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