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N170 Anniversary

Celebrate with us

In 2014/15 Norwich University of the Arts marks its 170th anniversary with a year of events celebrating the past and embracing the future of NUA. Whether you are a regular visitor or haven’t been to see us for some time, there are plenty of opportunities to visit the campus, especially during our 170th year. You can see our students’ work at the Degree Shows, or in London at New Designers, D&AD New Blood and Graduate Fashion Week. An exciting programme of exhibitions is planned in the Gallery at NUA as it moves to a new site on St Andrews alongside the ideasfactory@NUA.

During the anniversary year, a fundraising appeal will be launched to attract donations to support the future sustainability of NUA. We want to:

  • Raise the profile of the institution specialist Higher Education nationally and internationally through a wide range of N170 events
  • To offer support to students in developing their creative practice regardless of their financial situation
  • To encourage the most talented and committed students to come and study at NUA

NUA was established in Norwich’s St Georges Street in 1845 as the Norwich School of Design to provide design education for local industries. The founders included artists and followers of the Norwich School, the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting. The institution has been at the heart of Norwich’s cultural community for generations and in 2012 was formally granted University status.



View daily posts at n170.today to stay up-to-date with the celebrations for the 170th anniversary of Norwich University of the Arts.


Gary Norman

N170 Digital Projection

N170 gives us an opportunity to mark the amazing achievements of our students past and present.

From 16 February – 1 March a digital HD outside projection showcased some of the best student and alumni work from across all our courses to the public and the NUA community.Find out more.

NUA 170 Years and Counting

Norwich University of the Arts begins a year-long celebration of its 170th anniversary. This film includes interviews with its Chancellor Sir John Hurt, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last, students and alumni including Rastamouse co-creator Genevieve Webster.

Music: Magic Panda

“Our vision is to be the best specialist University for Arts, Design and Media study in Europe, producing graduates equipped with the skills and confidence to pursue a long and fulfilling career in their chosen area of creative practice.”

Sir John Hurt
Actor and NUA Chancellor