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Information for Schools

NUA is proud of its relationship with schools and colleges and we know this is how we attract talented, creative students from across the UK and internationally.

We very much see our role as working with schools to champion and nurture creativity.

Visiting NUA

If you would like to bring a class for a look around the campus please do not hesitate to get in touch. We regularly organise school/college tours which can be tailored to meet your requirements. With a bit of notice we can usually arrange for a subject specific talk or a general overview of degree opportunities at NUA.

NUA visits to your school/college

Our Schools and Outreach Officer and team of Student Ambassadors are able to come to your campus and deliver workshops, presentations and attend careers or progression evenings. We prioritise activities with Level 3 students but, with notice, can arrange a programme for younger students. Our standard sessions are:

  • Introductions to degree opportunities and creative careers
  • Preparing a portfolio in preparation for applying for a creative degree
  • Mock interviews and portfolio reviews (final year students only)
  • Creative workshops (specific to your subject area)* costs may apply for materials

Annual Teachers Day

Every year NUA welcomes Heads of Department, teachers, technicians, Heads of Sixth Form and careers advisers from across the UK to find out more about supporting students progressing onto HE. This event is designed to support staff in advising students applying for art, design, architecture and media undergraduate degrees, on the transition to the HE learning environment and pursuing a creative career. RE:Create, our practice-based event, supported by the Suffolk and Norfolk Collaborative Outreach network, will be taking place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 July 2016. For more information or to reserve your place, email studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk.

HE Taster Days

Taster days provide a fantastic opportunity for school pupils to gain inspiration and experience within a higher education setting. With access to state-of-the-art facilities these hands-on, practical and FREE workshops enable students to find out more about creative degrees. Get in touch to find out more about upcoming Taster Days.

Creative portfolios for University applications

The best way to experience what NUA has to offer is to see for yourself at one of our open days for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

Book a place online now.

Annie Mills

Schools competition

See the shortlisted and winning work in our Schools Competition.

“From the workshop I feel I have learnt something new and I would now like to look further into uni because this may be an option for me.”

Year 12 student
Sir John Leman school

NUA working with schools

Get in touch

If you have any ideas that you would like to discuss and/or are interested in the possibility of arranging an event please contact our Recruitment and Outreach Team Lynne, Thom and Tori:

Call 01603 886371

Feedback from our School Visits

“Thank you so much for your portfolio talk. You have really inspired the students – they found it really helpful.”

Louise Chapman
Graphics tutor
Dereham Sixth Form College

“Thank you so much for coming. You did an amazing job of encouraging the students to find new ways of working. I’d love to plan in more things for the future.”

Melissa Mitchell-Hynd
Thetford Academy

“Thanks for visiting Cambridge Regional College. The students and I felt that the information and advice that you delivered was informative and very helpful.”

Ruth Laslett
Cambridge Regional College

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Short Film Challenge Workshop on Tuesday. The student feedback has been really positive, they loved working with the NUA students and found the day to be really inspirational. I would love to be involved in future events.”

Guy Parkinson
Head of Media and Film
City College

Feedback from school/college pupils

“The experimental drawing workshop introduced me to new ways of drawing and thinking about approaches to drawing. I loved it.”

Year 13 student
East Norfolk Sixth Form College

“It was really useful to have a discussion about portfolios it made me think about more things to include in my graphics portfolio.”

Year 12 student
Suffolk One

“It was inspiring how passionate the tutors were and how well the session was taught. It was really enjoyable day.”

Year 12 student
Langley School

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Creative workshop

Student art

Creative workshop


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Weave workshop

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Creative workshop

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