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Student experience – #WeARENUA

NUA is unique – our campus, our studios, our city, our community, find out about our vibrant student experience.

#WeAreNUA brings together the vibrant student experience to reveal what it’s really like to study here and be a student in Norwich. From exploring our fine city’s best cultural spots to what its like to deliver a design concept to a Creative Director, find out about our creative community through student and staff blogs, video diaries and Instagram takeovers let us show you what NUA is all about.

Beth Poulter, Norwich University of the Arts Fashion, Communication and Promotion student


“NUA offers an abundance of assistance outside regular teaching practice to help students through university life, I am a paid Student Ambassador working on Open Days and events.”

Beth Poulter, Norfolk
BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion. Read Beth’s blog on campus life at NUA →

BA Degree Shows at Norwich University of the Arts

Degree Shows 2017

27 June – 5 July 2017

The Degree Shows are an annual event which provide an opportunity for the public to see the work of 600 new graduates. Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawings and models, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos. Work will be on sale throughout the exhibition with multiples, prints and editions available to buy in the shop, ‘Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area’.

Find out more about Degree Shows →

Creative City

Speigeltent at Norwich and Norfolk Festival

Discover our creative city through the eyes of our staff and students.

#WeAreNUA on Instagram


Explore the city that will become your home. Scroll left and right to see images from Norwich.

Josh Allen, Senior UX/ID Designer


“The games industry is everything I wanted for my career. I’m surrounded by amazing, talented people that inspire me every day.”

Josh Allen
Senior UX/UI Designer, Splash Games
BA (Hons) Games Art & Design, 2013

Discover more about Josh’s role as a Senior UX/ID Designer →

Current exhibition

Hans Peter Feldmann sculpture at Norwich University of the Arts

‘Art Exhibition’ by Hans-Peter Feldmann

6 May – 22 July 2017

East GalleryNUA is delighted to exhibit work by the ground breaking German artist, Hans-Peter Feldmann. Feldmann has exhibited in many major art venues worldwide, he was included in the Venice Biennale in 2009 and was awarded the prestigious Hugo Boss Art Prize in 2010.

Discover more about ‘Art Exhibition’ →.

Student Accommodation at NUA

You will live in the heart of one of the safest cities in the UK, either in our high spec student accommodation or budget-friendly halls of residence, or live in private accommodation supported by our Accommodation Team. Watch a video on living in our All Saints Green student halls of residence.

Graduate Commissioned by Virgin to complete mural at Gatwick Airport

2016 BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, Ali Cottrell has completed a commission from Virgin Holidays for a space at Gatwick Airport. Whilst exhibiting her degree show work at New Designers 2016 in London, Ali was offered the commission, to provide imagery to fit an 11-metre wall in their new ‘v-room’, a private lounge space at the airport. Matthew Davies, a Senior Designer at Virgin Atlantic said, ‘Ali’s work is a perfect blend of interesting details, flashes of colour, and references to our destinations.’ Find out more about Ali’s work on her website.

Boardman house image in its current form, with an adapted version created by VFX

Architecture and VFX students collaborate on building’s visualisation

It’s not often that a student gets to destroy a university Building, but when NUA’s BA (Hons) VFX and BA (Hons) Architecture students collaborated on a project during March 2017, looking at how buildings in Norwich might be changed by animals or insects after some kind of apocalypse, they decided to research how the University itself might deteriorate and collapse after 300 years. Architecture students researched how the building’s underlying structure might be stressed and disintegrate, whilst VFX students incorporated textures and 3D digital projections into photographic documentation of contemporary spaces. Nick Rollason, Year Two BA (Hons) VFX student said “It was really useful to see how Architects and VFX artists see space differently. I learnt a lot about the underlying structures and how things like laths or metal fittings might corrupt or corrode over decades, and I think the Architecture students got some new ideas about visualisation techniques too.”.

Dean of Arts and Media, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith

Lecturer photographs NUA Dean for Jocks & Nerds Magazine

Lecturer Ross Trevail has photographed NUA Dean of Arts and Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith for the Winter edition of Jocks & Nerds Magazine. The shoot took place on the NUA Campus and Sophie Chittock, Year two BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion student assisted with styling. Year two BA (Hons) Photography student Kane Layland got the opportunity to assist Ross on the shoot and both students were featured in the magazine. You can find out more on the Jocks & Nerds website. Read more about Ross’s work.

Rhombus & Pineapple, colourful card work at PaperFest

Graduates scoop prestigious design award

Graduate-run paper-cutting studio, Rhombus and Pineapple were announced winners of the Top Drawer Paper Awards SS17 in the Engaging Print category, in January 2017. The Paper Award is an initiative led by PaperFest, a space held at the Top Drawer Design-led event in London dedicated to designers, printers and makers, with the aim to “support and recognise the creativity and innovation of their greetings and stationery exhibitors”. Emily Powell and Grace Thomson of Rhombus and Pineapple (BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2011) produce bespoke designs and witty typography from their studio/shop in Topsham, Devon. Find out more about Rhombus and Pineapple.

Boardman House

Your NUA

The University is based in beautiful city centre buildings dating from medieval times to the present day, all of which have been redesigned to provided bespoke spaces for learning and practising your work.

Rated as a top 5 UK university for creative scene

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Student Union Office at Norwich University of the Arts

NUA Students’ Union is the link between students and the institution, representing the voice of our students as priority. As well as responsibilities for your student experience, learning & teaching, welfare and support, the SU organises events and co-ordinates societies and clubs and always have tea and biscuits on hand when you need a chat. Find out what Clubs and Societies the Students’ Union offers →.

Have a question?

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Call +44 (0) 1603 610561
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