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About NUA

About NUA

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

From a city centre campus that boasts cutting-edge facilities, to an approach to teaching which saw us awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked 10th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, our reputation for excellence is well-earned.

NUA has thrived as an established University, developing a national reputation as an innovative and creative academic community, with a firm commitment to offering vocational, practice based courses that afford students space to develop their skills and pursue their passion.

At the heart of it all, our students. Artists, designers, makers. Bringing diverse interests and unique perspectives, they share a desire to be challenged and inspired. To learn from the past and shape the future.

Never Underestimate Art.

Find Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts
Francis House
3-7 Redwell Street
Norwich
NR2 4SN

Our mission statement

NUA’s mission is to be the best specialist university for arts, design, architecture and media study in Europe, producing graduates of the highest quality and inspiring students and staff to achieve excellence in the creative and cultural spheres.

History of Norwich University of the Arts

1845 The Norwich School of Design is founded in 1845 by the artists and followers of the Norwich School of Painters, the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting.
1965 Approved to offer degree-level provision through the Diploma in Art and Design.
1965 onwards Twin strengths in Painting and Graphic Design emerge, under a group of exceptional practitioners and teachers, making a mark on the national art and design scene.
1975 First BA Honours degree courses offered validated by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).
1989 Great Yarmouth College of Art incorporated into the School.
1993 First MA courses introduced through an academic agreement with Anglia Polytechnic.
1994 Incorporated as a Higher Education Institution, re-named as Norwich School of Art and Design.
1995 First research degree student registered for PhD study.
2008 Granted the power to award degrees up to Masters level and re-named as Norwich University College of the Arts.
2012 Granted University title by the Privy Council, becoming Norwich University of the Arts. Appoints its first Chancellor – the actor Sir John Hurt.

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The University was established as an independent higher education institution under Section 121 of the Education Reform Act 1988, and is a recognised body with taught degree awarding powers. The University is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Information about the University’s status can be found on the HEFCE website and on the list of recognised bodies published on the UK Government (GOV.UK) website.

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Contact us

For general enquiries, get in touch with us.

Call: +44 (0)1603 610561

Email: info@nua.ac.uk

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Address: Norwich University of the Arts
Francis House
3-7 Redwell Street
Norwich
NR2 4SN