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The University

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is an independent specialist arts, design and media University with a 170 year reputation for excellence.

NUA is dedicated to providing vocational, practice based courses which allow students to enter an exciting and challenging community of artists, designers and makers who share their passions and interests. Whilst the institution’s history can be traced back to 1845, it is contemporary and forward thinking with industry standard facilities in its city centre campus.

Today NUA continues to thrive as an established University sector institution, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community.

NUA mission statement

NUA’s mission is to be the best specialist university for arts, design 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 Timeline

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.

Welcome to NUA

Take a look at this short film about the student experience at NUA.

NUA Term Dates 2017/18

Undergraduate Academic Year 2017/18

New Student Induction Week 18/09/17 – 22/09/17
Term 1 25/09/17 – 15/12/17
Term 2 08/01/18 – 23/03/18
Term 3 16/04/18 – 29/06/18

Christmas: 18 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Easter: 26 March 2018 – 13 April 2018
Summer: TBC

Postgraduate Academic Year 2017/18

Enrolment Day 27/09/17
Teaching Block 1 25/09/17 – 19/01/18
Teaching Block 2 22/01/18 – 18/05/18
Teaching Block 3 21/05/18 – 07/09/18

Christmas: 18 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Easter: 26 March 2018 – 13 April 2018

Watch an interview with NUA Chancellor Sir John Hurt on his investiture at the University.


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.

Boardman House

NUA’s new architecture building Boardman House

Quality Assurance Agency

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Quality Assurance Agency checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. Read NUA’s latest review.