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Supporting NUA

Art and Design education in Norwich – a lasting legacy

Norwich has a long standing connection with the arts including the Norwich Twenty Group, founded in 1944, and the nineteenth century Norwich School of Painters. The annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Castle Museum and East GalleryNUA draw international practitioners into the city. Since 1845, not only has the art school in Norwich occupied a place in the heart of the community but also the students’ workshops and studios are housed in some of the city’s most historic buildings.

From the 1960s the school became particularly well known for the disciplines of graphic design and painting, coming together with Great Yarmouth College of Art in 1989 to form Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (NIAD). Renamed Norwich School of Art and Design in 1994 and Norwich University College of the Arts in 2007 before becoming a university in 2013, NUA now awards its own degrees and in 2010 offered a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. NUA continues to earn its excellent international reputation, and our students enjoy being part of the city’s dynamic creative community.

Your support will help future generations of artists and designers flourish here in Norwich.

Can I choose how my money is spent?

When you make a donation you can choose whether your money goes to Scholarships and Bursaries, East GalleryNUA or our General Development Fund.

Alumni Fund

The NUA Alumni Fund was established in 2011 to allow our graduates to support current and future students by donating money to projects that enhance the student experience. A gift to the Alumni Fund can be made at any time and whatever the size of your gift, it will make a difference.


Become a Friend of NUA

Friends of NUA play an essential role in supporting the work of current students and the future sustainability of the University. In return for your support, Friends enjoy a range of benefits including invites to Private Views, Fashion Shows and Lectures. Join online.

Making a Gift

You can now make a donation online via our online giving page. Donating to NUA online is a secure, quick and easy way to make a gift and as we do not have to pay any handling charges, more of your money will come straight to the areas where it is needed most. If you are a UK tax payer, you can also add gift aid to your donation, increasing your gift in value by 25% without costing you an extra penny.

Visit our online donation page

Alternatively, if you want to make a gift by cheque or set up a direct debit to spread the cost of your donation, please email development@nua.ac.uk

Other ways you can support NUA

There are many other ways in which you can support NUA and current students either by sponsoring an event, offering a work placement or internship, featuring in a career case study, becoming a mentor or buying student work. To discuss alternative avenues of support please email development@nua.ac.uk.

Supported Scholarships and Bursaries

Higher education enables dedicated students to follow their dreams and excel in their chosen subject area. Not only will a committed and nurtured arts graduate have the skills and experience to turn their creativity into a way of life, but also their work and practice enables others to see the world in a different way.

Being offered the opportunity to study at degree level is often a student’s long-held dream, however once they arrive and settle in to undergraduate life it can be hard to make ends meet or afford extra materials. Increasingly students take on a significant amount of part time work to fund their studies. A prize or scholarship can help reduce this pressure and encourage the student to focus on their work and allow them to buy the best materials and exhibit their work in a more professional manner.

A recipient of a scholarship also benefits from the encouragement that someone else’s support gives them. The feeling that someone recognises their potential and is prepared to invest money in them and their work can give a student an enormous confidence boost.

Through the generous support of our friends and other donors, the University is able to offer students a number of scholarships and bursaries to help them fund their creative education at Norwich including a distinguished historical list of supporters, including a three-year Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture which was introduced in 1982.

A Gift for the Future

Leaving a legacy to NUA in your will is a gift for the future and will make a lasting difference to the next generation of talented students who choose to come and study with us.

You may wish to leave an unrestricted gift which will allow your donation to be allocated to where it is needed most or if you prefer, you can leave your gift to a particular area of study or research or as a named scholarship to your old department. Alternatively, you can leave a piece of artwork or your own private art collection to the University for future generations to enjoy.

The size of your gift whether a fixed amount or a percentage of your remaining estate once your loved ones and other commitment are cared for, will make a difference and will help us to develop and to tackle some of the issues facing higher education in the 21st century. Leaving a gift to NUA in your will is easy to do and if you have already made your will then you can still remember the University by adding a codicil to your existing will. Please contact us or your solicitor for more details.

Become a supporter

If you are interested in supporting an award or scholarship to a NUA student, or would like to have an informal and confidential discussion about leaving a legacy to NUA, please contact:

email development@nua.ac.uk
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Support future creative talent

Support the next generation of creative practitioners emerging from the University by making a donation.

Chaos Design Award

Student Awarded Chaos Imago Award 2016

Year three Graphic Design student, Sophie Taylor has been awarded the Chaos Imago Award, an award supported by Chaos Design Company and selected by their MD, NUA Graphic Design Alumni, Peter Campbell. The prize recognizes committed and dedicated students who have created exemplary work. Sophie was awarded a prize of £1000 to put towards her studies at NUA. Read more about the award.

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Students celebrated at special awards event

A number of prizes sponsored by Norwich Architecture practices have been awarded to students in recognition of the drawing skills, innovation and sustainable designs on display in their degree show. A special awards reception was held in June at the show which was attended by students, course staff and representatives from Norwich-based architects who have supported the course over the past three years. The winners were:

  • Joseph Stancer – Purcell Research Report Prize
  • Joseph Stancer – Barron and Smith Architects Award for Sustainable Design
  • Tamsyn-Sydonia Rootsey-Freeman – RIBA East Student Award for Outstanding Design Innovation
  • Arpan Sunuwar – LSI Architects Drawing Prize
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John Jarrold Trust Scholarship 2014/15 Awarded for First Time

An undergraduate scholarship sponsored by the John Jarrold Trust, was awarded for the first time in 2014/15. George Gray, Year 1 BA (Hons) Illustration, received the scholarship on the strength of his portfolio and enthusiasm for his subject at his interview. George received £1,000 each year of his three-year course. The John Jarrold Trust offered a second scholarship for 2015/16 entry to coincide with NUA’s 170th anniversary year, also worth £3,000 to a new student starting their course at NUA in September 2015. Nathan Barnes, studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design, received this award.

Nic Hughes Award

Nic Hughes Travel Scholarship 2014/15

The Nic Hughes Travel Scholarship has been awarded for the first time for the 2014/15 year. The scholarship is offered in memory of the late Nic Hughes who was a lecturer on Graphic Communication at NUA, by his family. An inspirational designer, Nic cared deeply about design and its concomitant responsibilities and was a passionate believer in the ability of the experience of travel to deepen and enhance creative practice and thinking.

The Scholarship was awarded to James Brindley, BA Graphic Communication who impressed the panel with his proposal to travel to Romania. Along with fellow students Sabin Onceriu and Patrik Zachar, James has been working on a brief to create visual graphics for the Romanian band, Subcarpati. These designs will be previewed at the Electric Castle Festival in June 2015. If their concepts are well received, James, Sabin and Patrik hope to continue working with the band to create their visual identity. Their work will include the band’s website, promotional campaigns and music video, and will develop it further for their final-year project.

Davey Award

Jennifer Davey Award for Fine Art

Jennifer Davey was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History. This award, offered by her husband Brian in her memory, is a combination of cash and workshop material vouchers and is presented to a final year student who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study. Read about the 2016/17 award winner . The next round of applications for the Jennifer Davey Award will be invited at the beginning of 2018.

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Richardson Brown Travel Prize

The Richardson Brown Travel Prize is offered in memory of Frances Brown, a former student who left a legacy to NUA to award an annual travel bursary to help a current student to travel. Students who achieve over 70% in their unit 4 assessment are invited to submit a proposal to demonstrate how receiving the award will help them to travel to a specific destination to research an aspect of their practice which they wouldn’t be able to afford without the bursary. Find out more about the 2016/17 winner.