Image credits

Course Content

Students are taught through a series of tutor-led critiques on graphic fundamentals and explore the application of these through practical projects. The course has an in-built flexibility allowing students to determine their own direction for the field they want to work in, essential to developing confident and independent creative practitioners.

Martin Schooley
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • In Year One all Graphics students work together as you develop an understanding of universal design principles. This grounding not only prepares you for your progression into your chosen discipline, but also promotes an understanding of the work in other pathways, whilst also developing the group dynamic and peer learning
  • Focus on type, image creation, print, layout, moving image and photography
  • Software inductions
  • Lectures on the history and context of design
  • Explore publishing, packaging, identity, advertising, web, editorial and interactive communication
  • Year Two
  • Extend your research skills, studio practice and subject knowledge. Explore areas such as moving image, information design and design within the environment
  • Industry approaches and terminology
  • Opportunities to become involved in live projects from real clients
  • Professional skill development, including client presentations
  • Work placements
  • Year Three
  • Build an industry-ready portfolio with an emphasis on a self- initiated project
  • Research Report Industry workshops
  • Tutor and peer feedback strengthens your ability to communicate your ideas
  • Further development of business and professional skills in preparation for a creative career

NUA hosts British Art Show 8


Norwich University of the Arts co-hosted the UK’s biggest touring exhibition, British Art Show 8 as part of the Hayward Touring programme from June – September 2016. Recognised as some of the very best of contemporary art in the UK, the exhibition was held in NUA’s St Georges Building, East GalleryNUA, Norwich Castle and Museum and The Forum presenting work from over forty artists including film, sculpture installation and painting and design. Alongside the exhibition, the BAS8 event programme presented a summer of free talks, workshops, roundtable discussions and performances open to the public including a talk with internationally renowned Graphic Designer, Fraser Muggeridge. Discover more about British Art Show 8 at NUA.

Visiting Lecturers

  • Howard Sooley
  • Professor Laura Jordan Bambach
  • Naomi Games
    Abram Games
  • Sean Perkins and guests
  • Tim Milne
  • Craig Oldman
  • Phil Carter and Phil Wong
    Carter Wong
  • Jim Sutherland
  • David Law
  • Tom Adams
  • Mike Nicholson
  • Rick Banks
  • David Pearson
    David Pearson Design

Hat-trick Design co-founder Jim Sutherland discusses the process he goes through to get solutions.

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.


Alumni give lecture on Turner Duckworth experience

Graphics alumni Miles Marshall (2009) and Matt Lurcock (2010) returned to the University to deliver a lecture on their work for Award-winning visual identity and packaging design agency Turner Duckworth, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss and Metallica.