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Choosing the right university is all about understanding your priorities. Everyone will have a different of the most important factors when selecting an institution. We asked a range of people to identify the priorities they believe students should consider as a way of helping you better recognise your priorities.


“Think about location: do you want to be close to family or do you want to go further afield?”

Robyn Challis, Head of Student Support at NUA


“Think about access to the university environment: do you need the university to be step free? Research the support they provide for students with additional support needs.”

Julie Birkwood, Disability Support Officer at NUA

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“How many hours a week you will be in the studios and what staff support do you get? It’s important to look at how much contact time you’ll be getting”

Emily Starr, UCAS Officer at Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts


“Art is a dialogue with yourself and others. In my opinion it is important to have space, both physically and emotionally, to grow as an artist. Choose a university that is not overwhelmingly large and that has good studio facilities and plenty of contact time with tutors and peers.”

Serena O’Connor

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“Visit the school and see what it’s like. Consider if you’d feel at home there and talk to current students to get first hand opinions.”

Kerry Jones, teacher at Cecil Jones Academy, Essex >

“Forget what other people are doing: this is YOUR choice, YOUR future and it is up to YOU to select an ecosystem in which you can truly thrive.”

Jennii Marker, Villiers High School, London

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“Find a place where you can be an individual, develop as an artist and be happy. If you leave the campus with a huge smile and a sense of excitement, then that is the place for you.”

Elaine Humpleby, Sprowston High School, Norfolk


“Consider the diversity of the creative work being produced within a course. This provides students with a wide range of pathways for their own creativity.”

Sally-Anne Logan, City of Norwich School, Norfolk


“I think location and being close to useful resources like galleries and libraries is important.”

Bobbie Luter


“Research what business links an institution has and what real life opportunities you have as part of your studies. Also, see what jobs past students have typically gone on to after they have completed their degree.”

Sue Cant, Open Academy, Norfolk


“Find out if students are given plenty of opportunities to showcase their skills, gain work experience and network with employers to prepare for the world of work.”

Moyra Wilson, City College Norwich, Norfolk


“I want to know what my employment prospects upon completion of the course.”

Bev Fox, Huntingdon Regional College, Cambridgeshire

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“With fees so high it is important that your learning curve will be supported, nurtured and promoted in the right manner.”

Kyrstie Hall, West Suffolk College, Suffolk


“Up to date industry knowledge among the lecturers.”

Allison Copeman, Sir John Leman High School, Suffolk


“Make sure that the course you’re applying for is actually the one you want to do.”

Gail Cranshaw, Sheringham High School, Norfolk

Albert Clegg, Brainchild winner