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Courses at NUA emphasise learning and discovery through specialist studio and workshop practice.

A snapshot of our creative campus at Norwich University of the Arts.

Experimentation with ideas, processes and materials is informed by critical reflection and contextual awareness of the subject. Teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, project briefs, individual and group tutorials, placements, seminar presentations, work-related learning and exhibition practice.

The development of your art, design, architecture or media practice will be the focus of your learning throughout your course. Your individual practice is central to the acquisition of subject knowledge and a range of practical, conceptual and generic skills as you gradually define areas of personal interest.

Teaching and learning is structured around timetabled sessions and learning activities, and each level of your course is organised into units and delivered through project briefs, which enable you to develop your specialist skills as a creative practitioner. The various working environments within the University provide a number of situations where you can make work, engage in research and present your work to others.

Your work and progress will be assessed using clearly identified criteria and requirements, and these will be explained to you at the start of each unit. Summative and formative assessment will evaluate and grade your work at a given point in time, which may be at the end of a unit or term, or at another pre-determined point within the term. After assessment, you will receive regular feedback on your work and achievements to date in order to help you improve your assessment performance. As part of your course, you may be expected to participate in group critique sessions where you will be asked to present your work for discussion and review.

Your course will help you engage with relevant contextual influences, and the business and professional skills for your subject within the creative and cultural industries.

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Ches Young in studio


“Our workshops give you more confidence, insights and understanding of materials, colour theory and market audience – it’s prepared me for what to expect in industry.”

Ches Young
BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2016

Portrait of Bing Ming Ng in NUA Fine Art studio

“It’s a good environment. There are things going on, but there is time for you to think, this place is built specifically for the arts. I don’t think you can get any better than that.”

Bing Ming Ng
BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2015.

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Campus Resources

The key to your creative education is the specialist resources and technical support provided through the workshops. The workshops are a central resource organised to provide a professional and supportive environment throughout your time at NUA.

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