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An MA is an intensive, rigorous and above all questioning period of study.

It is a testing ground for the development and acquisition of advanced knowledge and thinking and focuses the individual on the pursuit of innovation and understanding of professional contexts.

NUA believes that excellence is achieved by creating a postgraduate community driven by curiosity, ambition and ingenuity and this is what we engender. With an emphasis on practice-based enquiry, our students are encouraged to think critically and to reflect upon this with their peer group in a supportive academic environment.

The key characteristics of Masters study at NUA are:

  • Belonging to a creative and challenging community of postgraduate students
  • Undertaking independent research projects
  • Interdisciplinary discussion and debate

Professional development

Masters study at NUA will prepare you both intellectually and professionally for further academic study or professional practice and employment.

We encourage interdisciplinary discussion throughout the Masters course, and support collaborations in and between disciplines. Great emphasis is placed on understanding the professional context of your enquiry, associated production values, and the audience or market for your work.

Our students are encouraged to generate independent research and work wherever possible in the public domain, including live projects, exhibitions and competitions. Industry professionals and Visiting Professors further enable you to engage with contemporary debate, practice and professional values. The Graduate Centre provides postgraduate students with a platform for peer-learning and knowledge exchange.

Discourse and critique

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will join with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.

We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Dialogues (Fine Art) and Cowbird (Design); and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.

In addition, postgraduate students are able to attend the NUA Research Seminar Programme, in which a range of researchers and practitioners working at the forefront of the art, design and media disciplines are invited to present ongoing research.

Approaches to learning

The NUA philosophy is that subject knowledge is advanced by engaging with and critically challenging the individual’s creative work. At the core of Masters study is a focus on the development of independent research projects, and you will be supported by subject specialist tutors, a core supervisory team, and professional services staff. Your individual practice is explored and investigated through subject specific tutorial, seminars, group tutorial and critique.

To complement this approach, all Masters students are encouraged to discuss and disseminate their work with their peers from across the range of Masters courses. Interdisciplinary seminars, tutorials, critique groups and presentations encourage you to engage with both specialist and non-specialist audiences, and to foster open discourse across discipline areas.

Community of researchers

Academic staff are actively engaged in contemporary practice and/or theory for their specialism and frequently lead on and contribute to external projects. We work with universities, museums, galleries and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop innovative research.

Our international activities explore new ways in which art, design and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to knowledge and understanding of contemporary culture, society and quality of life. Academic staff share this work with the MA community through seminars and research presentations.

NUA has an international reputation for research in Art and Design Interpretation and Curation, and Moving Image and Sound. 55% of research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. Impact on the broader cultural and economic landscape was classified as 90% ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.


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Jeanette Bolton Martin Norwich University of the Arts MA Photography student and blogger


“As an MA student, there’s a focus on students being able to follow their own path to develop their practice.”

Jeanette Bolton-Martin, Norfolk
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Marie Brennan

Meet the Associate Dean and Head of Taught Postgraduate Studies

Marie Brennan has taught at UK and International Universities to MBA level over an extended period. She is a creative industries advisor and has worked with local and national bodies on creative and cultural policy; this includes work with the European Commission. Marie has run an award-winning shoe design and training company in Ireland and is a member of the Institute of Designers in the same country. Her professional background ranges from documentary film making through to designing and producing large scale outdoor arts events and directing socially inclusive arts projects. Read more about Marie.

Watch a film about our Postgraduate student experience and the MA Degree Show 2015

100% of MA graduates from NUA are in employment or further study.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2013/14

NUA Term Dates

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

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Postgraduate Applications

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form. Find more about entry requirements for postgraduate courses.

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

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