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NUA students become world-leading artists, designers and creative professionals.

The Creative Economy in the UK is thriving because the people who work in it are highly-skilled specialists in their disciplines. All of the degree courses at NUA are designed to ensure that each student develops an outstanding set of skills so that they are equipped to compete for creative jobs after graduation.

NUA students benefit from the experience and expertise of the academic staff, who bring a wealth of industry experience to their teaching. Students and graduates are also supported by a dedicated Business and Employability Team, who deliver a specialist creative careers service. Everyone at NUA understands that creative people forge their own distinctive paths, and we have developed a unique approach that gives innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs the springboard they need to shape their future.

A Thriving Creative Economy

The UK is the world’s most important and dynamic market for the creative industries. The highly-skilled sector thrives on talented, well prepared graduates and a university qualification is the key to many careers within the growing creative industries market.

  • The Creative Industries is worth £87.4bn to the UK economy annually. (DCMS)
  • 9% of all jobs are in the Creative Economy. (DCMS)
  • The creative sector needs to recruit 50,000 graduates every year. (BIS)
  • There are 217,000 jobs in the creative economy in the East of England. (DCMS)

“Exemplary Employability Initiatives”

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Logo The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel have recognised NUA for “Exemplary Employability Initiatives” and strong graduate outcomes.

PROF\LE: An Innovative Approach to Professional Skills Development

At NUA, we do things differently. Creative businesses and professionals tell us all the time that graduates need to develop important transferable skills during their time at university to give them the edge after graduation. We have developed a gamified programme of skills development called PROF\LE, which is embedded in all our courses and supported by the Business and Employability Team. All NUA students keep a record of work experience and skills development using unique and cutting-edge digital tools that allow them to track their progress and really capitalise on their time at university. For more information email Sebastian Owen, Employability Adviser

Strong for employability


of NUA graduates went on to employment or further education within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16)

Contact the Employability Team

Speak to Sebastian Owen, Employability Adviser

Call +44 (0) 1603 610561
Email s.owen@nua.ac.uk

Degree Show tips

Students milling around Norwich University of the Arts Degree Shows

Read a blog on 10 top tips for a successful Degree Show with key information on utilising social media and networking.

Distinguished Graduates

Successful alumni and former tutors (who include Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and Leslie Davenport) contribute to the University’s distinguished history. NUA graduates continue to be at the forefront of creative endeavour with graduates holding key positions at leading arts, design and media companies throughout the world. Many have had considerable success as creative entrepreneurs and continue to support the next generation of NUA graduates through providing internships and employment.

Former students are NUA’s greatest ambassadors. Upon graduation you automatically become a member of the alumni network and continue your relationship with NUA through networking events, careers workshops, mentoring support and the regular printed magazine ‘Beyond’. Find out more about notable NUA alumni.