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Specialist Individual Support for Aspiring Creative Professionals

The Employability and Careers team provide support for all NUA students and graduates.

NUA’s dedicated staff work hard to ensure that students are well-prepared to transition seamlessly from university to high-quality work or further study. The Employability and Careers Team provide personal advice sessions, workshops and in-course training throughout your time in the University. We are specialists in Employability in the creative industries, but all of our work is carefully tailored to the needs of individual students and graduates.

Contact the Employability Team

Speak to Sebastian Owen, Employability Adviser

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

Individual advice

If you are looking for ideas on careers, finding work, sponsorship, grants and funding, starting your own business, or if you haven’t got a clue what to do when you have finished your studies and want to talk it through the Careers Service is here to provide impartial advice and guidance to NUA students, past and present. If you would like an Employability appointment then please contact the Employability Adviser, Sebastian Owen, s.owen@nua.ac.uk to book an appointment.

Supporting Creative Start-ups

Smith Ltd working within the Ideas Factory at Norwich University of the Arts

Many creative professionals work as freelancers or start their own businesses. The Employability and Careers Team work closely with students and graduates to offer the advice and support they need to make this transition. Email Beth Sowersby, Business Innovation Manager for more information.

NUA also has a state-of-the-art Incubation Centre for creative digital businesses called The Ideas FactoryNUA. Set in the heart of Norwich’s creative community, we offer space, support and advice to digital creative companies. The centre offers a dynamic environment to work with like-minded businesses to build and grow your business. Find out more about the Incubation Centre.


The Careers and Employability team run workshops and input to courses on a range of careers related issues including presentations from practitioners from across the field of the creative industries, job finding, creative CVs, interview skills and organising work experience.

Creative Jobs Board

Students and graduates can access careers advice and browse job vacancies via our Creative Jobs Board on the NUA Intranet.

Opportunities for Industry Experience and Live Briefs

Freelancer working in the Ideas Factory at Norwich University of the Arts

Ideas FactoryNUA was established to facilitate closer links between the University and business and to bridge the transition from student to professional.

Academics and students work together on live projects as part of their curriculum in professional practice. Real work comes with real clients, real problems and real solutions. NUA students have designed logos, created new brand names, launched websites, built apps for the iPhone, re-designed magazines, curated shows, created sculpture and art commissions and broadcast films at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals.

Beyond graduation

NUA graduates can access many Employability and Careers services for free, including one-to-one appointments, business and freelancing advice and most of our events. Email s.owen@nua.ac.uk for more details.

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Platform is a series of workshops to help the artists and designers from across NUA’s disciplines who want to start a creative business, develop a project or become a freelancer. The interactive workshops cover everything from researching an idea, taking care of all the financial and legal issues, marketing your product or service and launching the business. Budding entrepreneurs will hear from NUA alumni who are successfully running their own businesses and meet industry experts for guidance and advice. Platform is open to all NUA students and graduates from the past 3 years. For more information please contact Beth Sowersby.