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NUA launches new courses in Fashion Communication and Promotion and VFX

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has announced two new undergraduate degree courses which will begin in September 2015.

BA Fashion Communication and Promotion and BA VFX will be full-time, three year courses, with students acquiring the necessary creative and vocational skills to embark upon careers in the fashion and visual effects industries. Both courses will be practice-based and offer opportunities to collaborate on projects with existing courses.

Fashion Communication and Promotion Course Leader Harriet Posner joins NUA from design studio Brompton Finch where she was Creative Director. She was formerly a lecturer at the London College of Fashion and has lectured at the Istituto Marangoni and Amsterdam Fashion Academy. She has also written extensively about Fashion, including Marketing Fashion (Laurence King, Portfolio series), the definitive guide to understanding fundamental principles of fashion branding, marketing and promotion for a global market.

Harriet says: “BA Fashion Communication and Promotion is designed to enable students to become excellent communicators with the creativity to build, promote and sustain fashion brands. The course will enable students to develop strong ideas and an understanding of the appropriate media channels required to reach a target fashion audience.”

Saint John Walker has been appointed as Course Leader of BA VFX. In his previous role as Head of Development at Creative Skillset he worked closely with top VFX companies like Framestore and Double Negative on a range of training issues. He was also co-author of The Core Skills of VFX Handbook, used nationally by universities and colleges to raise the standard of VFX skills. He has run VFX courses at the National Film and Television School and worked on the UK government’s Next Gen report that helped ensure its support for the UK’s VFX industry.

Saint says: “This course will explore building new believable worlds for TV and film, but also beyond. Students will learn current industry workflows and meet inspiring VFX professionals, but more importantly will also gain the skills to take advantage of the world in three years’ time, with the growth of computer visualisation and simulation, for instance in architecture or medicine. They’ll acquire a unique mix of skills in digital arts, cinematography, code and 3D graphics which will give them wider careers opportunities in the arts and sciences.”

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “In our 170th anniversary year NUA is positioned to undergo a period of expansion through the development of new courses which respond to the real requirements of the UK’s burgeoning creative industries.

“With top grossing effects-heavy films such as the Harry Potter series, the Dark Knight trilogy, Gravity and the upcoming Interstellar utilising UK companies for visual effects, there is proven demand for VFX professionals in the UK film industry, while the UK’s position as one of the world capitals of the fast moving fashion industry generates opportunities to develop careers in a range of related professions including creative direction, event management, brand management, trendwatching and editorial writing. Our commitment to providing industry-standard learning resources and a professional skills focused curriculum will enable students of both courses to develop their talents for an exciting range of creative careers.”

NUA will hold undergraduate open days for prospective students wishing to attend talks on its courses and tour its city centre campus facilities on 30 October, 15 and 28 November and 8 January. To sign up for an open day place visit www.nua.ac.uk/opendays.

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