Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Image credits
 

News

NUA launches new postgraduate course in Games

Norwich’s national reputation as a source for highly talented video games creators and designers is to receive a serious boost with the announcement of the city’s first postgraduate course in games design.

computer room

The NUA Media Lab, which is typical of the resources provided to games students at the University

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), which already offers a BA in Games Art and Design that received a 94% satisfaction rating from graduates this year, has announced a new Masters degree course: MA Games. The full- or part-time course will offer a groundbreaking opportunity to study a Masters Degree, working in collaboration with a professional studio and will begin in September 2015, with applications now open.

The course has been developed as a postgraduate apprenticeship with the support of Creative Skillset and in conjunction with games studios. Students will negotiate bespoke access to in-studio resources with a games studio as well as utilising the University’s industry-standard media lab facilities supported by academic and technical staff.

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith, Dean of Arts and Media at NUA, says: “Norwich University of the Arts has an international reputation for innovation, artistic excellence and quality graduates in games education and is a natural fit for partnering Creative Skillset in developing this revolutionary new scheme. MA Games will offer a truly industry-facing vocational education that will place students with a games company working on the development of new games. This real life industry experience will contribute to the course work so they will graduate not only with a masters degree but also with valuable games industry knowledge and contacts.”

Kate O’Connor, Deputy CEO at Creative Skillset, says: “These new work-based qualifications have been developed by industry for industry to inject new skills, ideas and energy into creative businesses. They offer a real alternative to a traditional degree, enabling students to gain valuable work experience and industry contacts and to ‘earn while they learn’, whilst still achieving a degree qualification in their chosen discipline.”

Norwich University of the Arts also recently announced two new undergraduate courses starting next year – BA Fashion Communication and Promotion and BA VFX – and will also open new facilities for architecture and film and a digital start-up business incubation centre in 2015, the year it celebrates the 170th anniversary of its foundation. The University will hold an open day for prospective postgraduate students wishing to attend talks on its courses and tour its city centre campus facilities on Thursday 22 January, with further open days scheduled throughout the year. To sign up for an open day place visit www.nua.ac.uk/opendays.

Press and media

NUA news stories

Staff and students featured in NUA press releases are available for further comment.

Interview requests

Our academic staff are leading practitioners and researchers in the fields of the arts, design and media. They are available to provide expert comment on regional, national and international news stories related to higher education and the creative arts.

On campus filming and photography

All camera crews and photographers need advance permission to operate on the NUA campus. Alternatively the University has a wealth of photography and footage which can be provided on request.

Events

Members of the press are welcome to attend all events at NUA. Most exhibitions on the campus, including the Degree Shows, will have a private view event in advance of the public opening for the press and special guests. Details of these events are available on request.

Press visits

We are delighted to arrange campus tours and on-campus interviews with staff and students.

Media Contact

Paul Hill
Head of Communications

Call +44 (0) 1603 753270
email press@nua.ac.uk