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Consistently rated as one of the safest and greenest cities in the UK, Norwich is alive with creativity.

An easily walkable city-centre houses six theatres, a flourishing music scene, a permanent six-day market, the vintage and independent shops of the Norwich Lanes, two shopping malls and four cinemas all against the backdrop of uniquely preserved and inspirational medieval architecture.

Student Experience at NUA

Watch a film about the student experience at NUA, featuring some of our student’s favourite locations and sights in Norwich City including galleries, the independent collective ‘Norwich Lanes’ and the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

Sheep at the Latitude festival

Latitude Festival

An award-winning multi-arts festival which takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk. Maccabees, New Order and The National headlined the 2016 event. Latitude offers an unrivalled selection of innovative arts programming, with eleven dedicated arts spaces offering comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature, poetry and cabaret.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival


Norwich was the first UK city to hold an arts festival back in 1772 and that tradition continues today. The city holds many festivals and arts events each year ranging from contemporary art, film, animation and music, to food and beer.

The city is a hub of creativity with a brilliant creative community including great music venues, and museums. It’s a perfect city to develop my interest in Community and public art.

Robert Grayson
BA Fine Art student

Live performance art


The city is home to a number of important galleries, such as the Norman Foster designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts which houses contemporary art and design including work from Francis Bacon, Giacometti and Henry Moore. The Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery contains a number of collections including the influential Norwich School of Artists such as Sir Alfred Munnings. Outpost and STEW are artist-led venues which offer a range of events for artists including networking, exhibitions and training workshops.

John Jarrold Printing Museum


Norwich is one of the UK’s most culturally vibrant cities. Your experience will be enriched by museums and venues such as the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, the Bridewell Museum, the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Strangers’ Hall, Dragon Hall, the Guildhall, and the John Jarrold printing museum.

Cinema City


Next door to the campus is Cinema City which shows a wide range of international film, video and animations. Norwich boasts three multiplex cinemas – Odeon, Hollywood and Ster – offering the latest blockbusters.

There’s nowhere else in Britain like it…it’s just such an unusual place, an unusual coastline, just completely different and unique to the rest of the country, and so that’s the other thing that I think makes East Anglia rather special.

Sir Peter Bazalgette
Chairman of Arts Council England



The Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Norwich Arts Centre are magnets for local, national and international productions including music, opera, ballet and drama, complementing many local and regional groups such as Maddermarket Theatre, UEA Drama Studio and the Puppet Theatre.

I love that NUA is surrounded by small cafes and galleries, there is loads of art around the Lanes.

Philippa Nash
BA Graphic Design student