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We work with universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop exciting and relevant research.

Our international activities explore new ways in which art, design, architecture and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to knowledge and understanding of contemporary culture, society and quality of life.

The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins NUA’s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design, architecture and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications. Their outcomes provide audiences with access to creative disciplines, innovative practices and cultural heritage. In developing NUA’s research, staff and students have been publicly recognised for their work in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Following the successes achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) where 55% of our research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a further 40% of our research was classed as internationally recognised, and 90% of our research was deemed to have an impact that was ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – the strategic development of research was further clarified. While maintaining its strong reputation for research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, NUA is concentrating on developing new areas of research in, for example, Illustration, Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture, and in 2013 introduced three cross-disciplinary University Research Themes that were subsequently consolidated in 2015 in the new University Research Strategy, 2015-2020.

In the coming years the University will continue to emphasise the integration of academic staff and postgraduate student research through joint staff-student initiatives coordinated by the Research Office, utilising key resources for innovation including the University studios and laboratories, the East GalleryNUA and the Ideas FactoryNUA. By expanding external partnerships with key European organisations the institution will increase postgraduate student numbers while maintaining a highly selective approach to staff and student recruitment, focused around identified areas of expertise. Building on the work of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), NUA will co-lead the development of specialist European postgraduate and research initiatives to develop the international infrastructure for research in the disciplines.

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The Association for Photography in Higher Education Call For Papers

The Association for Photography in Higher Education and Norwich University of the Arts invite submissions to the summer conference held at NUA. ‘Human Interfaces: Borderless (Dis)Connections and Disrupted Futures’, is the Association for Photography in Higher Education’s three-day summer conference. This year’s theme addresses the complexities of how and what it means to be human now, exploring the functions, affects and dynamics of how identity is constructed through narratives, histories and social geography; through the exploration of relationships between communities and individuals, between power and empowerment, nature and nurture and representations of the human condition through technology – between the ‘real’ world, a digitally networked one and the space in-between. Proposals should be emailed to apheuk@gmail.com by 23rd April 2017.

Download the Call for Papers


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NUA Research Online

Visit NUA’s online research archive which provides public access to a digital snapshot of the research, enterprise and practice generated by research-active staff and postgraduate students.

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NUA is a founding member of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), a network of Universities and Colleges engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research projects and training for research-active staff and students.

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Download Norwich University of the Art’s Code of Practice for REF2014:


Research Degree Supervisors

Find out more about the staff currently supervising research at Norwich University of the Arts.


Academic Staff Profiles

All academic staff at NUA are practising artists, designers, media makers and academics. Read their profiles to find out more about their research and practice.

Work with us

We welcome enquiries about applied and collaborative research activities and opportunities. If you are interested in working with us, or if you would like further information about our research environment, please contact:

email research@nua.ac.uk