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4 year degrees

4 year degrees

Four year degrees are all about developing the skills and knowledge you need to successfully complete your degree course. 

Building on your experience from A Level or equivalent courses, the Year 0 curriculum allows extra time to develop the practical, technical and creative skills that are critical to successfully completing an undergraduate degree at Norwich University of the Arts.

Year 0 courses

If you’ve got your heart set on studying Film and Moving Image Production, Fine Art, Games Art and Design, Graphic Design or Illustration and Photography, but feel you don’t yet have the experience or range of skills needed to undertake degree-level study in three years, you might want to consider a four year degree.

A high proportion of our four year degree students achieve first or 2:1 degrees. Many go on to be prize winners and enter postgraduate study.

What will I do in Year 0?

Most teaching in Year 0 takes place in the studio. You’ll be taught by the same staff who will teach you in Year 1, and you’ll be introduced to the workshops and facilities relevant to your course of study, allowing you to build the skills you’ll need in subsequent years of study.

You’ll also gain valuable experience of collaborative working, crits and public exhibitions before you start Year 1.

Year 0 structure

Year 0 is structured in two parts. For the first 10 weeks you’ll be taught together in small groups, immersing yourself in the creative process and growing in confidence through creative play and making. You’ll start to build a toolkit of skills and techniques that will equip you to excel in later study.

In the second part (20 weeks) you’ll build on those skills and begin to learn more independently, balancing thinking skills with making skills. You’ll start to develop your own visual language, using techniques of research, questioning, ideas development and visual realisation and applying them to your specific course.

Year 0 courses at NUA

Entry requirements can be found on each course page.

BA Film and Moving Image Production

Develop key storytelling skills including writing, storyboarding and staging scenes. Work towards filming a short drama and gain a thorough grounding in the building blocks of Film Production craft.

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BA Fine Art

Work on briefs that push you to experiment, edit and refine your work as you encounter different areas of the Fine Art discipline. Experience key workshop areas and take advantage of opportunities to exhibit publicly.

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BA Games Art and Design

Acquire key skills inherent to character, asset and environment design. You’ll also develop gameplay for a platform game, establishing a firm foundation on which to build your skills.

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BA Graphic Design

Gain fundamental design skills centred around typography, publishing, and building a brand. You’ll also experience the key areas central to Graphic Design and build on your hand-based and digital skills.

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BA Illustration

Through studio based workshops you’ll develop visual research strategies, considering narrative, and illustration as a mode of communication. You’ll explore a range approaches to image making, preparing you for further study.   

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BA Photography

Build on technical and craft skills that are fundamental to a sustainable photographic practice, while working on briefs that encourage visual research, documentation and communication within a range of different contexts.

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Russian student Nina Afonia stands in the Film and Moving image space at Norwich University of the Arts

Nina Afonina

"Whether you have experience or not, the Year 0 course is a chance to discover something new in yourself. I can say with full confidence that the Year 0 course is worth taking."

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

Appeals and complaints

The University has in place procedures to allow applicants to make an appeal against a decision on their application, or to make a complaint about procedures involved in the applications process. Please see the following documents for details:

Applicant Complaints Procedure

Applicant Appeals Procedure

For further information, contact registry@nua.ac.uk.

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