Scholarships and awards

Scholarships and awards

Here you will find information about the scholarships, prizes and awards that are available to students at Norwich University of the Arts.

Each award has its own unique eligibility criteria – find out more by reading below. Eligible students will receive an email from NUA encouraging them to apply for awards and scholarships.

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Scholarships

BAFTA Scholarships

BAFTA Scholarships are available for MA Moving Image and Sound applicants.

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme aims to assist talented students in need of financial support on postgraduate courses.

Recipients receive up to £12,000 to cover their annual course fees; an industry mentor; and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. The MA Moving Image and Sound course at NUA is eligible for this scholarship.

Dubery & Brogden Scholarships

The Dubery and Brogden scholarships were established in 2016 following a substantial bequest made to the East Anglia Art Fund (EAAF) from the Estate of artists Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden. 

This money has enabled EAAF to provide scholarships worth £2,500 to undergraduate and postgraduate students on the following courses: Fine Art, Illustration, Textile Design and Fashion.

Acknowledging emerging talent and responding to financial need, these scholarships make a significant contribution towards study at NUA for a number of students. All postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students will be invited to apply in September of their starting year.

Feilden+Mawson Scholarship for Architecture

The Feilden+Mawson scholarship for Architecture was first awarded in 2016 and offers a second year BA (Hons) Architecture student £1,000 to assist with their final year of study, as well as a summer internship with the firm between their second and third years. 

Feilden+Mawson has long supported the arts and education since its beginnings in 1956 and is delighted to be continuing this tradition.

Philip Bodie, Partner at Feilden+Mawson said: “In the current educational climate where students are expected to top-up their student loans by taking on paid work, the Feilden+Mawson scholarship has been established to lessen this burden specifically for students who are on target to achieving a high-ranking degree.”

Awards

Through philanthropic support of NUA, the university is able to offer the following awards to students who have shown excellence through their studies:

The Angela Houston Travel and Research Award

This award is in memory of Angela Houston, an active committee member of the Costume and Textiles Association, based in Norwich. Angela had a passionate love of nature, using her knowledge of plants to dye the materials and garments which, as an accomplished spinner, weaver and knitter, she had created over the years.

The award offers BA (Hons) Textile Design students the opportunity to further their studies by funding materials, travel opportunities or further workshops/training. 

The Bishop’s Art Prize

Established in 2003 and generously sponsored by the Bishop of Norwich, the Bishop’s Art Prize welcomes all final year undergraduate and postgraduate students to respond to a theme and showcase the diverse application of art, design, media and architecture.

Shortlisted entrants are then invited to display their work in an exhibition held in The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. First (£1000), Second (£500) and Third (£250) prizes are awarded on the Private View night by the Bishop.

The Helen Hoyte Award

The Helen Hoyte Award was established in 2020 and is open to all second year BA (Hons) Textile Design students, thanks to the Costume & Textile Association (C&TA). The prize is awarded at the end of BA2a to a student who has effectively used research to inform their practice. 

The Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art

Established in 2012 this annual award is open to eligible BA (Hons) Fine Art students in memory of Jennifer Davey who was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History.

Worth £500, the award is given to a student who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study and who, with an extra bit of encouragement and financial support, can increase their marks further during their final year. The award is presented by Jennifer’s husband, Brian Davey.

The Nic Hughes Travel Prize

The Nic Hughes Travel prize is offered in memory of former BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Lecturer Nic Hughes, whose family kindly left a legacy to NUA in his name.

The prize is awarded to a second year Graphic Communication student who has shown great improvement between their first and second years, and who’s experience will be enriched by a travel opportunity.

The Richardson Brown Travel Prize

The Richardson Brown Travel Prize is offered in memory of former student Frances Brown, who left a legacy to NUA in her will to award a travel bursary worth £500.

The prize is offered to a current second year student who has shown excellence in their studies and who has demonstrated that the opportunity to travel abroad will notably enhance their creative practice.

Degree Show Prizes

Finally, the following prizes are awarded to students based solely on their end of year show. Students do not need to ‘apply’ for these prizes. Instead, the award sponsors will visit the Degree Shows in order to view all work and create a shortlist. The winning students are then notified by NUA and prize plaques will be installed alongside all winning work on display.

The Chair of University Council Prize

The Chair of University Council Prize is awarded by the Chair of Governors to a piece of outstanding work on display in the Degree Show. 

Clancy Consulting Award for Structural Excellence

Established in 2019, the Clancy Consulting Award for Structural Excellence is presented annually to a final year student studying BA (Hons) Architecture, who produces the most outstanding project according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates excellence in the consideration of structure 
  2. Shows an innovative approach to solving structural problems

 

The prize, worth £200, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

David Thorpe Memorial Prize

The David Thorpe Memorial Prize is awarded annually by Linda Thorpe in memory of her late son, David Thorpe, a former NUA BA (Hons) Design for Publishing student.

This prize, worth £25, is awarded to the student who has shown the greatest improvement over their three years on the course.

Elsie Cole Prize

The Elsie Cole Memorial Prize is a historical legacy, generously left in Elsie Cole’s will to NUA. Elsie Cole studied at the Norwich School of Art between 1908-1910 and her prize, worth £100, is awarded to a BA (Hons) Graphic Communications student who has created the most outstanding work in their degree show and showed the most improvement over their three years on the course. 

Fairhurst Gallery Prize

The Fairhurst Gallery Prize is awarded annually by the local Fairhurst Gallery & Workshop based off Bedford Street in Norwich. The award is presented during the MA Degree Shows by Dulcie Humphrey (Gallery Co-Owner) and Nina Fowler (Assistant Gallery Director) to a graduating MA Fine Art student. 

Hamson Barron Smith Award for Sustainable Design

This award is presented annually to a final year student studying on BA (Hons) Architecture whose project work shows the most promising approach to environmental considerations according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates a sustained approach to environmentally aware architecture and urbanism.
  2. Illustrates a considered approach to environmental design for cities; landscapes; public spaces; materials; industrial, retail and/or residential architecture.

 

The prize, worth £200, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

The High House Residency

The High House Residency is a month-long summer residency offered by sculptor Sir Antony Gormley and painter Vicken Parsons.

All graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art students  are invited to submit a proposal and two students are then selected by the team at High House. 

The residency includes use of a studio, access to the abundance of resources on the High House estate, accommodation and a final crit with Antony and Vicken. 

Keyphoto Prize

This prize is awarded to a graduating BA (Hons) Photography student who has demonstrated excellence in their final year of study. 

LSI Architects Drawing Prize

This award is presented annually to a final year BA (Hons) Architecture student who produces the most outstanding drawing for presentation at the summer exhibition according to the following criteria:

  1. The drawing clearly communicates without the need for reference to other images or texts and evokes what it is intended to portray
  2. The drawing comprises drawn lines, tones, planes etc (i.e. is not formed from a photographic collage, or produced by another ‘painterly’ process).
  3. The drawing displays excellence in the medium used, whether manual, CAD-assisted, or a combination of the two.
  4. The drawing has distinct qualities that could be described as engaging, winsome or whimsical.

 

The prize, worth £200, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Prize

The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (NCAS) Prize is generously awarded each year by members of the NCAS Committee. The prize, worth £500, is presented to a graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art student who has excelled in their final year of study and demonstrated this in their outstanding final exhibition.

NPS Award for Socially Responsible Design

Established in 2019, the NPS Award for Socially Responsible Design is awarded to a graduating BA (Hons) Interior Design student who has clearly demonstrated the following criteria:

  1. An innovative and responsible approach to design that embraces social, well-being and inclusive values to contribute positively to the aspirations and lifestyles of potential users. 

 

The award, worth £250, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

Purcell Research Report Prize

This award is presented annually to a final year student studying on BA (Hons) Architecture who produces the most outstanding Research Report according to the following criteria:

  1. The topic is contemporary and relevant to issues pertinent to the wider architectural community
  2. The report has a clear argument and demonstrates strong analytical skills and use of evidence.
  3. The report is engaging and articulate in style and has been designed professionally with clear consideration of aesthetics and layout.

 

The prize, worth £300, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

RIBA East Student Award for Outstanding Design

This award is presented annually to celebrate the talent of final year BA (Hons) Architecture students in the region and to reward them in the pursuit of excellent in the study of architecture. 

The prize, worth £300, is presented at the Industry Awards Evening. 

Robert Boyall Prize

This prize was established in 2016 by Keith and Kay Boyall in memory of their son, Robert Boyall. Robert was a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student at NUA from 2011-2015, who developed a special interest in Typography.

Keith and Kay generously award £250 each year to a graduating Graphic Design student who demonstrates a shared passion for Typography.

Vernon Crowther Prize for Fine Art

The Vernon Crowther Prize for Fine Art is awarded to a graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art student who has demonstrated excellence during their final year of study. The award, generously gifted by Sylvia Ackling, is worth £500. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Prize

The Vice-Chancellor’s Prize is awarded annually by Professor John Last to a piece of outstanding work on display in the Degree Show. The award is worth £200.

Walter Scott Prize

This prize, held annually as part of the Degree Shows, is awarded to a BA (Hons) Graphic Communications student who has created outstanding work in their end of year show and demonstrated the most improvement over the course. The prize is worth £100. 

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