Information for schools and colleges

Information for schools and colleges

NUA works closely with teachers and advisers to champion and nurture creativity both within the UK and internationally.

Bespoke sessions for schools and colleges

We are able to offer a wide range of bespoke and exclusive sessions for schools and colleges on request. Many of our activities can take place in your classroom, online or here at NUA. A number of Gatsby Benchmarks are embedded into every delivery.* 

Our list of activities is constantly evolving and includes:

Introductions to Creative Higher Education

  • Why Creative?: A presentation on the benefits of studying a creative subject including job prospects, creative courses and graduate case studies.
  • Introduction to NUA: Looks at who we are and what we make! This touches on our community, facilities, industry connections and how we set up our students for the next stage in their career.  

Application Advice

  • Stand Out Portfolio Advice: Get hints and tips to show off your work at it’s best.
  • Audition Advice: Discover strategies for delivering a great audition whilst also looking at NUA’s audition process for our new Acting course. 
  • Personal Statement Advice: Three innovative processes to help you draft a standout personal statement!
  • Portfolio reviews: 15-20min 1-1s to support and encourage students with their applications (only open to those that have NUA as a UCAS choice)

Creative Mental Health Awareness

  • Recovery Curriculum: Creative mental health first aid workshops that highlight how we can communicate our inner thoughts and feelings, and understand others through Media, Art, Design and Performance based practical workshops.
  • Creative Stress Management: Identify key stress factors in our lives and use your creativity to identify how to overcome some of life’s challenges.

Multidisciplinary workshops (cross-over subject areas)

  • Sculpture Matters: Discover why 3D making is important through a series of live making exercises. Sculpture is a foundational practice, which embodies a range of skills that can be applied across different practices.
  • Collage Zine: Using magazines, images, photographs, newspapers and your imagination, create a Collage Zine about a theme/subject you are passionate about!
  • Photographing 2D and 3D Artworks: Professional and freelance photographer Jeremy Webb covers the basics of capturing the best image of your 2D and 3D artworks.
  • Critique workshops: Introducing the value of a critique and setting up a safe context for students to discuss work and learn from one another’s ideas and perspectives.
  • Life Drawing: with clothed or semi-clothed models. 

Examples of subject based workshops (free downloads of these lesson plans can be found below)

  • Repeat Pattern Workshop: Textile Media Artist Nikkita Morgan looks at creating repeat patterns through observational drawing.
  • Fine Art Workshop: A look at how artists use instruction as a method of making and creating.
  • Architecture Workshop: A look at how building design can be reflected in it’s function.
  • Fashion Illustration Workshop: Explore fashion illustration through drawing and mark-making, in response to NUA’s BA (Hons) Fashion collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2018.
  • Documentary Filmmaking (3 Sessions): This series of workshops covers storytelling, conducting interviews and piecing together your documentary film.
  • Introduction to Game Design (2 Sessions): Learn about the UK game industry, character design methods and techniques used by Nintendo developers to create your own 2D video game level!

On Campus Activities (subject to availability and COVID-19 guidance)

  • Guided Campus Tours: A chance to see our facilities and find out about our creative community first hand. Book your place.
  • Master Classes with East GalleryNUA: We can run bespoke workshops to tie in with exhibitions that feature in East Gallery NUA’s touring exhibitions. See what’s on.
  • User (UX) Lab Experience: Test prototypes of websites, apps, games and animations in our state of the art facility.
  • Open Days: Book a place on an Online Open Day.

*Please let us know if you require details of specific benchmark targets for your group(s).

(Activities are designed with students from Year 8 – Foundation level in mind. They are typically 20-60 minutes and can be tailored to suit your needs.)

Get in touch

If you are interested in any of the above or any activities that are not listed, please do get in touch with us at

Network of East Anglian Art Teachers

The Network of East Anglian Art Teachers (NEAAT) is a network of teachers of art from East Anglia working together, with support from NUA, to celebrate, support and promote art in schools.

NEAAT believe the arts are special in our region and that art teachers need to be part of an empowering and enriching network of fellow educators that can support and help develop an exciting provision for students.

You can find out more about the NEAAT group on their facebook page via the link below;

Summer School Workshops

During the summer of 2020 we ran twelve creative online workshops for ages 14 – 19. These sessions were led by NUA alumni, staff and practising artists. Subjects included a wide range of creative practices from designing album covers and expressive painting, through to creating their own 3D characters on free software like Blender.

Teacher, Technician and Adviser Workshop Series

During the 2020 Teacher, Technician and Adviser online workshop series, our twelve sessions covered a wide range of creative practices from UX design and storytelling development, through to sculptural and interior design.

Workshop worksheets and other useful resources

Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

Book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, please give us a call.