Postgraduate course information
Postgraduate study at NUA is your blank canvas. The only limit to what you can achieve as a postgraduate student is your own imagination; your own curiosity; your own determination.
From Fashion to Photography, our MA courses sit at the cutting-edge of their disciplines. You’ll be stimulated and inspired, guided and supported as you immerse yourself in your chosen field.
Fulfil your creative potential
Our postgraduate students bring more than just a passion for creativity and original thinking. They’re ready to challenge and collaborate. They know when to reflect and evaluate.
Grow your personal practice
At NUA, postgraduate study is more than an extension of undergraduate learning. It’s a launchpad for entrepreneurship, academic research, intellectual inquiry and creative employment.
Choose NUA for your postgraduate study and you’ll enjoy:
- Freedom to advance your creative practice in a vibrant and supportive environment
- Space to conduct independent research and develop your ideas
- Opportunities for multi-disciplinary research, discussion and debate
- Professional networking opportunities that encourage collaboration.
Postgraduate student experience
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll be encouraged to explore your ideas and deepen your creative practice. An ethos of creative production through independent learning underpins all our MA courses, and you’ll be supported with a variety of teaching and learning methods, including group tutorials, live briefs and project proposals, as well as having the opportunity to collaborate with peers from other creative disciplines.
Our academic staff will support, encourage and challenge you to create your best work. They are also actively engaged in contemporary practice in their specialism and frequently lead or contribute to external projects.
MA course structure and delivery
Masters courses at NUA can be studied either full-time over 42 weeks or part-time over 84 weeks.
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll be supported to develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn more about professional practice in your field throughout the course, preparing you for success in the workplace when you graduate.
A Masters degree is the ideal springboard into an academic or research-based career. Postgraduate students at NUA can attend our research seminar programme to engage with national and international research and practice.
Graduate academic assistant opportunities
Many postgraduate students who are interested in an academic career are eligible to apply for graduate academic assistant roles. These paid roles provide valuable experience of working in a higher education environment.
Jeanette Bolton Martin
"As an MA student, there’s a focus on students being able to follow their own path to develop their practice."
"The really interesting thing about the MA is that it’s practice-led. Practice is absolutely your main focus and this exciting process is about shaping and reshaping what you do."
MA Fine Art
"What I most loved about my experience, is that the MA teaching and support staff is incredibly hands on, generous and engaged with each of the students."
MA Communication Design
"The MA is really about your professional development and not just whilst you are on the course but also where you are heading."
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Three students shortlisted for The Batsford Prize 2019
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