Norwich University of the Arts is at the forefront of exciting and influential research: we challenge conventions, offer new insights and create original applications.
Our research was recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 19% of the overall quality of the University’s submission judged as ‘world leading’ and 36% as ‘internationally excellent’.
This result endorses the broader research environment at NUA, which provides staff and students with a rich context in which to experiment, to question and to practice.
Visit our Online Research Repository to search and access research outputs produced by NUA staff.
A vibrant environment
While maintaining our strong reputation for leading research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, we are fast growing our portfolio in the following areas: Illustration, Games Design, Film, Fashion, Photography, Communication Design and Architecture.
NUA researchers benefit from access to world class resources to support their ambitions and activities. For example, we have studio spaces, specialist workshops, state-of-the-art computing facilities and a digital user testing laboratory (UX Lab).
East GalleryNUA forms an important part of our campus infrastructure and is a focus for NUA’s research environment, attracting internationally renowned researchers, practitioners and critics to our community.
Our Library is host to an on-campus archive of Special Collections, offering a wealth of source material for research purposes. The University also hosts the extensive EASTinternational Collection featuring the work of over 700 prominent artists.
Dynamic programming and events
Throughout the year, the University runs a range of research events and research training opportunities: symposia, seminars, gallery talks, exhibitions and masterclasses to name but a few. Once a term, the whole research community (academic staff and postgraduate research students) gathers to celebrate achievements, discuss critical issues and to share best practice.
We run: a monthly University Research Seminar Series, welcoming a mix of national and international speakers to campus; a Research Fellowship programme for our academic staff to pursue original projects; and, a University Research and Innovation Fellows programme, which enables external specialists to participate in, and enrich, our endeavours.
Global partners, making a difference
We are committed to generating new knowledge that contributes to contemporary culture, society and public well-being. NUA enjoys working collaboratively with national and international partners and has been successful in securing funding from prestigious stakeholders to support its research and researchers.
Recent, and ongoing, projects have been carried out in partnership with: the Broads Authority; Tate Liverpool; Norwich Castle Museum; West Front Centre, Nieuwpoort; Rotary International; Art Lacuna Gallery, London; Oxford ReLit; Norfolk and Norwich Festival; 14-18 NOW, and the Royal United Services Institute, London.
NUA is proud to be a founding member of CREST (the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training), a flourishing network of Universities and Colleges engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research and training.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
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We welcome Professor Larra Anderson to our community of Makers & Creators.
Gina Jackson, Games industry pioneer and Honorary Fellow made an OBE in 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours
For services to Education and Diversity in the Video Games Industry.
Graduates and staff shortlisted for prizes at Holt Festival 2020
Staff and graduates across Fine Art, Illustration and Photography have been shortlisted.
Student blog: Art Deco by the Sea at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
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From the moment we are born we rely on textiles. Meet Kate Farley, textile designer and innovator.
From Singapore to Norwich: an interview with Ernest Seah
Singaporean student Ernest Seah discusses why he chose to study MA Fine Art at NUA.
An interview with Sarah Hakimah
International student Sarah Hakimah travelled from Indonesia to study MA Communication Design.
5 ways the fashion industry can be more sustainable
BA Fashion student & menswear designer Elisabeth Kiko asks how can the industry be more eco friendly