Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a specialist arts, architecture, design, media and creative science university. Students join a community that sparks with creativity at a university renowned for its teaching quality, industry-standard facilities and high student satisfaction. Thanks to a strong record on employability, NUA graduates lead successful careers across the creative arts: from fashion, fine art and film, to photography, games and visual effects.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: N39

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 95%
  • Postgraduate 5%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%

Where students come from

  • UK 93%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Student Services and Facilities


  • NUA has one of the largest specialist art, design and media library collections in the East of England, including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Student jobs

  • Norwich is a bustling city of shops, market stalls, cafés, restaurants and bars, so there are ample opportunities to find part-time work outside the university.
  • There are also opportunities at cultural events like the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival – an early summer celebration of the arts – plus opportunities to work for the university in roles such as invigilators, gallery assistants, events staff, student ambassadors, freelance photographers, designers and artists.
  • Events are regularly advertised on NUA's intranet and are supported by the Employability team.

Careers advice

  • Careers, employability and business support is available to NUA students and graduates through the Ideas Factory – home to a friendly, specialist careers service and a creative business incubation centre.
  • The Ideas Factory offers one-to-one careers advice, a rich program of events, visiting lecturers, creative industries networking, employability and business support integrated into the curriculum, business start-up and freelancing support.
  • Students can also develop their thinking about job opportunities and career choices by playing an innovative game called Profile, which will include virtual reality work experience from the autumn of 2018.

Health services

  • NUA runs a simplified student registration process with a Norwich GP practice.

Counselling services

  • NUA offers a free, confidential person-centred counselling service for all enrolled students through the Norwich Centre.
  • The Norwich Centre is based in the city and offers an independent, professional counselling service. There are both male and female counsellors; once students have made contact, they will be offered an appointment with whoever is available.

Disability support

  • NUA offers a dedicated Disability and Dyslexia Service providing information and advice on reasonable adjustments and support to both prospective and current students. This includes assistance with applying for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding support.
  • The university provides specialist mental health and autism spectrum mentoring and specialist dyslexia tutorials to many of its students who are in receipt of the DSA.
  • All NUA applications are considered on academic criteria but students are encouraged to disclose any disability they may have as early as possible in order that support or access needs can be identified and assessed. Please refer to the university website for further details and to contact the service.

Other services and facilities

  • NUA's courses are served by studios, media laboratories, workshops and creative spaces with industry-standard tools and technology.
  • The Ideas Factory is the university’s incubation space for creative and digital start-ups. It also hosts NUA’s creative agency, which provides opportunities for students to work on real world commercial projects with local, national and international organisations, and the university's Digital UX Research Laboratory.
  • East Gallery is the university's city-centre gallery space and home to NUA exhibitions or collaborations with national and international partners such as the Jerwood Prize, the Hayward Gallery and the Arts Council.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union represents students' voices and works with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) to improve the quality and consistency of the academic experience; it also entitles members to discounts in and around the country and overseas.
  • The SU takes a positive role in NUA's activities from both an academic and a social point of view and encourages students to join clubs and societies, or form new ones.
  • The successful student magazine Storehouse is designed and distributed by students, showcasing their work.


  • NUA traces its history to 1845 and Norwich School of Design. Today's campus is a mix of medieval, Victorian and Edwardian buildings converted into contemporary workspaces.
  • Double Oscar-nominated actor, the late Sir John Hurt, was NUA's first Chancellor when the institution was granted university status in 2012.

Fascinating Fact

  • Norwich University of the Arts' photography department is currently based in a medieval monastery building, built 500 years before photography was invented!

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Adam Adler – cartoonist/illustrator, The Times
  • Akin Akinsiku – former Head of Graphics, Nickelodeon Children’s BAFTA winner 2007
  • Brian Bolland – DC Comic illustrator, including Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Glenn Brown – artist, Turner Prize nominee 2000
  • Stuart Craig OBE – art director, three-time Oscar winner and production designer on all eight Harry Potter films
  • Sophia George, Kristian Francis, Rosie Ball – BAFTA nominees, 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards in Ones to Watch category
  • Keith Chapman – creator of Bob the Builder, PAW Patrol and Roary the Racing Car.


Norwich University of the Arts, Francis House, 3–7 Redwell Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SN