• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.04 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.69 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.18 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    57.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    70.8 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    82.0 / 100.0

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a dynamic and creative community providing arts, design, architecture, media and creative science education. Under 2 hours from London and an 1 hour from Cambridge, the vibrant NUA campus is in the heart of the city centre in Norwich’s cultural quarter, in beautiful buildings dating from medieval times to present day. NUA's courses feed into a highly competitive industry so the university does all it can to give our students the academic and vocational preparation for success: graduates have gone on to hold key positions within leading arts organisations, museums and galleries as well as within all sectors of the creative arts.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful applicants are invited to a face-to-face interview with either the course lead or lecturers. They are required to present a portfolio of their work and examples of their practice – either digitally or physically. Applicants who are not ready to commence a degree may instead be offered a place on a 4-year degree course. The completion of a Foundation Diploma, Art & Design is not a pre-requisite for BA (Hons) courses at NUA.
  • Students for BA (Hons) courses require BBB grades at A level – however an applicant’s interview and portfolio can secure them a place if it shows good working practice. For further information or clarification on other Level 3 qualifications, please visit the university website.
  • Candidates for undergraduate courses should apply online through UCAS, noting the relevant deadlines. Consideration of late submissions will depend on the number of applications and the take up of offers in that given year. Offers are made on the basis of merit.
  • Applications to postgraduate courses are made directly to the university using an MA Application Form. This can be found on the university website.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Top rated learning resources – our specialist facilities include the world-class media lab; industry standard digital design, editing and sound facilities; print and etching studios; a foundry; and wood and metal workshops.

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • NUA encourages independent learning as a fundamental of self-development. Agreements with tutors focus on personal study and help students negotiate individual pathways through their courses.
  • Most courses include units of self-managed learning and exploration that allow students to concentrate on areas of particular interest.
  • NUA offers four 4-year degrees: Film and Moving Image Production, Games Art and Design, Graphic Design, and Fine Art.
  • NUA holds a current Erasmus Charter which means that students can benefit from an accredited period of study abroad as part of their degree. Students can take between 3 months and 1 year of their course in a European study destination as part of the British Council Erasmus programme, and each year there are a number of opportunities for students to undertake exchanges to approved European partner universities with the benefit of Erasmus funding support.

Student Services and Facilities

  • NUA facilities include well-equipped studios, workshops, exhibition and learning spaces that are rated highly by staff and students. Students have access to specialist resources and technical support provided in industry-equipped workshops that include: a media lab; industry standard digital design, editing and sound facilities; print and etching studios; a foundry; and wood and metal workshops.
  • East GalleryNUA provides a valuable resource for NUA students as well as the opportunity to work as Gallery Assistants, by showcasing the best modern and contemporary art; including recently, the British Art Show 8, the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, and a virtual reality installation by computer artist William Latham.
  • The library houses the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the eastern region, including 32,000 books, over 1,300 journals, over 3,000 DVDs, and an extensive bank of electronic resources.
  • NUA has its own art materials shop, open daily, which sells a wide range of basic and specialist art supplies at discounted prices.
  • Set on the NUA campus in the heart of Norwich's creative community is Ideas FactoryNUA, an incubation centre offering rented office space, support and advice to graduates and digital creative companies.

Disability Services

  • The Student Support office ensures that students receive all the practical, personal and financial help they may need.
  • A dedicated Disability Support and Dyslexia Service provides a wide range of information and advice to prospective and current students, as well as assistance with applying for funding support through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
  • All applications to Norwich University of the Arts 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.

Students' Union

  • As well as representing students' voices and working with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) to improve the quality and consistency of the academic experience, the SU 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Due to the university's central location, its proximity to shops, restaurants and other amenities and a large student population in Norwich, there are ample and diverse part-time job opportunities available.
  • These include opportunities to work at external events such as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a well known annual event celebrating the Arts.
  • Events are regularly advertised on NUA's intranet and are supported by the Careers Service.
  • Students also have opportunities to work for the university as invigilators, gallery assistants, events staff, Student Ambassadors, freelance photographers, designers and artists, among other roles.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service provides support for all students up to 3 years after graduation, or for life if alumni members; the centre has attained the MATRIX standard, a national quality standard ensuring that students receive a high quality overall service.
  • The university aims to support students to move into work or further study. The Careers Centre provides personal 1-to-1 advice sessions, along in-course training on a range of careers related issues: from presentations by practitioners in all fields of the creative industries, to workshops on job finding, creative CVs, interview skills and organising work experience.
  • The Careers Centre can help students decide on a particular career, including preparing for the transition to the working environment, advice on relevant skills and the knowledge required to work in a commercial environment.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 96%
  • Postgraduate 4%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 97%
  • Part Time 3%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%


  • Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a specialist arts, design, architecture and media institution, granted full university status in 2012. In 2015 NUA celebrated its 170th year, having been established in 1845 as the Norwich School of Design.
  • While the institution’s history can be traced back to 1845, it is contemporary and forward thinking and continues to thrive, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community, providing vocational practice-based courses.
  • In September 2017 NUA launched 3 new BSc (Hons) courses, the first time the university has offered science degrees. The Creative Science courses are Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience Design.

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Adler – cartoonist/illustrator, The Times.
  • Akin Akinsiku – former Head of Graphics, Nickelodeon Children’s BAFTA winner 2007.
  • Gordon Beckett – design editor and visiting NUA Professor, The Sunday Times.
  • Brian Bolland – DC Comic Illustrator, including Batman comic The Killing Joke.
  • Glenn Brown – artist, Turner Prize nominee 2000.
  • Stuart Craig OBE – art director, 3- time Oscar winner and production designer on all 8 Harry Potter films.
  • Ben Farrin – founder and Managing Director, The Student Pocket Guide Ltd, Barclays £50,000 Enterprise competition winner 2011.
  • Sophia George, Kristian Francis, Rosie Ball – BAFTA nominees, 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards in Ones to Watch category.
  • Tim Stoner – artist, Becks Future Prize winner 2001.
  • Christopher Thompson – artist, regular BP Portrait Award exhibitor.

Further Details

Address Norwich University of the Arts
Francis House
3–7 Redwell Street
UCAS Code N39