Norwich University of the Arts

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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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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    4.15 / 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 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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    63.1 / 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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    67.9 / 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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    88.5 / 100.0


  • Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a specialist arts, design, architecture and media university with full responsibility for all course content and was granted full University status in 2012.
  • In 2015 NUA celebrated its 170th year, having been established in 1845 as the Norwich School of Design.
  • NUA is dedicated to providing vocational, practice based courses which allow students to enter an exciting and challenging community of artists, designers and makers who share their passions and interests. Whilst the institution’s history can be traced back to 1845, it is contemporary and forward thinking with industry standard facilities in its city centre campus.
  • Today NUA continues to thrive as an established university sector institution, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community.

Location and Transport

  • Under two hours from London, and an hour from Cambridge, the contemporary city of Norwich combines a rich sense of history, including the stunning 900-year-old cathedral, with ultra-modern developments such as the Forum.
  • The campus is in the heart of the city centre in Norwich’s cultural quarter, just a ten minute walk from the railway station.
  • Within minutes by car or train, or a little longer by bike, you can be out of the city into the beautiful surrounding landscape – including the lakes and rivers of the Norfolk Broads.
  • The coast and some of the most spectacular beaches in the UK are just 30 minutes from campus.

Entry Requirements

  • Applications are judged on an interview, portfolio of work and qualifications. Applicants who aren’t ready to commence a degree may be offered a four-year degree course.
  • All entry requirements can be found on our website. The completion of a Foundation Diploma, Art & Design is not a per-requisite for BA (Hons) course at NUA.
  • When applying for our BA (Hons) courses, the entry requirement for applicants taking A Levels is BBB. For further information or clarification on other Level 3 qualifications, please visit our website.
  • Candidates for undergraduate courses should apply online through the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). Be aware there are deadlines for UCAS to receive your application. 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 all postgraduate courses are made directly to the university using an MA Application Form. The form and full details on applying can be found on the postgraduate pages of our website.

Student Mix

The 1,875 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 97%
  • Postgraduate 3%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%


  • UK 95%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

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 two 4 year degrees: BA Fine Art and BA Graphic Design, each including Year 0.
  • 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.

Teaching Standards

  • 96% student retention rate. Students who start at NUA stay here.
  • 92% of graduates were in employment or further study within six months (DLHE 2013–14).
  • NUA was rated the Top Specialist Arts, Design and Media University for Student Satisfaction in the 2013 and 2014 National Student Surveys.
  • 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.
  • Five art, design and media courses at NUA have been endorsed by Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries, in recognition of their links to the creative sectors and track records in securing employment for their graduates. NUA's BA Film and Moving Image Production, Photography, Games Art and Design and Graphic Design, as well as MA Moving Image and Sound all have the Creative Skillset Tick, an essential signpost which tells potential students the course has gone through thorough assessment, including a review of graduate employment, work experience and links with industry, which contribute to improved employment prospects on completion of the course.

Research Standards

  • Achieved success in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) where 55% of our research was classed as 'world leading' or '‘internationally excellent'.
  • A further 40% of our research was classed as internationally recognised, and 90% of our research was deemed to have an impact that was 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' – the strategic development of research was further clarified.
  • While maintaining its strong reputation for research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, NUA is concentrating on developing new areas of research in, for example, Illustration, Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture, and in 2013 introduced three cross-disciplinary university research themes that were subsequently consolidated in 2015 in the new University Research Strategy, 2015–20.
  • In the coming years the university will continue to emphasise the integration of academic staff and postgraduate student research through joint staff-student initiatives coordinated by the Research Office, utilising key resources for innovation including the university studios and laboratories, the East GalleryNUA and the Ideas FactoryNUA.
  • By expanding external partnerships with key European organisations the institution will increase postgraduate student numbers while maintaining a highly selective approach to staff and student recruitment, focused around identified areas of expertise. Building on the work of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), NUA will co-lead the development of specialist European postgraduate and research initiatives to develop the international infrastructure for research in the disciplines.

Academic Strengths

  • Our specialist provision and sole focus on art, design, architecture and media ensures a world-class educational experience.
  • All teaching and technical staff are practicing artists, designers, media makers and academics who bring these perspectives to their teaching and their networks to the studios and lecture theatres.
  • The quality of our academic resources is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • Our award-winning Ideas Factory@NUA supports and develops the successful and fruitful links to the creative industries to provide competitive opportunities and exposure for our students.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • NUA facilities (including studios, workshops, exhibition and learning spaces) are well equipped and rated highly by staff and students.
  • The onsite public art gallery enables students to showcase their work and gain curating and exhibition organising experience.
  • The library houses the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the eastern region, including 32,000 books, subscriptions to over 1,300 journals, over 3,000 DVDs and an extensive bank of electronic resources.
  • Norwich was the UK's first city to experiment with free wi-fi. NUA continues to offer broadband wireless connectivity on campus.
  • NUA has its own art materials shop, open daily, which sells a wide range of basic and specialist art supplies at discounted prices.

Disability Services

  • The Student Support office is in place to ensure that students receive all practical, personal and financial help they may need.
  • It offers dedicated Disability Support and Dyslexia Services, providing 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.
  • Staff in Student Support can be contacted at or and can help to ensure you understand all stages of the application process and answer any queries you may have.

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, an annual cultural event, and as part of the British Art Show 8 during their 2016 tour.
  •  Events are regularly advertised on NUA's intranet and 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 registered students as well as graduates for up to three years after graduation, or for life if alumni members.
  • The University wants to ensure that students have the best possible chance of moving forward from the learning environment to a world of work or further study; the Careers Centre is therefore committed to providing advice in the form of personal one-on-one advice sessions and workshops, as well as in-course training throughout your time in the University.
  • The Careers Centre workshops and in-course training cover a range of careers related issues, including presentations from practitioners from across the field of the creative industries, job finding, creative CVs, interview skills and organising work experience.
  • The Careers Centre can help you decide on a particular career, prepare you for the transition to the working environment and can advise you on the relevant skills and knowledge required to work in a commercial environment.
  • The centre has attained the MATRIX standard, a national quality standard and one which will ensure that you receive a high quality overall service.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In September 2015, NUA opened two newly refurbished city centre buildings. Boardman House, which was designed by renowned Norwich architect Edward Boardman (who also designed the original Norfolk and Norwich Hospital) in 1879, has been refurbished to accommodate NUA’s expanding architecture course as well as media studio space. NUA's gallery and business centre – ideasfactory@NUA – has also been given a new home in a specially remodelled building.
  • The Guntons Building has been newly renovated with a glass atrium and statement staircase creating a fresh, contemporary entrance to NUA’s design studios.
  • A multi-million pound investment in the Media Lab ensures students have access to all the latest industry standard software and equipment.
  • Renovation in 2011 led to the opening of the photography studio, with all the facilities necessary for contemporary photography education housed in 13th-century monastic remains.
  • The fashion studios give students an open-plan, riverside space in which to innovate and create.
  • The Duke Street library and lecture theatre are located in a fully refurbished 19th-century building.

Notable Alumni

  • The uiversity has a 170-year reputation for creative excellence. Former tutors include Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and Lesley Davenport. This distinguished history means the university has always had a significant and respected voice within the British and international creative industries.
  • NUA graduates continue to be at the forefront of creative endeavour with graduates holding key positions at leading arts, design and media companies throughout the world. Many have also had considerable success as creative entrepreneurs and often support the next generation of NUA graduates through providing internships and employment.
  • Former students are NUA’s greatest ambassadors. Upon graduation you automatically become a member of the alumni network and continue your relationship with NUA through networking events, careers workshops, mentoring support and the regular printed magazine Beyond.

Notable alumni include:

  • 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.
  • Phil Carter and Phil Wong –founders, Carter Wong Design.
  • Keith Chapman – creator of Bob the Builder and Roary the Racing Car and Visiting Professor at NUA
  • Stuart Craig OBE –art director, three times Oscar winner and production designer on all eight 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.
  • Susan Gunn – artist, winner of the Sovereign European Art Prize 2006.
  • Bernard Meadows – British modernist sculptor, former Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.
  • Tim Stoner –artist, Becks Future Prize winner 2001.
  • Genevieve Webster – author and illustrator, co-creator of Rastamouse.
  • Christopher Thompson – artist, regular BP Portrait Award exhibitor. Pete Postlethwaite portrait in National Portrait gallery 2002.
  • Alfred Munnings – artist
  • Robert Whitworth – internationally renowned travel photographer and urban filmmaker.
  • George Skipper – architect of prominent Norwich buildings Jarrold department store and The Royal Arcade.
  • Philip Lee Harvey – travel photographer, including Lonely Planet

Further Details

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