The Norwich School of Design is founded in 1845 by the artists and followers of the Norwich School of Painters, the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting.
Our courses are practical: you will experiment with different techniques and test different formats. Our tutors are experts in their field and you will hear from visiting professionals about the latest practice in the workplace. You will be encouraged to explore your ideas, collaborate with fellow students and develop your creative practice at NUA. If you are looking for an opportunity to explore your creative horizons and take a step towards a creative career, NUA is the place for you.
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.
The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework saw NUA awarded Gold overall and recognised for our ‘exemplary employability initiatives’. NUA won a Guardian Award for the best Employability and Entrepreneurship and was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards.
NUA understands that when arriving from outside the UK you may need a little extra support to help settle into your new community. The University provides a dedicated support service including advice on visas, working in the UK and registering with police, doctors and banks as well as support on cultural differences. Student Support, which is responsible for the personal welfare of all students studying at the University, can also help with any welfare issues.
Norwich University of the Arts offers students a range of accommodation options to suit all requirements and budgets.
From the University’s high specification halls of residence at All Saints Green in central Norwich, to its budget-friendly halls at Beechcroft just a short bus ride from the campus, NUA students are extremely well catered for.
The Library is located in the Duke Street Building, a delightful nineteenth century former school building which also houses studios, the Student Union Office, a Lecture Theatre and seminar rooms. The building is designed to be accessible by users with mobility issues.
The National Health Service (NHS) provides health services in the UK and all students are entitled to treatment from the NHS, including Tier 4 visa holders who will have paid IHS fees as part of the immigration process.
From a city centre campus that boasts cutting-edge facilities, to an approach to teaching which saw us awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked 10th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, our reputation for excellence is well-earned.
Look around our city centre campus and you will find studios, media labs, and creative spaces in 11 buildings that sit among the cafés, bars, independent galleries and shops of Norwich’s cultural quarter.
The University was established as an independent higher education institution under Section 121 of the Education Reform Act 1988, and is a recognised body with taught degree awarding powers. The University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS).
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