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Norwich University of the Arts

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1845
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 3-7 Redwell Street, Norwich, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441603610561
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Norwich University of the Arts

The history of the university dates back to 1845 when the Norwich School of Design was established to provide designers for local industries. Its founders were the artists and followers of the 'Norwich School of Painters', the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting.

Degree-level provision has been offered since 1965, when it was approved to offer the Diploma in Art and Design, validated by the National Council for Diplomas in Art and Design (NCDAD). After 1965 the School of Art made its own mark on the national art and design scene when twin strengths in Painting and Graphic Design emerged under a group of exceptional practitioners and teachers. From 1975, after NCDAD's merger with the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), the School offered its first BA Honours degree courses in Fine Art and Graphic Design, validated by CNAA.

In 1989 the School merged with Great Yarmouth College of Art to form the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (NIAD). In 1991 Norfolk Institute of Art and Design become an Associate College of the new Anglia Polytechnic with the polytechnic assuming validation responsibilities from CNAA from September 1992. This agreement extended to postgraduate provision, with the first MA course being introduced in 1993 (MA Fine Art) and the first research degree student being registered in 1995.

In 1994 NIAD was incorporated as a Higher Education Institution (HEI), renamed as Norwich School of Art and Design and re-launched with a new corporate identity.

In November 2007 the School was granted the power to award its own degrees up to Masters level and was renamed Norwich University College of the Arts.

In January 2013 the institution was given permission by the Privy Council to become a university and became Norwich University of the Arts.

Academic Highlights

Undergraduate courses are offered in a range of art and design fields, including Animation, Architecture, Design for Publishing, Fashion, Fashion Communication and Promotion, Film and Moving Image Publishing, Fine Art, Games Art and Design, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design and VFX.

Life in Norwich University of the Arts

The student's union represents all students and focuses on student experience, support, and activities. The union also has student offers and discount bus passes. It is affiliated with the National Union of Students (United Kingdom).

School Ranking

NUA is also ranked in the UK's top 10 for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the UK's leading specialist arts, architecture, design, media and creative science universities.


Minimum final GPA of 3.0, as well as one or a combination of the following: AP Exam score of 4 or higher on three exams ACT composite score of 24 or higher SAT 1100 or higher

Notable Alumni

Michael Andrews, artist, Marjorie May Bacon, painter and printmaker, Brian Bolland, comic artist on Batman: The Killing Joke

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