Norwich University of the Arts Architecture

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This ARB Part 1 prescribed course supports you in making the first step towards becoming a registered architect or embarking on a related career. In the inspiring and historical spaces of your Boardman House studios we will help you to become raconteurs of the past and future; salvagers for sustainability; manipulators of materials; appropriators of spaces and disseminators of critical debate.
Most importantly, you will be asked to challenge assumptions about what architecture can be through studio sessions; critiques with architects such as RIBA award-winning Anthony Hudson; talks by inspirational speakers such as Stirling Prize winner, Will Alsop OBE and field trips to cities such as Prague, Belfast, Berlin, Porto and Santiago de Compostela.
By year three you will develop a portfolio of projects that display critical thinking, spatial awareness and an engagement with diverse social-political situations – all of which provide a firm foundation for your future career.
An aptitude for 3D making, artistic abilities and an interest in how people interact with their environment are the key ingredients to becoming an inquisitive and imaginative architecture student.

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Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a public university, based on a single site in the centre of Norwich, in the United Kingdom. It is a higher education specialising in art, design and media.

Norwich University of the Arts was founded as Norwich School of Design in 1845 and has a long history of arts education. It celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2015.

NUA is the smaller of the two universities in Norwich, the other being the University of East Anglia.


The university campus comprises seven buildings located in Norwich city centre.

Francis House which is located on Redwell Street is the main reception for NUA, while the majority of academic facilities are a two-minute walk away, along the pedestrianised St Georges Street, with additional sites on the neighbouring Duke Street and St Andrews Street.

Teaching facilities include a large Apple Mac and Windows suite, A1 style printing rooms, wood and metal workshops with a functioning forge, stop-motion animation studios, professional sound booths, open-plan design and illustration studios, constructed textiles and fashion workshops, lecture theatre and comprehensive library.

There are three areas of accommodation for year one students: the newly developed All Saints Green halls of residence comprising a total of 228 rooms, the Beechcroft complex off Sprowston Road and Harvard Court.

Organisation and structure

The Vice-Chancellor is Professor John Last and the first Chancellor, appointed on the promotion of the institution to university status in January 2013, Sir John Hurt.

Academic profile

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. Four year degrees are offered in the fields of Film and Moving Image Production, Fine Art, Games Art and Design, and Graphic Design.

Postgraduate courses include MAs in Communication Design, Curation, Fashion, Fine Art, Games, Moving Image and Sound, Photography, and Textile Design.

MPhil and PhD research degrees are also offered in many arts, design, and media areas.


NUA entered the national Research Excellence Framework in 2014 with funding awarded to develop capability. In the 2014 REF submission, 55% of NUA’s submitted research was confirmed to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

NUA’s research has been judged to be particularly successful in terms of its impact on the broader cultural and economic landscape: 40% of NUA research has been classified as ‘world leading’ and 50% as ‘internationally excellent’.

Norwich University of the Arts is a founding member of CREST, the Consortium for Research Excellence Support and Training, a group of higher education institutes that does interdisciplinary work related to research excellence and research focused staff and student training.

Student’s Union

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).