Norwich University of the Arts

United Kingdom

Join a thriving academic and professional community at a university that’s renowned for outstanding teaching quality, industry-standard facilities and high rates of satisfaction among the 2,000+ students currently studying a wide range of arts, design, architecture and media subjects.

Our ambition is to be the best specialist university for arts, design, architecture and media in Europe. Our overriding commitment is to our students and staff, exemplified through the excellence of our teaching, the rigour and ambition of our research and scholarship, and the quality of our resources.

Our history

Tracing its history back to 1845 and the Norwich School of Design, NUA is one of the great British art schools. We were granted university status in 2012, with the late Oscar-nominated actor, Sir John Hurt, serving as NUA’s first Chancellor.

NUA alumni have contributed to some of the most iconic companies, brands and designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our celebrated alumni include painter Sir Alfred Munnings, Turner Prize nominee Glenn Brown, Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman, Oscar winning Production Designer Stuart Craig OBE, and Rastamouse creator Genevieve Webster.

Design graduates have founded some of the most successful agencies in the country, including Hat-Trick and Carter Wong. Other students have gone on to work in creative roles in major organisations such as Blitz, BBC, The Sunday Times, Pearlfisher, Design Bridge, Sony, Crytec and Tate Modern.

Former NUA teaching staff include artists Leslie Davenport, Lucian Freud and Michael Andrews.

Our campus

Take a tour of our campus and you’ll find industry-standard tools, studios and creative spaces in 10 buildings, nestled between the cafes, bars, independent galleries and shops of Norwich’s cultural quarter. You’ll discover medieval buildings with 21st century media labs, and revitalised Victorian factory buildings fitted out with contemporary technology.

NUA was one of three universities shortlisted by the 2018 Guardian University Awards for “Buildings that Inspire”.

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Our city

Norwich sparks with creativity. Home to a flourishing music and cultural scene, the city’s compact centre houses six theatres, a permanent six-day market, the vintage and independent shops of the ‘Lanes’, two shopping malls and four cinemas. In 2012, UNESCO named Norwich as England’s first City of Literature, recognising a celebrated literary tradition that spans Booker and Nobel prize winners.

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Key staff:

Vice Chancellor: Prof. John Last OBE

Professor John Last OBE joined Norwich University of the Arts in January 2009, having worked in art and design higher education since 1989. He previously held the post of Deputy Principal at the Arts University Bournemouth from where he was awarded a Chair in art and design education in 2008. John’s first degree is from Sussex University in English with Philosophy and he subsequently gained postgraduate awards in Education and in Film Theory from Leeds and Sussex respectively.

Outside of NUA, John’s work includes Board Membership of the Higher Education Academy and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. In July 2013 he was elected as Vice-Chair of GuildHE and in 2015 was elected as Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA).