Our history dates back to 1845 when the Norwich School of Design was established to provide good 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.
We have offered degree-level provision 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 NIAD 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), re-named 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 re-named Norwich University College of the Arts. Today it continues to thrive as an established Higher Education Institution, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Norwich University of the Arts!
The campus is divided between seven buildings in and around St Georges Street. They include the recently renovated Duke Street Building, which houses the library, the Monastery Building, which has been transformed into a state-of-the-art digital design centre and The Garth, one of the oldest exhibition spaces in Europe.
The University College library offers a stimulating and supportive resource to all students. It has a range of workspaces including access to networked PCs and to group study spaces. It houses over 30,000 books, subscribes to over 150 journal titles, has over 800 DVDs and a fast developing bank of electronic resources. The Library staff provide support and encouragement in the use of these materials.
NUCAs workshops provide specialised resources and technical support that complement and enhance your creative activities. The technical staff teams are experienced, enthusiastic professionals, including graduates and practising artists, committed to ensuring you can achieve your creative expectations.
Norwich was the first city in the UK to experiment with a major free wi-fi scheme and at NUCA we continue to offer broad wireless connectivity within our campus buildings.
Supported by a proactive helpdesk, our IT network offers generous computer access. We are also an approved Apple Authorised Training Centre and Apple Centre of Excellence.
You will be issued with an email account when you register and this will remain active for the duration of your studies. The University College intranet provides a host of information on a broad range of NUCA and course related issues.
Norwich was the first UK city to hold an arts festival back in 1772 and that tradition continues today. The city holds many festivals and arts events each year ranging from contemporary art, film, animation and music, to food and beer.
The Theatre Royal Norwich, Norwich Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre and UEA Drama Studio provide quality performances in drama, musicals and dance, complementing many local and regional groups such as the Puppet Theatre. Next door to Norwich University College of the Arts is Cinema City which shows a wide range of international film, video and animations, alongside the normal multiplex cinemas offering the latest blockbusters.
The city also boasts a number of important galleries, such as the Norman Foster designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts which houses contemporary art and design including work from Francis Bacon, Giacometti and Henry Moore.
Alternatively, Outpost and STEW are artist-led venues which offer a range of events for artists including networking, exhibitions and training workshops.NIGHTLIFE
Norwich has many clubs playing everything from '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, trip hop, hip hop, new skool, old skool, break beats, breakdancing, retro, funk, soul, swing, jazz, r 'n' b, reggae, alternative, indie, britpop, rock, metal to dance, chart, house, garage, techno and drum 'n' bass.
Norwich has always had a wide variety of live bands playing at venues such as the UEA, Waterfront, Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Playhouse.
It is a fact of local amusement and unwarranted pride that Norwich used to have a pub for every day of the year. This may not be the case now, but it would still be hard to find a similar populated town or city with so many pubs and bars. So whatever your taste in drinking establishment you are sure to find what you want in Norwich. Real ale, theme bars, wine bars or the good old fashioned local - you won't be disappointed.Shopping
Alongside large department stores and fashion houses, Norwich has a large permanent market, open daily except Sunday. The market is a great place to go for anything from fruit and vegetables to second hand books and records. The Castle Mall and Chapelfield shopping complexes contain a wide range of retail outlets, restaurants and cafes.
For the more fashion conscious Norwich has a huge variety of specialist shops selling everything from designer clothing to cheap second hand chic. The Norwich Lanes are abundant with independent clothing outlets, record stores and second hand book dealers.
Norwich also has regular antique and collectors fairs, craft markets and fleamarkets, as well as specialist sales, auctions and exhibitions.Surrounding Area
Contrasting the energy of the city you'll be spoilt for choice of stimulating natural places to go beyond the city limits. The county of Norfolk enjoys a tranquil coastline strewn with deserted beaches and small fishing communities.
The world famous Norfolk Broads National Park comprises a network of shallow lakes and connecting rivers stretching over 200km. Norfolk's great houses and medieval villages provide their own historical and architectural interest.
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