About University Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is an independent specialist arts, design and media University with a 170 year reputation for excellence. NUA is dedicated to providing vocational, practice based courses which allow students to enter an exciting and challenging community of artists, designers and makers who share their passions and interests. Whilst the institution’s history can be traced back to 1845, it is contemporary and forward thinking with industry standard facilities in its city centre campus. Today NUA continues to thrive as an established University sector institution, with a national reputation for excellence and a strong ethos as a creative academic community. History 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. Approved to offer degree-level provision through the Diploma in Art and Design in 1965. Twin strengths in Painting and Graphic Design emerge, under a group of exceptional practitioners and teachers, making a mark on the national art and design scene in 1965. First BA Honours degree courses offered validated by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) in 1975. Great Yarmouth College of Art incorporated into the School in 1989. First MA courses introduced through an academic agreement with Anglia Polytechnic 1993. Incorporated as a Higher Education Institution, re-named as Norwich School of Art and Design. First research degree student registered for PhD study in 1995. Granted the power to award degrees up to Masters level and re-named as Norwich University College of the Arts in 2008. Granted University title by the Privy Council, becoming Norwich University of the Arts. Appoints its first Chancellor – the actor Sir John Hurt in 2012. Research We work with universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop exciting and relevant research. The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins NUA’s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design, architecture and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications. Their outcomes provide audiences with access to creative disciplines, innovative practices and cultural heritage. In developing NUA’s research, staff and students have been publicly recognised for their work in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Following the successes achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) where 55% of our research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a further 40% of our research was classed as internationally recognised, and 90% of our research was deemed to have an impact that was ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – the strategic development of research was further clarified. While maintaining its strong reputation for research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, NUA is concentrating on developing new areas of research in, for example, Illustration, Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture, and in 2013 introduced three cross-disciplinary University Research Themes that were subsequently consolidated in 2015 in the new University Research Strategy, 2015-2020.