Exploring the idea of “exhibition” in its broadest sense across the field of contemporary art, you’ll engage with gallery-based exhibitions and projects in non-traditional venues, site-specific interventions and public art projects.
Reflecting the latest thinking across curatorial studies, this practical and relevant postgraduate course acknowledges the emergence of the artist-curator, as well as more traditional routes to curatorial practice.
You’ll consider the possibilities offered by a range of platforms, from traditional museum collections, museology and archives, to virtual and interactive methods.
With strong links to the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, Tate, Norwich Castle Museum & Gallery – as well as other local, regional and national galleries and museums – NUA is the ideal environment in which to study curatorial practice.
The University’s own gallery, East GalleryNUA, is an important touring venue for national and international exhibitions and has helped cement NUA’s reputation for high quality curatorial practice. East GalleryNUA hosted the British Art Show 8 in 2016 and the prestigious EASTinternational between 1991 and 2009.
A training programme delivered by the gallery as part of our MA Curation programme provides a unique opportunity to develop your professional practice. A mentoring scheme with curators – exclusive for postgraduate students studying this degree – offers invaluable opportunities to engage with industry professionals.
You’ll be aided in developing self-initiated curatorial projects, which will see you innovating and exploring ways to cultivate new audiences.
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll accelerate your artistic practice, exploring the role of the artist in society and testing your ideas against contemporary issues and critical debates.
You may choose to specialise in – or combine – areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, spatial and time based practice. You’ll master skills relevant to your artistic interests and you’ll be supported in the development of wider expertise, from exhibition and presentation to ethics and audience awareness.
Working alongside students from other postgraduate degree courses at NUA, you’ll be part of a community of artists, makers and visiting artists that forms a stimulating and active research environment.
NUA has a long and well-established reputation as one of the leading providers of fine art education in the UK. Our students and graduates have been selected for countless prominent exhibitions and prizes, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries, MOSTYN Open, Aesthetica Art Prize, Signature Art Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize, and the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise.
Our strong links with local, regional and national galleries, museums and festivals mean you’ll have the chance to contribute to debates around contemporary practice. You’ll hear from visiting artists as part of the Fine Art Lecture Series. Our very own East GalleryNUA provides a showcase for high quality public exhibitions that augment the MA Fine Art experience.
As you grow your expertise in critical aspects of communication design you’ll have the chance to explore areas including graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, information design, interactive communication, multimedia and typography.
From moving image and sound to questions of brand management and publishing, you’ll stretch your skills and ambition as a postgraduate student at NUA. As you develop your own voice and practice through experimentation, you’ll also have the chance to critically examine key design and communication issues such as sustainability, new technology, new audiences and markets, inclusivity and ethics.
NUA is a centre of design expertise, with students and graduates winning competitions of national and international import, including coveted D&AD Pencils and the RSA Howarth Award. Graduates of our MA Communication Design Masters degree can be found leading global agencies.
Your own career prospects will be greatly enhanced by having the chance to research, test and communicate your design ideas in professional and ‘real world’ contexts – all under expert tuition and making use of industry standard resources.
You’ll work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing the latest digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and the commercial potential of your work.
You’ll be encouraged to push your imagination and stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative use of materials, processes and concepts.
Course tutors and workshop technicians teaching on this postgraduate course are also practitioners, with extensive and diverse experience in areas including digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, illustration, dye and weave. The breadth and depth of their knowledge will benefit you as you experiment and develop your practice through exhibitions and national competitions.
Tutorials and practice-based projects are designed to encourage debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design.
Guest speakers from industry will support your professional development and give you greater understanding of the range of pathways for practising designers in a rapidly evolving sector.
Challenge your audio-visual practice and strive for originality through experimentation with concepts, issues and materials relating to moving image and/or sound design.
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll join a community of practitioners and researchers with diverse specialisms, giving you valuable opportunities to work collaboratively as well as individually.
Through intensive study and comprehensive technical workshops, you’ll develop the practical and conceptual skills required to create original and innovative work to exacting professional standards.
Depending on your specialism, you’ll have the chance to engage with a wide range of audio-visual methods. These include: 2D Digital; CGI and stop motion animation film and moving image production; motion graphics; scripting and narrative; pre-production and post-production skills and techniques; sound design.
However you choose to shape your study, you’ll graduate with a deeper understanding of your own practise and a broader appreciation of how to apply your skillset in a variety of professional settings.
If you’re ready to test the boundaries of what fashion means in the 21st century and push your personal and professional philosophy to new limits, this postgraduate fashion course will provide the ideal platform.
Your compelling creative voice will emerge as you work with different materials and processes.
Your practice will embrace digital, technological and cultural innovation as you develop a clear understanding of how to use promotion and platforms to showcase your work.
Expert studio technicians will support your exploration of bespoke tailoring; experimental cutting and draping methods; the traditions and craft of haute couture; hand and machine finishing techniques; and the use of contemporary technologies.
The course is delivered via a mix of formal taught sessions, independent research and collaborative learning. Visiting industry guests provide unique insight into current debates in the fashion industry.
When you graduate, you’ll join a thriving community of designers, researchers and leaders in industry who will support your professional and creative development.
State-of-the-art studios and digital darkrooms will give you freedom to develop a distinctive authorial voice through advanced study of photographic practice.
While our postgraduate photography course is practice-led, taught components consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography. From collaboration, aesthetic/anti-aesthetic and technological determinism, to the impact of emerging technologies, you’ll tackle a wide range of topics related to your practice.
You’ll also be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the professional and commercial contexts for your work, as well as exploring the possibilities for moving image in contemporary photography.
You’ll be encouraged to develop a strong individual voice within your visual practice throughout the course. Seminars and workshops will encourage you to examine the complex relationship between individual practice and client-led work.
NUA’s reputation in advertising, fashion and editorial photography, and the University’s links to industry and professional bodies – including the Association of Photographers – present unique opportunities to explore this topic in detail.
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll collaborate with likeminded peers and be guided by subject specialist staff. You’ll enjoy interdisciplinary sessions with students from across our range of MA courses as you work towards your ambition of a career in the games industry or wider creative sector.
Ensuring you graduate ready to meet the demands of a rapidly-evolving industry, this course will accelerate the development of your games design skillset.
Alongside broader research into the social, technical, economic and cultural context in which games are produced, you’ll specialise in one of three areas, following a clearly-defined path of study in Concept Art (and Sequential Narrative), Asset Production or Indie Development.
Whatever your choice, your creativity will be informed by theoretical, cultural and historical research – and powered by cutting-edge technology and software.
Graduates of the MA Games postgraduate course at NUA include three BAFTA-winning games designers, the V&A’s first Games Designer in Residence, six teams of Dare to Be Digital finalists and employees at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Foundry 42, Rebellion, Crytek, Frontier Developments, Splash Damage, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games and many more.