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This course builds on existing expertise and substantial specialist resources within the broad fields of graphic design and communication at Norwich University of the Arts. Read more
This course builds on existing expertise and substantial specialist resources within the broad fields of graphic design and communication at Norwich University of the Arts. The course will challenge you to reflect on your existing practice in relation to current research and contemporary issues surrounding communication design. You will be supported in developing and realising self-directed projects that address issues in professional, theoretical, ethical, technical, conceptual or visual aspects of design.
With access to substantial industry resources, students are supported in areas of communication design including image making, typography, web design, illustration, product packaging, information design and interactive communication design, in order to develop the skills needed to stand out in the sector.

Through NUA's MA Communication Design you will be encouraged to challenge conventional thinking as you consider the practical application of your ideas. As part of a community of tutors, researchers, visiting lecturers and fellow students, you will engage in debate concerning new trends and research. Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to the postgraduate experience and you will work alongside students from across art, design and media. This will support your intellectual curiosity and enable you to develop a network of contacts with different skills and perspectives.

We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Cowbird for design students; and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.
Communication Design students make extensive use of the Digital Design studios for access to professional creative software on both Windows and Mac with on-hand support from a team of workshop technicians. Laser cutting is available with a large-bed cutter for card, board and acrylic materials and associated digital design hardware and software, as well as a Print Making Workshop for silk-screen, etching, lino-cut and relief printing, mono-printing and collographs. The Digital Print workshop can produce prints from A4 to 1.5m wide on a variety of media and provides students with access to wide format, CD printing and laser printing. NUA’s Library has the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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The contemporary art scene is evolving as artists respond to new disciplines and techniques and challenge the boundaries of their practice. Read more
The contemporary art scene is evolving as artists respond to new disciplines and techniques and challenge the boundaries of their practice. The place of art in society is changing as increasingly varied audiences interact with creativity in new ways. MA Curation at NUA is a pioneering course - the first to respond to this changing sector and to equip professionals with the broad skills and contextual understanding needed by the 21st century curator.

Focused above all on the public exhibition of contemporary art, MA Curation at NUA also recognises curation in its most enquiring sense as a way of bringing together and relating ideas, images, objects and texts for public exhibition. This intellectually stimulating course enables students to be creative and open to new ways of working as they begin to define your own specialism. Through practice and research, students are invited to experiment with curation for traditional and innovative public exhibition spheres, including;
• museums, galleries and public spaces
• digital arts, moving image and performance
• print, digital media and the internet

Through ‘hands-on’ practice throughout the course, students on MA Curation will develop key sector skills in the management of collaborative projects; the ability to lead and work within a team and an understanding of the importance and use of networks. The course will encourage students to question the ethical responsibilities of the curator and reflect on controversy within the arts.
MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on practical curatorial experience. Curation is understood in its broadest and most forward-thinking sense as a process of bringing together objects, still and moving image and/or texts into a coherent whole. The course appeals to a range of applicants, including graduates in Fine Art and Art History and those from non-art backgrounds with an interest in curatorial practices.

NUA has a strong reputation for high quality curatorial practice, having staged the prestigious Eastinternational between 1991-2009. The Gallery at NUA provides a showcase for exhibitions of international contemporary art and design and plays a central role in the MA Curation programme. Recently the Gallery at NUA has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread. MA Curation students have the opportunity to curate in the Gallery and encouraged and supported to engage in local and national opportunities.

The University has productive links with the Tate and Hayward Gallery as well as with galleries in the region. Tutors and industry guests encourage professional understanding as you develop your appreciation of location and audience and the communication of ideas, meaning and information. You will become accustomed to liaising between artists, dealers, galleries and agents as you progress on your curatorial career.

Taught by leading, established practitioners in the field and with a strong emphasis on industry lectures, workshops, visits and collaborations, the MA focuses heavily on the core professional skills needed to stand out in the competitive field of curation. Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of current debates in contemporary art, design and media practice. Through expert tuition and regular interaction with students on other postgraduate courses at NUA, students will hone their research and critical interpretation skills.

Unit Tutor, Dr Krzysztof Fijalkowski contributes to the MA Curation and Postgraduate Research programmes at NUA. He is active as a researcher, writer, translator, curator and artist, with particular interests in the history and theory of Dada and Surrealism. Krzysztof also works on the BA Fine Art course, combining teaching in the studio and responsibility for many of the course’s Contextual Studies elements, with a special interest in the crossovers between writing, theory and practice.

Professor of Curation and Art History, Lynda Morris supervises Phd Research students and is the Senior Tutor on the MA Curation course. Professor Morris is the Curator of EASTinternational - the international open submission exhibition - which has been realised in collaboration with a series of eminent invited selectors since 1991. Her activities as a curator and a writer have been concerned with issues of perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics. She was responsible for the first UK exhibitions of several now well-recognised artists including Agnes Martin (1974), Bernd & Hilla Becher (1974-75) and Gerhard Richter (1977). Professor Morris is a Principal Investigator for the major AHRC funded research project 'Picasso; Peace and Freedom' with Tate Liverpool, the Albertina (Vienna) and the Louisiana (Copenhagen). Professor Morris is currently working on a book and recently curated the exhibition As It Was As It Is Now for the Herbert Foundation Ghent 2014 and The Life Room and the City: John Wonnacott & John Lessore at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

MA Curation is relevant to applicants looking to achieve a high level of professional understanding and ability and applications are welcome from outstanding students from diverse disciplines including Fine Art, Design, Film and Moving Image, Art/Design History and those interested in communicating ideas across the arts and sciences to new and existing audiences.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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The MA Fashion degree is aimed at ambitious, talented graduates looking to enter or progress in the fashion industry and be at the forefront of global innovation and creativity. Read more
The MA Fashion degree is aimed at ambitious, talented graduates looking to enter or progress in the fashion industry and be at the forefront of global innovation and creativity. Through theory and practice you will explore fashion within a diverse range of markets and contexts; challenging the boundaries of the discipline. The curriculum will be highly relevant to both fashion graduates and those already working in the industry looking to advance their skills and knowledge. With a focus on preparing you both intellectually and professionally for employment, the course will support students to master craftsmanship and couture techniques at the same time as developing innovative, conceptual designs that break new ground.

Visiting industry professionals and studio technicians will support your exploration of traditional technical skills such as pattern cutting, garment construction, 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. You will be guided to refine your practice and choose to specialise in either womenswear or menswear.

As the reputation of Fashion at NUA continues to grow we continue to invest. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional facilities, including three fully-equipped open plan studios overlooking the river, providing a creative and supportive environment in which to refine and professionalise your practice. With industry standard equipment you will be encouraged to take risks, challenge yourself and be open minded as you progress to the high level of practice expected.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues. You will be given the opportunity to work within specialist workshops and studios across all University departments including photography, textiles and graphic design. Through professional collaborations, live projects, guest lectures and study visits you will begin to make contacts, promote your work and embark on your professional career whilst still a student. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills, meaning that on leaving NUA, graduates will be equipped to work within a broad spectrum of roles in the fashion industry.

Course Leader, Sue Chowles’ high profile career has seen her freelance for John Flett, Bodymap, Bernstock/Speirs and Harvey Nichols before forming international designer fashion label. As Design Director of Chowles-Munday she exhibited at London Fashion Week and was commissioned to design a collection exclusively for Liberty’s of London. Her distinguished career in fashion higher education has seen her fulfil lecturing positions at Nottingham Polytechnic, BA Subject Leader at the University of Brighton, MA Principal Lecturer at the London College of Fashion and the Sri Lankan Institute of Design and Technology. Her current research investigates the importance of preserving the integrity of couture craftsmanship and how it is vital that future generations are educated and informed to protect the heritage of traditional skills.

The course tutors - all industry practitioners themselves - have sold their own labels through Harrods and Harvey Nichols and worked for designers including French Connection, Nicole Farhi and Roland Mouret. With this technical and creative guidance you will be encouraged to experiment with processes and materials, and contextualise your work as the tutors support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. You will also learn how to place your work against the backdrop of design history and current trends, as you question and extend the boundaries of your design.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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NUA’s MA Fine Art is an exciting and ambitious programme of study and one that will accelerate your practical, technical and conceptual understanding of your practice. Read more
NUA’s MA Fine Art is an exciting and ambitious programme of study and one that will accelerate your practical, technical and conceptual understanding of your practice. Practice-led investigation is fundamental to the course, supported by critical dialogue and research. Founded in 1845 the University has a strong reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional workshop and studio space facilities.

You will join a community of tutors, researchers, visiting industry guests and fellow students and be part of a stimulating and active research environment. Guided by expert tuition you will be supported to extend or challenge your existing knowledge and methodologies. You may elect to specialise in or combine areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation.

Strong links with regional and national galleries provide platforms for dialogue around contemporary practice, supported by visiting artists and the Fine Art lecture series. The Gallery at NUA provides a showcase for high quality public exhibitions that augment the MA Fine Art experience. Eastinternational was staged here between 1991-2009, and more recently The Gallery has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread. The annual Fine Art symposium ‘Dialogues’ supports your professional understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues. Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry focused projects, collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills.

MA Fine Art staff are all established practising artists who regularly exhibit their practice, and/or contribute to conferences and publications and will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. Paul Fieldsend-Danks is the MA Course Leader at NUA, contributing to the taught delivery of MA Fine Art and Research Into Practice units. Paul is an artist and academic, with a particular research interest in the study of landscape within contemporary drawing and painting contexts. He is a co-director of the international online drawing research journal Tracey, and a member of Land2, a practice-led research network concerned with landscape and place-oriented art practice.

Sarah Horton, Senior Lecturer and Unit Leader for MA Fine Art, is a fine artist and educator. Her art practice is multi-disciplinary and has included painting, print, video, stage design, projection and site-specific commissions. She brings her knowledge and experience to bear within her teaching providing a supportive base from which students are encouraged to take risks within their own practice. Sarah has exhibited widely including Tokyo, California, Koblenz and London.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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This innovative industry-focused programme combines the rigour of studying at Masters level, alongside the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional context. Read more
This innovative industry-focused programme combines the rigour of studying at Masters level, alongside the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional context. During your studies you will have the opportunity to work in a professional games studio by undertaking a paid postgraduate apprenticeship.

MA Games has been developed with the support of Creative Skillset in conjunction with games studios to build on the success of the University’s BA Games Art and Design degree course (the first games course by a specialist institution to receive Creative Skillset accreditation).

You will negotiate bespoke access to in-studio resources with a games studio as well as utilising the University’s industry-standard media lab facilities supported by academic and technical staff. You will develop your creative skills at an institution which has gained an international reputation for innovation, artistic excellence and quality graduates in games education. The course provides industry-standard resources in a facility which has been selected as one of 12 global partners in Sony’s PlayStation®First academic partnership programme.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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One of the most valuable aspects of MA Moving Image and Sound is being part of a community of practitioners and researchers with diverse specialisms. Read more
One of the most valuable aspects of MA Moving Image and Sound is being part of a community of practitioners and researchers with diverse specialisms. This inspirational environment will enable you to push and challenge your practice as you refine your technical and conceptual skills.

Depending on your specialism you may engage with audio-visual production, sound design, film, motion graphics, traditional and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) for 2D and 3D animation, character and asset development for games, scripting and narrative, pre- and post-production skills and techniques.

There is an emphasis on critical analysis and through taught sessions you will explore historical and cultural contexts of moving image design. Diverse contemporary references and visiting industry guests will support your professional understanding of a fast changing sector.

You will be expected to demonstrate breadth, depth and originality in your experimentation with concepts, issues and materials relating to moving image. Through intensive study and comprehensive technical workshops you will refine the practical and conceptual skills necessary to create original, thought-provoking work

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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MA Photography provides an intensive environment for the advanced study of commercial photographic practice. The programme is practice-based and students are encouraged to develop both an individual approach to image making, and a deep understanding of appropriate professional contexts. Read more
MA Photography provides an intensive environment for the advanced study of commercial photographic practice. The programme is practice-based and students are encouraged to develop both an individual approach to image making, and a deep understanding of appropriate professional contexts. Photography at NUA has gained a strong reputation in the field of advertising, fashion and editorial photography and is strongly linked to industry and professional bodies including the Association of Photographers. Under expert tuition you will consider the relationship between your individual practice and its potential dissemination in a commercial context.

MA students benefit from the opportunity to reflect and share practice with the wider postgraduate community. We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences. Lectures, seminars and workshops will encourage students to explore the complex relationship between individual approaches to practice and client-led work. A series of workshops will consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography including collaboration, aesthetic/ anti-aesthetic, technological determinism and the impact of emerging technologies.

With access to outstanding studios and digital darkrooms – housed in a converted 12th century monastery – students will develop their visual practice. Tutors, technicians and industry guests will also enable students to explore the possibilities of moving image within the context of contemporary photography. They will also have access to NUA’s Library, the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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MA Textile Design at NUA concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation. Students are encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts. Read more
MA Textile Design at NUA concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation. Students are encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts.

At masters level students are expected to work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and potential for your work.

Tutors and workshop technicians are practitioners themselves with extensive and diverse experience in areas including: digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, ceramics, costume design, book binding, illustration, dye and weave. Students will benefit from this breadth and depth of experience as they are encouraged to experiment and externalise their practice through exhibitions and national competitions.

Tutorials and research units encourage debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design which are ongoing themes of the course. Visiting industry guests will support your professional development and understanding of the range of pathways for practising designers in a rapidly evolving sector.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

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