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Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has a history that dates back to 1845 when The Norwich School of Design was established. In 2008 the school was granted the power to award degrees up to master's level and was renamed Norwich University College of Arts. In 2012 it gained full university status and became Norwich University of the Arts.

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Norwich University of the Arts

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Norwich University of the Arts.

  • Rankings

    Norwich University of the Arts is a forward-thinking arts university, a place where the debate about the future of creativity is passionately engaged. 175 years old yet still pioneering, the university climbed an astounding 30 places in the Complete University Guide 2023. Students here join an authentic and human-scale creative community. The university values hard work, making things, mutual respect, engaging with emerging technologies, and having fun. In 2024 it has now been ranked 56th out of 130.

  • Employability

    The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework saw NUA awarded Gold overall and recognised for our ‘exemplary employability initiatives’. NUA won a Guardian Award for the best Employability and Entrepreneurship and was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards. 95% of NUA graduates went on to employment or further education within six months of graduating.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK and EU students are £9,250 per year with the fees for international students are £18,000.

  • Bursaries

    Norwich University of the Arts offers some bursaries and scholarships if you meet the required criteria, with financial assistance from £500, rising to £3,500 per year. More details are here.


Norwich is one of the UK’s friendliest and most affordable cities – with a range of accommodation options for students to choose from to suit their budget and needs. Ranked in the top 10 safest towns and cities for students by, Norwich blends of cosmopolitan contemporary life and striking heritage. You will feel at home and well-catered for whatever your budget – from NUA’s high-specification halls of residence at All Saints Green in the heart of Norwich to Beechcroft just a short bus ride away.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is an independent, autonomous and democratic organization that exists to support and represent students and ensure their University experience is as exciting and rewarding as possible. The Union is recognised by the University as the formal voice of students and it liaises with NUA management to advocate on students’ behalf. The Union coordinates and trains Student Representatives plans events and manages clubs and societies. The Union works in partnership with NUA to ensure that students have input into any decision concerning how students are taught, the provision of resources and the type of support they receive.

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Famous for

Prominent alumni from NUA include: artist, Michael Andrews; painter, Marjorie May Bacon; comic artist on Batman: The Killing Joke, Brian Bolland, Turner Prize nominee, Glenn Brown; creator of Bob the Builder, Keith Chapman.


TIGA has recognised Norwich University of the Arts as the top Educational Institution, beating ten other shortlisted universities from across the UK. Winning the award reflects Norwich’s outstanding initiatives to support students, particularly on the BA (Hons) Games Art and Design and BSc (Hons) Games Development courses.

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"Norwich is a fusion of modern and historic. It is an easy city to get walk around, making it perfect to explore all of the flourishing arts, music and culture it has to offer"

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