There are nine taught postgraduate courses offered at NUA in subjects covering the arts, design, and media. Courses are available on a full- and part-time basis (with the exception of the MA Games).
Teaching is delivered through a mix of channels, including lectures, seminars, as well as individual and group tutorials. Each course is split into two components: Core Units and Award-specific units, with teaching broken down into three 14-week teaching blocks throughout the year.
Through the two Award-specific units, students will be supported by their expert tutors in developing their knowledge and skills at an advanced level and in acquiring new skills. In their first year, students will also study a Research into Practice (core) module, where they will learn practice-based research methods relating to their discipline.
Alongside this, students will spend much of their time conducting independent projects in the Self-negotiated Study (core) module. Within this, students will be given the opportunity to work with industry practitioners and will be inspired and challenged to experiment with new methods of working and with new technologies. In the final year, students will undertake a Master Project (core), which is a major independent project that climaxes with a public exhibition of their work.
Assessment is done through the practical work in the students’ portfolio. Alongside this, students will write up evaluations and reflective journals on their work each term.
The university welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake a written research degree in art, design, and media related subject areas. All research degree opportunities are offered in partnership with the University of the Arts London, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for collaborative research between students at both universities.
While these degrees are written research degrees, they still require students to undertake an element of practical work, which will be assessed alongside their written thesis.
Students will spend the majority of their studies working independently on their chosen research subject area; however, they will also attend regular seminar and training events held both in Norwich and London – giving them the chance to meet other people in the learning community.
Students will also have access to NUA’s specialist learning facilities and technical resources, a year-round programme of exhibitions, and personalised support and guidance from a supervisor.
What's more, NUA has an international reputation for research in Art and Design Interpretation and Curation, and Moving Image and Sound. The university’s output was ranked World-leading and Internationally Excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
Norwich University of the Arts does not currently offer any distance courses due to the nature of the practical programmes and the need for students to be able to access the learning facilities on campus.
However, the university offers most courses on a part-time basis (with courses studied over 84 weeks instead of 42 weeks full-time). Studying part-time will mean there’s still the option for students to gain their postgraduate qualification while undertaking a job or family commitments.
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