Norwich University of the Arts
|Norwich University of the Arts|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor John Last|
|Location||Norwich, Norfolk, UK
The history of Norwich University of the Arts dates back to 1845 when the Norwich School of Design was established to provide designers for local industries. Its founders were the artists and followers of the 'Norwich School of Painters', the only provincial British group to establish an international reputation for landscape painting.
Degree-level provision has been offered since 1965, when it was approved to offer the Diploma in Art and Design, validated by the National Council for Diplomas in Art and Design (NCDAD). After 1965 the School of Art made its own mark on the national art and design scene when twin strengths in Painting and Graphic Design emerged under a group of exceptional practitioners and teachers. From 1975, after NCDAD's merger with the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), the School offered its first BA Honours degree courses in Fine Art and Graphic Design, validated by CNAA.
In 1989 the School merged with Great Yarmouth College of Art to form the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (NIAD). In 1991 Norfolk Institute of Art and Design become an Associate College of the new Anglia Polytechnic with the polytechnic assuming validation responsibilities from CNAA from September 1992. This agreement extended to postgraduate provision, with the first MA course being introduced in 1993 (MA Fine Art) and the first research degree student being registered in 1995.
In 1994 NIAD was incorporated as a Higher Education Institution (HEI), renamed as Norwich School of Art and Design and re-launched with a new corporate identity.
In November 2007 the School was granted the power to award its own degrees up to Masters level and was renamed Norwich University College of the Arts.
In January 2013 the institution was given permission by the Privy Council to become a University and became Norwich University of the Arts.
The University campus comprises seven buildings located in Norwich city centre.
Francis House which is located on Redwell Street is the main reception for NUA, while the majority of academic facilities are a two-minute walk away, along the pedestrianised St Georges Street, with additional sites on the neighbouring Duke Street and St Andrews Street.
Teaching facilities include a large Apple Mac and Windows suite, A1 style printing rooms, wood and metal workshops with a functioning forge, stop-motion animation studios, professional sound booths, open-plan design and illustration studios, constructed textiles and fashiion workshops, lecture theatre and comprehensive library.
There are three areas of accommodation for year one students: the Beechcroft complex off Sprowston Road; Harvard Court; and Rochester Court.
The West Garth building houses the Student Union bar, a student staffed bar which has suffered massively in the past four years, with a constant change of ownership. Currently, the Student Union bar only offers tea and coffee.
Organisation and structure
Postgraduate courses include MAs in Communication Design, Curation, Fashion, Fine Art, Moving Image and Sound, Photography, and Textile Design.
MPhil and PhD research degrees are also offered.
NUA entered the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1996 with funding awarded to develop capability.
In the 2008 RAE submission 35% of NUA’s submitted research was confirmed to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and the Times Higher RAE ‘league table’ placed NUA joint 34th out of 72 HEIs.
The RAE report complimented NUC’s ‘good regional context for research’ and ‘the significant impact of international initiatives’. Additionally it noted NUA's national contribution evidenced by ‘the programming of major festivals and exhibitions’, ‘addresses to, and chairs of, major conferences’ and ‘influence evidenced through Editorial Board and committee membership’.
Staff research groups are focused in five areas:
- Animation and Sound
- Art and Design Curation
- Art and Design Interpretation and Curation
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
In January 2013 Norwich University College of the Arts became Norwich University of the Arts. This is by Order of the Privy Council.
- Michael Andrews, artist
- Brian Bolland, comic artist on Batman: The Killing Joke
- Glenn Brown, Turner Prize nominee
- Keith Chapman, creator of Bob the Builder
- Stuart Craig, production designer on the Harry Potter film series
- Neil Innes, writer for Monty Python and member of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
- Leafcutter John, jazz musician for Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear
- Zebedee Jones, painter with works in the Tate Collection
- Robert Kennedy, publisher, painter, author and founder of MuscleMag International
- Bernard Meadows, modernist sculptor
- Alfred Munnings, artist and president of the Royal Academy
- Colin Self, pop artist
- George Skipper, architect
- Tim Stoner, winner of Beck's Futures Prize
- Horace Tuck, landscape artist
- Charles Mayes Wigg, landscape artist
- Norwich University of the Arts website
- Hollywood glamour marks the official renaming of Norwich University of the Arts
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