Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts
NUA logo.png
Former names
Norwich School of Design
Norfolk Institute of Art and Design
Norwich School of Art and Design
Norwich University College of the Arts
TypePublic
Established
ChancellorVacant
Vice-ChancellorJohn Last
Students2,180 (2016/17)[1]
Undergraduates2,070 (2016/17)[1]
Postgraduates115 (2016/17)[1]
Location,
United Kingdom

52°37′49″N 1°17′48″E / 52°37′49″N 1°17′48″E / 52.6303; 1.2966
CampusUrban
www.nua.ac.uk

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a public university in Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom. It is a former higher education institution and specialises in art, design and media. Norwich University of the Arts was founded as Norwich School of Design in 1845 and has a long history of arts education. It gained full university status in 2013.

NUA is the smaller of two universities in Norwich, the other being the University of East Anglia.

History

The history of the university 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.[2][better source needed]