Top creative talent is being showcased in the annual Norwich University of the Arts Degree Shows this week.
Image: A portrait from the Photography show
The exhibition has been beautifully curated to display the work of 600 new graduates, it is undoubtedly work that will see many go on to become recognised industry names.
Image: Graphic design work from students who have designed a re-brand for existing products
We took a tour around the shows this week and still didn't manage to see everything. There is such a wide variety of work to view and it's so captivating that you find the time slipping away as you get absorbed in the incredible details in the fine art, or try to make assumptions about an model's expression in a photographic portrait. So, the best advice for visiting is to leave yourself plenty of time if you want to make it around several of the shows!
There are so many NUA courses taking part in the shows, visitors can see work from animation, architecture, fashion, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing and textiles. If something catches your eye, you can even flick through the students' portfolios to see more work from their collection.
In a 2014/15 report it was found that 95% of NUA graduates went on to employment or further education within six months of graduating and it's easy to see why when you view the standard of work on display.
NUA has become synonymous with fashion design, with students taking part in Norwich Fashion Week every year and many going on to take impressive industry jobs. The fashion garments in the Degree Show are breathtaking; I'm still dreaming about the stunning red coat on display as you enter the building on St George's Street!
NUA Degree Shows are free to attend and open to the public from now until Wednesday 5th July. You can wander around the work at leisure, flick through student portfolios and even buy prints and editions in the NUA shop, 'Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area'.
Image: Project work on display from the 'Design for Publishing' course
NUA has another reason to celebrate this week after being awarded 'Gold' by the Department of Education in recognition of its excellence in teaching standards. Assessors found that Norwich University of the Arts provided exemplary employability initiatives, investment in industry-standard resources, course design and assessment practices that provide outstanding levels of stretch for students and a learning environment that is enriched by collaborative working. It's great news for current and prospective students as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel has identified teaching, learning and outcomes for students at NUA as being consistently outstanding. Well done NUA!
If this has inspired you to consider NUA as a place to study, the next Undergraduate Open Day is coming up on Saturday 30th September, you can book your place online. There is also a Postgraduate Open Day taking place on Saturday 2nd September from 12pm - 3pm. Visit the NUA website for more details.