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    • The 3D workshop is invaluable, the materials available allow me to explore testing methods and prototype materials to see my concepts become more physical.

      - Hamila Haruna - November 5, 2015
    • The studio is where my creative thinking happens, being surrounded by other students keeps me motivated and challenged constantly.

      - Mohamad Bin Othman - October 26, 2015
    • Our workshops give you more confidence, insights and understanding of materials, colour theory and market audience - it's prepared me for what to expect in industry.

      - Ches Young - September 29, 2015
    • Artists need to constantly be asking questions of themselves and their work and thinking critically, which they pushed us to do at NUA.

      - Marcia X - June 29, 2014
    • The University has given me the chance to enter competitions and get experience. If they separated studio projects and told us to enter the competitions on our own, that wouldn't be good. As students we're already very busy. If we had to do the school projects and make work for the competitions? Impossible. So our lecturers tell us: this is school work you can enter into competitions.

      - Sabrina Ng - April 22, 2015
    • The UK was the most appropriate for me. I knew I didn't want to go to Australia and America was out of the question because it's too expensive. Obviously there are big name UK universities, but compared to three years in London, the price of living in Norwich is cheaper. I have friends who study in London and they say the same thing: London is really busy and the people can be rude. I'm not too bothered by that, Singapore can be like that, in a way. But you can immerse yourself in an "Asian bubble" when you go overseas. I know a lot of people that study overseas and they just end up hanging out with Singaporeans. They have this mini-Singapore and they don't get exposed to English people. What's the point of going all this way to hang out with people that you can hang out with back home? I'm the only one in my year that is Chinese, so I have to hang out with a bunch of people from a different culture.

      - Mark Ng - August 27, 2015
    • The best thing about studying here is that if you're motivated and passionate, you have the opportunity to go as far as you want. The tools are provided and there's space for you to consider things. At a regular University there's not enough space. You might be in the middle of filming, but in the back of your head you're worried about a math exam! If you know that you want to go into the arts, why would you even bother going to a four year university? The reality is that studying here is much cheaper, it's only three years, you enter a creative arts community and you have a lot of control. It's a no brainer. NUA is for students who are going to work hard, who are passionate and willing to explore different art forms. If you ask for things at this University, people are willing to help. You spend three years with the faculty and they really invest time in you. And I think what makes it a real gem is that it's a small community. For someone who is an independent worker and really motivated there isn't a better choice.

      - Jillian Fosten - June 1, 2015
    • I wanted a career change when I joined NUA. I wanted to be an illustrator while growing up, and as an adult I wanted to pursue children's book writing and illustration. But life took me down a different path. While I have been very lucky with my current job in the cultural heritage sector, that burning desire to create was always there. Because I was interested in illustration, I looked into the MA Communication Design course. What attracted me most was the course's subject specific and cross-discipline approach. I wanted the opportunity to work with creatives from a variety of backgrounds. I was not disappointed. The interdisciplinary tutorials were frequent and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow in a rich, diverse atmosphere. We freely and critically bounced ideas and feedback between fellow students across disciplines. There was also an away-day in London, which not only gave us a chance to see major exhibitions and spaces, but also provided that extra opportunity to bond, free from the context of the classroom, into what I think will develop into long term (post-NUA) relationships. What I most loved about my experience, is that the MA teaching and support staff is incredibly hands on, generous and engaged with each of the students. I've benefitted tremendously from the wealth of information they liberally share. I appreciate the positive feedback, but also critical, considered opinions at each stage of my work's development. I would not have been able to achieve success with some of my projects without the copious and generous support from my tutors. These characteristics - collaborative, supportive and positive - best define the NUA experience and the academic culture.

      - Kazz Morohashi - July 15, 2015