Research course

Art, Design and Media

Norwich University of the Arts · Norwich University of the Arts

Entry requirements

Our normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. However, an MA in an appropriate subject is considered to be a particularly valuable preparation for a research degree. Applicants not meeting either of these criteria will also be considered if they can demonstrate alternative relevant qualifications, professional experience and an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to their proposed programme of study. We welcome applications for study towards a research degree throughout the year. Applicants should complete the University's Preliminary Application to Study for a Research Degree form in the first instance.

Months of entry


Course content

35% of our research was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise.

Our Animation and Sound Design research focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of animation and sound in academic and commercial contexts, aiming to promote interaction between experimental and commercial production, exhibition and criticism.

Our Interpretation and Curation research focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the interpretation and curation of contemporary art, design and media, aiming to contribute new insights to the understanding of art, design and media in contemporary culture.

Department specialisms

We welcome proposals for research degree study in the areas of Art and Design Interpretation and Curation, and Animation and Sound Design. Within these areas we offer supervisory expertise in the subjects of Animation, Sound Design, International Surrealism, Conceptualism, Curation, Sculpture, Textiles, Design History, and Typography.

Information for international students

Where English is not an applicant's first language, applicants must demonstrate evidence of English language ability to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency: International English Language Test (IELTS) scoring at least 7.0+ (with a 7.0 in writing) or a recognised equivalent as agreed by the University Language Centre.

Fees and funding

The main source of postgraduate studentships is the Arts and Humanities Research Council (

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research & Consultancy Administrator
01603 610561
01603 615728