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Summer School 2022

Wednesday 27 July – Wednesday 31 August 2022

Our 2022 Summer School online workshop series is open for booking!

These free online sessions are led by Norwich alumni, staff and practising artists and cover a wide range of creative disciplines from animation to photography, from creative computing to architecture.

These workshops were arranged and delivered by Norwich and TakeYourPlace –

Certificate of Attendance

Attending the Summer School series is the perfect experience to discuss on personal statements and a great way to demonstrate your new skills in a creative portfolio.

As part of the series, we will be providing an official digital certificate of attendance that you can add to your portfolio.

To receive your official Norwich Summer School 2022 certificate, you will need to;

  • Attend a minimum of 3 workshops from the series
  • Submit outcomes from 3 workshops (for students in the UK only)

Previous workshops

Character Design

Wednesday 27 July | 10.00 – 11.30am (BST)

Led by Freelance Character Designer Dan Kelby, (Netflix, Disney TV Animation, Cartoon Network Studios), you will explore a process for generating a variety of character designs using everyday objects, which will enhance your understanding of the application of shape design and proportion when exploring a brief visually.

As well as informing character design for animation, the processes covered will also benefit other disciplines such as illustration and games design.

Digital drawing or traditional 2D processes can be followed for this workshop.

What do I need? 

Digital drawing

  • Digital art program such as Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, Clip Studio Paint or similar

Traditional drawing

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pen (a permanent marker such as a Sharpie)

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Animation, Games Art and Design and Illustration.

Download the Character Design worksheet

Creating an Ethnographic Doodle

Wednesday 3 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Ethnographic doodle is a type of illustration practice, combining ethnography (the study of people and culture mainly through observation) and doodling (informal image making) to visually document human culture.

During this session participants will create their own ethnographic doodle, a powerful visual research method that can be super fun and useful in many career contexts. 

What do I need? 

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen (optional)
  • Colour pencils (optional)

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop crossover with subjects including Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Art.

Download the Ethnographic Doodle worksheet

Fashion Photography

Wednesday 10 August | 10.00 – 11.30am (BST)

The world of fashion photography is a great way to pursue creative projects and explore different ideas.

Join Cat Gundry-Beck, BA (Hons) Photography graduate who now works as a photographer based in Iceland, for a workshop where students will participate in different tasks photographing themselves, someone else or a piece of clothing hanging while learning about the fashion photography industry.

What do I need? 

  • Something to cover the face e.g. costume mask (animal, masquerade). If you don’t have this, you could photograph the individual from behind or crop out their face.
  • Some different clothing options
  • A source of light e.g. window, lamp or a flashlight
  • Furniture or props e.g. a chair to sit on, jewellery, a watch, a plant etc.

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Photography, Fashion, and Fashion Communication and Promotion.

Download the Fashion Photography worksheet

3D Visual Creations

Wednesday 17 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Taster session exploring the creative power of node based coding.

We will be using Blender 3 to create morphing and animated 3D sculptures and models.

What do I need? 

  • Blender 3
  • Windows 8.1, 10 and 11 or,
  • macOS 10.13 Intel, 11.0 Apple Silicon
  • Linux Minimum
  • 64-bit quad core CPU with SSE2 support
  • 8GB RAM
  • Full HD display
  • Mouse, trackpad or pen + tablet
  • Graphics card with 2GB RAM, OpenGL 4.3 that is less than 10 years old

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Animation and Visual Effects, Games Art and Design, Games Development and Creative Computing.

Download the Visual Coding and Generative Modelling worksheet

Pitch Perfect

Wednesday 24 August | 10.00 – 11.30am (BST)

Working in branded video content is always a challenge but one aspect that is often overlooked is the pitching process. This is way before the cameras start rolling.

The pitching process is your opportunity to communicate and sell your ideas and concepts through the use of visuals, text and speech and really show your understanding of a client, a company or a brand.

Through this workshop we run through how we develop pitches and proposals that have won us libraries of work. 

What do I need? 

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Film and Moving Image Production, Acting, Fashion Communication and Promotion and Animation.

Download the Pitching worksheet

Accessing Architecture

Wednesday 31 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join Norwich BA (Hons) Architecture graduate and Junior Architect, Nick Cassidy, for a workshop exploring new architectural designs based on household objects and natural forms.
Learn how to take 2D concepts into 3D visualisations with a digital design tutorial alongside an insight into the creative process within industry.

What do I need? 

  • A range of household objects you find interesting
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper to sketch out ideas
  • Ruler or a similar object with a straight edge
  • Access to the free software SketchUp –
  • A right-angle triangle (optional)
  • A protractor (optional)

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Architecture and Interior Design.

Download the Accessing Architecture worksheet


How do I join the workshop? 

Once you have booked your place on the workshop(s) you wish to join, a confirmation email will be sent out with links and information on how to join the event.

Will I receive a recording of the workshop if I am unable to attend? 

We will be recording all workshops and making them available to those who book to attend. We would therefore suggest you book your place on the events you are interested in attending even if you can no longer join closer to the day. 

What do I need to do to get my certificate?

You will need to attend a minimum of 3 of the 6 workshops to be able to receive the official certificate of attendance. We are also asking for you to submit outcomes from 3 workshops that you have attended (for students in the UK only).

How will I receive my certificate? 

We will be providing a digital certificate to you after the final event has finished. 

Is there a risk assessment and safeguarding in place for this series? 

We are happy to share our risk assessment and safeguarding information with you should you require this. Please email us at for more information. 

Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

To book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at Norwich University of the Arts, please give us a call.

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