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Awards and prizes

Through philanthropic support of Norwich University of the Arts, we are able to offer the following awards to students who have shown excellence through their studies.

The Helen Hoyte Award

The Helen Hoyte Award was established in 2020 and is open to all second year BA (Hons) Textile Design students.

The prize is awarded by the Costume & Textile Association (C&TA) at the end of BA2a to a student who has effectively used research to inform their practice.

David Thorpe Memorial Prize

The David Thorpe Memorial Prize is awarded annually by Linda Thorpe in memory of her late son, David Thorpe, a former Norwich University of the Arts BA (Hons) Design for Publishing student.

This £25 prize is awarded to the student who has shown the most significant improvement over their three years on the course.

Elsie Cole Prize

Elsie Cole studied at Norwich School of Art between 1908-1910 and her prize, worth £100, is awarded to a final year BA (Hons) Graphic Communications student.

The Elsie Cole Memorial Prize is a historical legacy, generously left in Elsie Cole’s will to Norwich University of the Arts. The prize is awarded to a student who has created the most outstanding work in their final year and showed the most improvement over their three years on the course.

Hamson Barron Smith Award for Sustainable Design

This £200 prize is presented annually to a final year student studying BA (Hons) Architecture whose project work shows the most promising approach to environmental considerations according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates a sustained approach to environmentally aware architecture and urbanism.
  2. Illustrates a considered approach to environmental design for cities, landscapes, public spaces, materials, industrial, retail, and residential architecture.

EAAF John Alston Prize for Fine Art

This £500 prize was first awarded in 2022 and is given to a final year BA (Hons) Fine Art student by the East Anglia Art Fund, in memory of John Alston CBE. The prize is awarded based on the student’s final year work.

Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Prize

The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (NCAS), members of the NCAS Committee, generously award two final year students each year.

The NCAS Makers prize and the NCAS Fine Art Prize, both worth £250, are presented to graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art students who have excelled in their final year of study and demonstrated this in their outstanding final exhibition.

Purcell Research Report Prize

This £300 prize is presented annually to a final year student studying BA (Hons) Architecture who produces the most outstanding Research Report according to the following criteria:

  1. The topic is contemporary and relevant to issues pertinent to the broader architectural community.
  2. The report has a clear argument and demonstrates strong analytical skills and the use of evidence.
  3. The report is engaging and articulate in style and has been designed professionally with clear consideration of aesthetics and layout.

RIBA East Student Award for Outstanding Design

This £300 prize is presented annually to celebrate the talent of final year BA (Hons) Architecture students in the region and to reward them in the pursuit of excellence in the study of architecture.

Robert Boyall Prize

This prize was established in 2016 by Keith and Kay Boyall in memory of their son, Robert Boyall. Robert was a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student at Norwich University of the Arts from 2011-2015, who developed a special interest in Typography.

Keith and Kay generously award £250 each year to a graduating Graphic Design student who demonstrates a shared passion for Typography.

Vernon Crowther Prize for Fine Art

The Vernon Crowther Prize for Fine Art is awarded to a graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art student who has demonstrated excellence during their final year of study.

The award, generously gifted by Sylvia Ackling, is worth £1,000. 

Walter Scott Prize

This £100 prize is awarded to a BA (Hons) Graphic Communications student who has created outstanding work in their end-of-year show and demonstrated the most improvement

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