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Norwich University of the Arts’ short courses help to fill skill gaps in the creative and technological industries, providing you with the opportunity to develop the skills needed for the next step in your career.

Our forward-thinking short courses have been designed to offer focused study into key subject areas for the creative industries of the future. These courses thread together core creative approaches with the possibilities and strategic advantages of technology.

Teaching is entirely online and on-demand to allow flexibility with your other commitments, and you will have access to our offering of creative facilities and an extensive range of software, for the duration of your short course.

What are Short Courses?

Short courses typically take up to a year to complete and offer a shorter study option than a more traditional undergraduate or postgraduate course. At Norwich University of the Arts, short courses are delivered entirely online and are on-demand, so you can study at your own pace, allowing you the flexibility to balance your course around other commitments.

The Level 4 Basics of Creative Coding course is designed to be an introductory route into working creatively with computer programming providing a route to either related work opportunities or further study. If you have not previously considered a career in creative software development, this course could be an ideal starting point.

Level 6 courses are designed to augment or add to your existing knowledge or qualifications in an area of study. They are ideal for those looking to shift their career focus without entirely retraining, providing you with technical skills in the subject area and helping prepare you for a role in industry.

What is a ‘Level 4’ or ‘Level 6’ course equivalent to?

Level 4 qualifications are equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) or a Higher National Certificate (HNC). They are the level of education above A Levels (level 3), and the level below a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or a Higher National Diploma (HND) (Level 5).

Level 6 qualifications are equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

Level 3

  • A level
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Advanced Apprenticeship

Level 4

  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Level 5

  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)

Level 6

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Degree Apprenticeship

Level 7

  • Master’s degree
  • Integrated master’s degree
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Level 8

  • Doctorate (PhD or DPhil)

How are the Short Courses Delivered?

Short Courses are entirely online and designed specifically for remote study. You will have feedback from your course tutors and opportunities to virtually meet your fellow students. The course content is ‘on-demand’ meaning that you can access the content at a time and pace that suits you. Many students balance a short course alongside full-time work and other responsibilities.

Why study a short course at Norwich University of the Arts?

These courses benefit from the expertise of a leading creative university, providing you with the skills and opportunities a higher education institution offers. Benefit from our creative facilities and digital resources, including remote use of our software using our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and access to our physical creative spaces and workshop areas.

We are a specialist arts, architecture, design, and media university with a campus in the heart of the creative quarter of Norwich. Students join a community that sparks with creativity at a university renowned for its teaching quality, industry-standard facilities, and high student satisfaction. Norwich University of the Arts has a strong record of graduate employability, with graduates forging successful careers across the arts — from fine art to visual effects.

Find out more about our Short Courses

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Basics of Creative Coding (Level 4)

An introductory route into working creatively with computer programming, providing a path to either related work opportunities or further study. If you have not previously considered a career in creative software development, this course could be an ideal starting point.

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Creative Coding (Level 6)

Develop creative programming skills, either as a way of getting a job in this area, or as an introduction to a full MA or MSc course. The course has been co-designed with digital creative employers for learners who have either completed an undergraduate degree, or who can show through career experience that they are ready to start the course.

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Introduction to UX Design (Level 6)

Develop creative design skills, either as a way of getting a job in this area, or as an introduction to a full MA or MSc course. The course has been co-designed with digital creative employers for learners who have either completed an undergraduate degree, or who can show through career experience that they are ready to start the course.

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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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