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Architecture at Norwich

Welcome Week, beginning on September 25th, is an exciting time for you to explore our campus and its architecture. Our architects have carefully designed the layout, buildings, and spaces to create a functional and welcoming environment

You’ll find easy-to-navigate pathways, inviting social areas, and safety measures in place. Additionally, our buildings house essential university services like lecture halls, libraries, and labs, all designed to enhance your academic journey and campus experience.

Get ready to discover how our campus architecture contributes to your success during Welcome Week. You will also attend talks about the services and facilities the University offers.

Building your Term

The first taught day of your course is Monday 3 October. 

Generally, you will have timetabled sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week. The rest of the week will usually be independent study time for you to research and develop your projects. Individual timetables will be given the start of the course.

You will be introduced to all these elements so don’t worry about any of this now!

On independent study days, and days where digital teaching is scheduled, you will be able to access the campus to continue your work as needed, or you can elect to work remotely. We will help you plan your time.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Things to watch, read, and do before you start


Experience Dziga Vertov’s ground-breaking film ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ (1929), a revolutionary work of cinema capturing the modern city. It’s a politically charged Soviet-era film featuring four Russian cities over three years, with a feminist touch and bold sequences.

Watch the silent version (opens in a new window) or explore different soundtracks (opens in a new window)

The album ‘dziga’ by H4N is inspired by Vertov’s mechanical vision of the world, exploring humanity’s role in a mechanical universe. Released on February 23, 2017.


Visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art

Visit the Sainsbury Centre‘s permanent collection and current exhibition, and the sculpture garden.

The history of the building (opens in a new window)

Learn about its architects, its design, development and construction on the Fosters and Partners website:

Information from the Architects (opens in a new window) Take a 360-degree tour of the building (opens in a new window)


Read and think about “us/we”.

What does it mean to be an architect in the 2020s and beyond?

Over a century ago Le Corbusier published his provocative (revolutionary?) manifesto of Modern Architecture, Towards a New Architecture (Vers une architecture, 1923).

Today we are still reading it and learning from it. We have also gone well beyond it, questioning it, and seeking and proposing alternatives for an impellent future that is already here.  

A brief introduction to current issues that architecture must deal with

Lizzie Crook, ‘Ten ways in which architecture is addressing climate change’, Dezeen, 22 April 2021

Come prepared

We will discuss your impressions, questions, thoughts through the course of your Welcome Week.

Suggested materials list

This list offers recommendations for essential equipment needed for your first term. While the course supplies most materials for scheduled workshops, you are responsible for your own consumable items and equipment. Further details will be provided during enrolment week.

The Norwich University of the Arts shop is located on the ground floor of the Duke Street building, and re-opens after the summer vacation.  Most of the items listed here will be available on enrolment, so if you’re uncertain, you can choose to purchase everything at the University Art shop during welcome week. However, if you already have or own these, it might be useful to prepare them

We also have an excellent student IT helpdesk who will be able to offer advice on sourcing competitively priced items and student discounts. Once enrolled, your student status will also entitle you to some discounts at major retailers.

For model making:

  • Cutting mat (A3 or larger)
  • Surgical scalpel with replacement blades and/or snap-off segment retractable blade knife (thin)
  • Steel ruler (30cm or longer, with a grooved profile to prevent knife slips
  • Combination/engineers set square.
  • Bostik All Purpose glue

For drawing:

  • Sketchbooks:  A6 pocket sketchbook for observational drawing and  A4 sketchbook, bound on the short edge
  • Roll of sketch paper
  • A2 pad of tracing paper
  • A2 pad of smooth heavy weight paper
  • Metric scale ruler – with scales 1:1000, 1:500, 1:200, 1:100, 1:50, 1:20, 1:10.
  • Hi-polymer eraser.
  • Eraser shield
  • Adjustable set square
  • Set square set of 2 (30-60 degrees and 45-45 degrees)
  • Circle stencils
  • Set of Pencils and/or clutch pencil or lead holder (for 2mm. leads)
  • Set of Pencils and/or 2mm leads.
  • Lead pointer tub – sharpener for 2mm pencil leads (for use with the above)
  • Technical drawing pens (COPIC Multiliner SP or similar) – thicknesses 0.05, 0.2, 0.35, 0.5
  • Compass with precise lead drawing arm
  • Masking tape