Picture gallery: Norwich University College of the Arts reveals new architecture degree as it opens its 2011 degree show

Norwich University College of the Arts (Nuca) announced the introduction of an architecture degree yesterday as proud students showed off the fruits of three years of creative labour.

Nuca principal Prof John Last used the 2011 undergraduate degree show to reveal the new degree, which will see the institution working with top architects in the city and the county.

The announcement came during the private view for the show, with the work of more than 800 young people spread across the edge-of-Norwich campus.

Prof Last said: 'In the opinion of our staff and of myself, this is the strongest show we've ever been able to present to the public.'

He added: 'The purpose of this event is to get distinguished people from the city and county and London and the creative industries to look first hand at what we do.

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'We are anxious that our graduates do get employment, and this is a very important time for them.'

He said: 'I never get tired of the work because individual students are always re-interpreting, using and building on the past.

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'There's always a new way of thinking about the presentation and the ideas.'

Prof Last told assembled guests that Nuca's reserves were 'strong', and being used to 'upgrade our estates', while applications were up 15pc this year - compared with the 4pc university average.

He said: 'However, the test for Nuca is the quality of student work'.

Much of the work is on sale, and members of the public are able to buy items and installations.

Undergraduate Kate Bloomfield, 20, from Chedgrave, was showing some eye-catching photographs that included flame throwers and humans with pigs' heads.

She said: 'It is around the theme of Charlie Sheen and his breakdown. He was doing so many crazy things that I could draw upon.'

Kate, who has applied for residencies in San Francisco, added: 'I used to come to this show when I was doing my GCSEs. There's a lot of pressure to get this right, and I wanted it to be as good as it could be.'

The degree show is open to the public at Nuca's St George's Street and Duke Street bases from 10am to 4pm from today and through to June 28, but closed on Sunday.

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