Rich array of art at college's exhibition

Laura Devlin Few galleries can boast myriad installations, photography, fine art, drawing and textiles - not to mention animation and video.But all these creative disciplines and more are brought together in Norwich this week as students exhibit their final pieces. Visit the Norwich MA exhibition websiteVisit the Norwich MA exhibition websiteVisit the Norwich MA exhibition website

Laura Devlin

Few galleries can boast myriad installations, photography, fine art, drawing and textiles - not to mention animation and video.

But all these creative disciplines and more are brought together in Norwich this week as students exhibit their final pieces.

The MA end-of-year show, open to the public from today, is the first exhibition held by the Norwich University College of the Arts, formerly the Norwich School of Art and Design. The work represents a year of study by more than 60 students across nine courses, including MAs in animation and sound design; digital arts; drawing; textile culture and writing the visual.

Visitors exploring the various exhibition spaces can view two-dimensional canvases and photography, watch bold music videos, take a closer look at rusted corrugated iron and delicate fabrics accompanied by the sounds of waterfalls and birds.

One interactive piece invites onlookers to dance the tango and leave a rainbow of computer-generated colours across the floor, while elsewhere a triptych of video animation using a deck of cards to represent the four members of the artist's family chatting about playing games is designed to be used as games table.

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The university college has run its MA programme since 1992 when it offered just one MA in fine art. From this month, the programme will be extended to offer 11 courses including design and motion graphics.

Dr Barbara Howey, MA co-ordinator and course leader of the art, design and education course, said: “We are extremely proud to be celebrating the achievements of the first postgraduates from Norwich University College of the Arts. Since 1992 we have strived to develop our MA programme and facilities, providing our students with the resources and support they need to achieve their aims.

“This year's work is some of the most exciting we have seen and we are looking forward to continuing to enhance the university college's status in this postgraduate arena.”

Applications for Norwich University College of the Arts MA places come from around the UK as well as India, Pakistan, China, USA, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Nigeria.

All graduating students will attend a ceremony next July.

The MA Exhibitions 08 are based in various buildings around St George's Street and the Monastery car park, situated off Elm Hill. They are open to the public from today until Tuesday, not including Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

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