The Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA) has revealed it will offer a new architecture undergraduate degree from September 2012
The full-time, three-year course has been set up following growing demand from local practitioners for a degree course in the area and in a bid to keep budding architects from leaving East Anglia .
NUCA principal John Last, said: ‘Despite the fact that Norfolk contains some superb examples of modern architectural design – such as The Forum, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Prospect House (Archant head office) and Chapelfield Shopping Centre – students have had to leave the region to study the subject.
‘With NUCA having record-breaking demand for places on its courses, the university has taken the decision to launch a BA Architecture degree course for 2012.’
The college’s dean of arts and design Hilary Carlisle said it is currently interviewing a shortlist of qualified and experienced architects with university teaching experience.
He added: ‘For local students the obvious benefit is access to a degree qualification in their subject matter on their doorstep. However, it is NUCA’s intention for the course to compete with the best provision of architectural study nationwide.
‘Local architects and design practices recognise that in order to attract the best talent to the region there needs to be provision of a leading degree course. That’s why NUCA has enjoyed close consultation with the architecture profession and the course will be complemented by a network of practitioners and industry representatives to ensure students are equipped with professionally relevant skills.’
The region has more than 30 architectural practices.