Welcome to the School of Art, Media and American Studies, based on UEA's main Norwich campus in and around the Arts Building and in the splendid Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The School brings together world-leading expertise in the visual arts, in film, television and media studies and in the literature, history, and culture of the United States, and the Atlantic and Pacific worlds.
The School's research is recognized internationally for its excellence and our scholars shape and define their fields. Our dedication to our students ensures that you can look forward to a warm welcome and to sharing in our discoveries. We have a commitment to teaching that means you can enjoy the benefit of the most current, critical debates taking place in your subject and that you have the opportunity to work in a creative and dynamic learning environment. We are proud that we consistently receive exceptional ratings of student satisfaction in the National Student Surveys and in university league tables, and that our subjects are ranked in the top-ten in The Guardian and Complete University Guide rankings—with American Studies occupying the third position in the most recent Guardian University Guide for 2017.
We offer outstanding facilities. The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts is home to many outstanding modern works of art by Francis Bacon, Degas, Henry Moore, and others, which sit alongside works from around the globe, from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world: it is an exceptional resource for students of art history and museum studies. We have a television studio on campus, where our students have the opportunity to develop their creative skills. We also offer a year-abroad and semester-abroad exchange programme that is second-to-none in the UK. Our four-year degrees in American Studies give our students the opportunity to study in the United States—with a dazzling array of exchange choices from coast-to-coast, from Florida to California to Hawaii—or in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia or New Zealand. In addition, all of our students on three-year degree courses have the opportunity to take advantage of the chance to study for a semester abroad in Europe and beyond. UEA can truly be the place you begin a journey of exploration around the world.
Our School places emphasis on the quality of classroom and tutorial contact time, and our students benefit from small-group seminar classes, more contact hours than many comparable universities, and innovative teaching. We have a rigorous employability programme that supports you as you begin to move towards the world of graduate work after you complete your studies. Along the way, you have a personal advisor who can help provide the support you need during your studies, personally and to help you develop your scholarship.
Above all, I think you will find a friendly and supportive as well as intellectually challenging learning environment here. I look forward to seeing you at UEA.
Professor Mark Jancovich
Head of the School of Art, Media and American Studies