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Norwich art students join iTunes

PUBLISHED: 15:46 22 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 01 July 2010

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Kate Scotter

While the modern world is now becoming accustomed to accessing information on the move, students can now download lectures on their phones.

While the modern world is now becoming accustomed to accessing information on the move, students can now download lectures on their phones.

Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA) has joined Apple's iTunes U, a dedicated area of the iTunes Store that offers free audio and video content from leading educational institutions.

The pages went live this month with more than 150 video, audio and PDF files drawn from current courses across NUCA's schools of art, design and media, including examples of students' work.

The content is available for free download and also includes highlights from a series of guest lectures delivered to students.

NUCA also plans to use iTunes U to provide student-created profiles of its campus, courses, alumni and events, including coverage of the recent visit of punk rock legend and co-founder of The Clash Mick Jones.

John Last, NUCA principal, said: “Our iTunes U pages will enable NUCA to put its highly rated teaching and research into the public domain for the benefit of all with an interest in learning about the arts, as well as provide an opportunity for people to view the high standard of work being produced by the artists, designers and media creators in our student body.”

NUCA is one of 11 UK institutions with content on the site and is the first specialist college to be included.

There are two sites - one external and the other internal - which enable the college to showcase its work to members of the public while also allowing students to access information for their courses.

The sites can be viewed online or downloaded on an iPhone or iPad.

Sarah Hamilton, director of marketing, said: “It's a fantastic learning and teaching tool and it's a great showcase of our work, especially for the media courses.

“Eighty per cent of our courses are practical so our students are always going to be in the workshop or studio but this adds something extra and is a fantastic resource.

“And in terms of getting NUCA out there, it's very good for our profile.”

She said the students will submit their work and it will be up to them whether or not their work is included on the site. She said the college, which has Apple Developer University Status, is responsible for the content used.

The site can be found at www.nuca.ac.uk/itunes

Have you found an innovative way to use modern technology? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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