Research Degrees

Meet your Librarian – Kirsten Pairpoint

About Kirsten

Kirsten Pairpoint is the Subject Librarian responsible for Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration, as well as Research Degrees. She studied Graphic Information Design at the University of Westminster and worked at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she curated the Annual Illustration Awards.

How Can I Help You?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!

I work Wednesday mornings and all day Thursday and Friday.

As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@norwichuni_library) for times and dates.

Norwich University of the Arts Library holds:

  • 38,000 printed items (including journal archives, special collections and exhibition catalogues)
  • 500,000+ ebooks
  • 3,000 journal titles (mostly electronic)

The Library is a repository for the University’s Special Collections and associated archives, which offer a wealth of source material for research purposes.

There are also a number of databases available covering a wide range of interests, including a searchable archive of over 2 million TV and radio broadcasts, access to BFI Films, statistics, images, OS maps and more.

Contained in our Journal Archives are back issues of currently received titles as well as those that are no longer published, such as the defunct, but still ground-breaking Émigré; Ray Gun; Dot, Dot, Dot; and Baseline. We also hold historical issues of beloved style magazines, including i-D and The Face; contemporary arts journals like Parkett and Freize and a selection of photography, textiles and fashion journals, with our fifty-year run of Vogue being a highlight.

Resources about Research

Have a look at our Researching for Your Studies page for resources that will guide you in developing your ideas.

Requesting books / journal articles from other libraries

The library is part of an inter library loan service with the British Library and participating universities, so if there is something that you need that isn’t in the collection, it can usually be borrowed for you from elsewhere or bought for our collection where necessary. This service is provided free of charge, please use the New Item Request Form.

Using other libraries

The SCONUL Access Scheme

This is a reciprocal arrangement between university libraries that allows you as a postgraduate research student to use study spaces, resources and borrow some books from other university libraries. Norwich University of the Arts Library is a member of this scheme which means you can sign up for a SCONUL card and gain access to other university libraries. For more details and to fill in an online application form, please see the SCONUL website.

University of East Anglia

As well as access via your SCONUL card the UEA has walk-in user access to its e-resources.

Robert Sainsbury Library (Sainsbury Research Unit)

A specialised library in the indigenous arts and material culture of Africa, the Pacific Region and the Americas. Based on the UEA campus and allowing access via SCONUL.

University of the Arts London

UAL is the validating body for PGR degrees undertaken at Norwich University of the Arts. Please note UAL libraries may only be accessed via the SCONUL scheme.

Any Questions?

If you would like help with research, referencing or anything else library related please just ask:


Call: +44 (0) 1603 751469

Online Resources

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research.

Useful Online Resources for Research Degrees:

Access: On and Off-campus

Art & Architecture Source

BA ArchitectureBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Fine ArtBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignMA ArchitectureMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FilmMA Fine ArtMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

Search here for articles from a variety of subjects including Art and Art History; Architecture; Graphics; Interior Design; Decorative Art; Commercial Art; and Film, TV and video.

Access: On and Off-campus

Art, Design and Architecture Collection

BA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignMA ArchitectureMA Communication DesignMA Fine ArtMA PhotographyMA Textile DesignYear 0

Search here for results from current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts. You can find material on Modern and Contemporary Art, Artists, and Movements; Architecture; Design; Crafts; Photography; and Art History.

TV, Video and Sound
Access: On and Off-campus

BFI Player

BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBSc User Experience DesignMA FilmYear 0

Stream new, cult and classic films – instant access to exceptional movies hand-picked for you by people with a passion for cinema. 

To create a new account follow the link and sign up using your university email address.

Step by step guidance to create an account can be found here.


TV, Video and Sound
Access: On and Off-campus

Box of Broadcasts

BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA ArchitectureMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FashionMA FilmMA Fine ArtMA GamesMA Performing Arts EnterpriseMA PhotographyMA Textile DesignYear 0

BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.

This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.

Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.

Access: On and Off-campus

British Periodicals 1681-1939

BA ActingBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA Fine ArtBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationMA ArchitectureMA Communication DesignMA Fine Art

This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.


Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

  • They are up to date.
  • Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.

Selected Research Degrees publications:

Access: On and Off-campus
Availability: Online
Status: Current

Design and Culture

BA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignMA Communication Design

Design and Culture reflects the state of scholarship in the field of design and nurtures new or overlooked lines of inquiry that redefine our understanding of design.

Access: Free Online
Availability: Online


DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) contains almost 17 500 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Access: On and Off-campus
Availability: Online
Status: Current

Drawing: research, theory, practice

BA Fine ArtMA Fine Art

Promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context.

Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Current

Harvard Design Magazine

BA ArchitectureMA Architecture

Probes beyond the established design disciplines to enrich and diversify current discourse. Scholarly, poetic, and visually lush, each issue triggers new interpretations of design’s defining role in today’s culture. Distinguished and unexpected voices from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning meet those from the realms of art, science, literature, and beyond. Publishes twice yearly.

Access: Free Online
Availability: Online
Status: Open Access

International Journal of film and media arts

BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Games Art and DesignMA FilmMA GamesYear 0

The International Journal of Film and Media Arts is an open access, subsidized by the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University, Lisboa, Portugal. IJFMA is a semiannual publication focusing on all areas of film and media arts research and critique, namely animation, television, media arts and videogames, and their varied social and cultural forms of expression and materialization.