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Undergraduate Courses

At NUA you can study for qualifications at a number of different levels.

As you read through the course profiles you will notice that some subjects are available at more than one level, so please refer back to the definitions below to help you decide which is right for you.

BA (Hons) degrees

BA degrees are qualifications that help you develop a thorough understanding of a particular subject. They usually take three years to complete on a full-time basis and you will find you have much more of an input into the direction your learning takes than you’ve had previously. Upon completion you may decide to continue your education with a Masters Degree (MA) qualification or use your degree to help start your professional career.

Four Year BA Degree (Year 0)

Year 0 is the first year of a four year BA (Hons) degree course. The University offers a Year 0 learning opportunity for four of its courses – Film and Moving Image Production, Games Art and Design, Graphic Design and Fine Art. You may wish to consider applying for the four year course if you have a strong commitment to your chosen specialist area of study but feel you have yet to acquire the experience and range of skills you would need to successfully undertake degree level study in three years.

Working with subject staff in specialist workshops and studios, alongside peers from all years of your chosen course as well as postgraduate students, Year 0 offers you the additional time to develop the skills and knowledge you need to successfully complete your degree course.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees*

From September 2017 NUA will launch three brand new BSc (Hons) courses, the first of their kind in the University – Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience. The courses are all designed to combine a strong technical and research element alongside a core grounding in creative visual and design skills and a design thinking approach. Our research in industry shows that graduates who combine technical ability with creativity are very much in demand in the digital industries, where there is a current and projected future skills shortage.

In the first year of study, all three new courses will introduce students to coding, 2D and 3D design and research methods. The curriculum in the second and third year of the courses will become more specialised with the emphasis being placed on the skills and knowledge required for future careers in each area.

You may be interested in one of these new courses if you are considering a future career in games; graphics; web design and development; digital entrepreneurship; app design and development; VFX; digital imaging; interaction design or user experience design.

*Subject to validation

Undergraduate Academic Year 2016/17

New Student Induction Week 19/09/16 – 23/09/16
Term 1 26/09/16 – 16/12/16
Term 2 09/01/17 – 31/03/17
Term 3 24/04/17 – 30/06/17

Christmas: 19 December 2016 – 8 January 2017
Easter: 3 April 2017 – 23 April 2017
Summer: 3 July 2017 – TBC

How to Apply

Find out more about applying to undergraduate courses at NUA.