Becoming a student at NUA means joining a vibrant creative community with the same goal: success in the creative industries.
The UK has a world-renowned reputation for excellence in higher education and as a cultural and commercial hub for the arts, studying in the UK exposes students to the emerging practices shaping the creative industries. Choosing the UK for your degree programme means you will gain a globally recognised qualification and professional experience that will set you apart from other graduates.
If you choose a specialist education in art and design education, you will focus on the development of your creative skills through practice. Instead of formal classrooms, specialist students are at home in studios and workshops. The academic and technical staff are themselves artists, designers and accomplished researchers in their field. Students are assessed not through exams, but the work they generate. In other words, you learn through making: honing practical skills, learning lessons from mistakes and successes, engaging challenging ideas and making up their own minds, discovering the stories they want to tell, working for real clients and building a portfolio to kick start their career.
Preparing graduates for success in the professional world sits at the heart of NUA’s educational approach. The equipment, software and techniques you use mirror what you would find in industry to ensure that you’re prepared for the workplace with relevant skills and an outstanding portfolio. Students regularly connect with professional networks and participate in a variety of work experiences. They also showcase their work in public and industry events throughout their studies.
During your time at NUA you will develop strong technical skills in your discipline as well as a reliable creative process. Through critique, critical reflection, research, collaborative working and real world work experience your process will develop hand in hand with the practical. For this reason, specialist study is demanding and requires a great deal of passion and determination. Students are encouraged to actively question their work, push themselves to explore and experiment, and work with the energy and seriousness of professionals long before they join their chosen industry.
We welcome students from over 40 countries. The contribution of these students to the creative and cultural life of the University is recognised by everyone at NUA. That said, overeseas students make up a small proportion of the overall student body, which means they enjoy a truly British cultural experience.
To help internationals get the most out of their experience and feel at home in England, the International Office hosts a comprehensive orientation programme and a year-long series of social events. This is specifically designed to help overseas students understand British culture and better integrate into their courses.
Some students will speak exclusively in English for the first time. Others will encounter new and challenging political, social and artistic ideas. Many will use their time in the UK to travel all over Great Britain and Europe. Being an international student is an undertaking that requires confidence and self-reliance. However, everyone benefits from support, so the University offers pastoral support, free English language tutorials, as well as learning support for written work and study skills.
We are pleased to work with you to discuss your questions and concerns at any stage of the application process.
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We have scholarships available for international students starting in their first year of study.
International applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of creative work relevant to their proposed course of study. You can find portfolio guidance online.
The Creative Skillset Tick mark of approval means that when you finish your course, you’re three times more likely to work in your chosen field. Look for the Creative Skillset tick on many of our courses!
NUA students enjoy close contact with lecturers and technicians throughout their studies. You can find out more about contact time for the course you’re interested in on the Unistats website.
We look forward to supporting your application for a place at NUA and throughout your studies at NUA. Learn more about the International Office and find out when you can meet University representatives in your country.
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