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Undergraduate Applications

You can apply for an undergraduate course online via The Universities and College Admission Service (UCAS).

Once you register with the UCAS Apply Service you can then begin your application. Keep in mind that you don’t have to complete the application in one go. You can save the application and return to it later.

To complete the application you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal details
  • Your choice of up to five universities (remember, there’s no preference in the order they appear and no one can see your other choices)
  • Educational background, including current and pending qualifications
  • Employment history and/or information about your current job
  • A personal statement (read more about the do’s and don’ts of writing your personal statement)
  • A personal reference

Once you submit your application you will get an email confirmation from UCAS and your application will automatically be forwarded to NUA.

It is at this stage that we check whether or not you meet our academic requirements. You are currently developing a complete list of academic requirements online so you can compare your qualifications. Don’t worry if you don’t see your qualifications listed. Most international applicants will submit academic qualifications unique to their home country. For this reason we use UK NARIC, a national database responsible for providing expert opinion on qualifications worldwide so that we can accurately assess if your qualifications are equivalent to our requirements.

Applying directly

In some circumstances it is possible to submit an undergraduate application directly to a member of the International Office. Typically this is done when NUA representatives attend education fairs and exhibitions abroad. If you would like to discuss this option or find out when an NUA representative will be visiting your country please contact the NUA International Office.

Applying for advanced entry

Students who have completed a course that may qualify them for advanced entry or are wishing to transfer universities will be expected to demonstrate the same creative competency and intellectual capacity of an NUA student in that year group. You are welcome to contact us about your interest in advanced entry prior to submitting a formal application but you should certainly be ready to discuss this decision in your interview.

Please be aware that we only consider applications for entry to Year Three in very exceptional cases. If you are not successful in applying for advanced entry you may still be offered a place on the course at a lower year of entry.

When to apply

non-EU students typically apply by mid-spring, with most applying by the end of January. However, non-EU students are welcome to make an application through the middle of August.

What happens after you apply

If you meet NUA’s academic requirements you will be invited to complete the next stages of the application process. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work and take part in an online or face to face interview.

When the process is complete the University will make a decision about your application and notify UCAS. Direct applicants will be notified via email or through the appropriate agent or academic counsellor.

If your application is rejected you have not been offered a place at the University.

If your application is successful you will receive either an unconditional or conditional offer. An unconditional offer is given to applicants who satisfy all of the necessary entry requirements. A conditional offer means that the University is happy to accept you if you meet certain conditions in the future. As an example, if you are finishing a foundation programme your offer may be conditional on your successful completion of that course.

Once you have had replies from all the universities you selected you must choose which university is your top choice, or ‘firm’ choice and which is your second choice or ‘insurance’ choice. You will decline all other offers.

If you were given an unconditional offer you must accept or decline your place at NUA and report your decision to UCAS.

When you successfully meet the conditions of your offer it becomes an unconditional offer, at which point you must either accept or decline your place at NUA and report your decision to UCAS. If you do not meet the conditions of your offer your application may be rejected.