Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus Guidance

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update Wednesday 8 July, 10:00

Will the University campus re-open in September?

The NUA Campus will re-open to students in September for the start of the Autumn term.

We are reviewing all areas of the campus and modelling the way students will be able to access workshops, studios and social spaces while following government advice on working safely.

We are committed to making sure that students have the best possible experience while this guidance is in place.

What is NUA doing for current students?

  • The University campus closed due to the pandemic during the last week of the Spring term and teaching moved online from March 23.
  • Our Graduate Showcase, which celebrates the amazing work and achievements of our 2020 final year students, will launch online in July.
  • Our Careers and Employability team continue to deliver a programme of events and online support for students and graduates, now and over the summer months. They are available to help students and graduates prepare for what comes next in light of the uncertainties ahead of us. 
  • Graduation has been postponed until later in the year. We will provide more information when available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will teaching work in September?

Studying at NUA has always mirrored practice in the creative industries; preparing students for their future careers.

We are anticipating post-pandemic working practices and will prepare students to work in studios where remote collaboration is a key element in the way they work.

Quick and seamless switching between remote and studio working is now part of creative resilience.

Adopting best practices in learning and teaching, we offer a mix of online lectures, seminars and tutorials alongside physical access to the studios and workshops and related teaching on campus.

We teach students how to make the most of working with the technologies that now reflect standard industry working practices.

Our students will need to be able to engage with staff and each other in real time both remotely and on campus.

As a student you can expect to:

  • attend timetabled sessions on campus and online
  • have tutorials where you will talk one-to-one with a tutor about your work and your progress
  • have scheduled access to technical workshops and facilities appropriate for your discipline, supported by our highly skilled technician teams
  • attend lectures online, delivered by the NUA academic team or creative industry speakers from our national and international networks
  • meet in small groups, online or on campus, to discuss tasks, lectures and review each other’s work
  • engage in live interactive webinars (seminars), where you will be able to ask questions and get live answers
  • work on industry-focused projects throughout your course, so that you are prepared for work when you graduate
  • access a range of live and recorded study skills, employability, library and course-specific resources on our VLE so that you can catch up or revisit topics in the future
  • have opportunities to work in teams with other students, preparing you for what work is like when you graduate.

Our business and employability team will timetable lectures, webinars and small group sessions with you throughout your course.

Teaching content for our art, design, architecture and media courses will remain largely unchanged.

Critical thinking around practice is the core of the creative disciplines, balancing professional and personal development.

We will update all our students and applicants when planning is complete.

What’s happening about university fees?

Fees will be paid as normal.

Read details on payment deadlines:

If halls are unable to open, will I get a refund?

We are planning for halls to open in September as normal. 

If opening halls is delayed for any reason then we will adjust the rent due to reflect this. If we are unable to open the halls for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year, we will contact you and arrange to refund your deposit.  

You will need to make sure that you read your contract and any information provided by your landlord when securing your accommodation.


How will Covid-19 affect the 2020 admissions process?

Even though exams have been cancelled, our admissions process has not been affected by Covid-19.

The admissions process for most courses at NUA is based on application, interview/ audition and portfolio review. 

We have written to all of our offer holders explaining that, as they have been through our own admissions process and received an offer, they have no need to worry if they are unable to complete their exams. 

Is my place still secure for September?


What is the latest date to accept my offer?

We would advise you to accept your offer as soon as you have made up your mind so that you can start planning for your start in September. 

You can contact us directly – if you have any concerns.

Can I defer my offer due to Covid-19?

Yes, this is possible. Please contact for further information.

How will Freshers work? When can I buy my wristband?

NUA Students Union Freshers will happen but it may happen differently this year! Planning is already underway and you can keep in touch by checking out the SU Freshers page.

NUA has a great PALs (Peer Assisted Learning) programme, where 2nd year students support those who are new to the University and their course. They will be in touch with you over the summer and can answer any questions you might have.

The official Facebook Group – Norwich University of the Arts 2020-21 Freshers is also a way to connect to students before you start. 

International Admissions

What if my country is restricting travel and I am unable to attend in September?

We will start your teaching on-line and look forward to welcoming you to Norwich as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

What is happening about tuition fees? 

Tuition fees will be paid as normal.

Further details on payment deadlines can be found in our tuition fees payment policies on our website.

When can I apply for my visa?

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa we will start issuing Confirmation of Acceptances for Study (CAS) to all students who have an unconditional offer from June 2020. You should follow the advice on the UK Visa & Immigration website when you apply.

I am an EU student. If I defer my place until 2021 will I have to pay EU or overseas fees?

If you start your course in September 2020 you will be eligible for Home/EU fees of £9,250. 

Fees for 2021 are yet to be confirmed but it is unlikely that students from the EU will be able to access tuition fee loans through Student Finance England.

What happens to my international deposit if I can’t attend in September?

It will be refunded to you if are unable to start your course in autumn 2020 due to any circumstances relating to Covid-19.

Talk to us

The Student Support office is open all year round for appointments and to take telephone and email enquiries. We run a daytime and evening drop-in service during term-time, with dates and times advertised on our Intranet.

Call: +44 (0) 1603 977977


Address: Norwich University of the Arts
Francis House
3-7 Redwell Street