Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus Guidance

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update Friday 22 May, 10:00

Will the University campus re-open in September?

We are planning to re-open the NUA campus to students in September.

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

This may well mean extended campus opening hours and modified access arrangements. We will keep all our applicants and students updated when planning is complete.

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.

Online teaching resumed for three weeks following the Easter break.

Undergraduate students are due to hand-in their final submissions of the year on 22 and 29 May.

 During this time they can access support online from academic and workshop staff, along with dedicated support from the Library, Employability and Student Support service teams. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will teaching work in September?

We are planning for approved safe working procedures to be in place for the start of the new academic year, including appropriate measures to enable safe access to studios, workshops and social spaces for students.

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.

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

In addition, our e-book and other online learning resources have been significantly improved for students ahead of the new academic year.

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 under way.

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 610561


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