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Postgraduate Study FAQs

Frequently asked questions.


When should I apply?

We accept applications from October onwards and recommend that you apply as early as possible. We endeavour to process your application through to interview within four weeks of receiving your application, so applying early will enable you to plan for the following year effectively. We recommend that the latest you apply is 28 August in the year you wish to start in order to allow time for your interview to take place and the paper work to be processed. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. For specific advice contact: international@nua.ac.uk.

What are the entry requirements?

You should normally have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or higher in a subject relevant to the MA you are applying for. Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline may be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work. Relevant professional experience may also be considered. For more information contact postgrad@nua.ac.uk.

What is the application process?

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form. Find more about submitting an MA application form.

If we believe your application meets our entry requirements, or has the potential to do so, we will contact you within two weeks of receiving your application to schedule an interview. If you are not based in the UK this interview can be arranged via Skype (you will need to set up a Skype address). At your interview you will need to bring a portfolio of work. Or if you have a Skype interview you will be asked to submit work via email/post (in advance of the date given for interview). Find out more about portfolio advice.

If your undergraduate degree is in a different discipline to the one you wish to study, and/or you wish your professional experience to be considered, we will usually request a digital portfolio before inviting you for interview.

We will let you know if you have been successful in achieving a place within one week of your interview.

Can I arrange to visit the University/talk to someone?

The best time to visit the University if you are considering applying is during one of the scheduled Open Days, where you can meet the MA leader and course tutors. You will also get a chance to look around the campus with current students acting as tour guides. To book on to an Open Day visit Open Days. If you are not able to attend an Open Day we can usually arrange for a campus tour at another time. To request a tour email: studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk.


What are the MA tuition fees?

Find out about fees for full-time and part-time MA study. Tuition fees can be paid in one sum or in three instalments.

Is there any funding available?

Full time Postgraduate students starting a Masters course from September 2016 will now be able to apply for a government loan of up to £10,000 towards course fees or living costs. Some part time students will also be eligible. Find out more about Postgraduate loans.

More information is also available on the Prospects website. International students visit Prospects if you are looking to fund an MA in the UK.

For further information email our Student Recruitment Team.


What are the time commitments of studying for an MA?

An MA is an intensive period of study. The core MA teaching day at NUA is Thursday and Friday for full time students and you will be expected to be on campus on those days. Part time students will mainly be taught on a Thursday. Sometimes, technical workshops, visiting industry professionals, creative enterprise workshops and tutorials are also scheduled on Fridays.

In addition to participating in lectures/seminars/tutorials you should expect to spend approximately 40 hours a week on your MA practice (full-time study) or 20 hours a week (part-time study). Your MA will consist of individual studio practice, group sessions, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and lectures. Many students have a part-time job whilst completing their MA, so it is important to organise your working pattern to allow for attendance on the days listed above.

Will I be assigned a personal tutor?

For each unit of study, there is a Unit leader who will act as a point of contact and continuity during your study in that unit. The Unit leader will advise you on academic matters and in particular help you to choose an appropriate route for your studies. All MA students are also able to discuss any matters relating to their studies, through appointment with the MA Leader.

How will I be assessed?

Your academic tutors will provide formative feedback on the progress of your work before you reach the assessment point at the end of each unit. This happens in a number of ways, either via tutorial, seminar, peer review or critique. Summative assessment is the process of evaluating or grading your work at a given point in time. You will be given feedback in a written report at the end of each unit with the opportunity to meet with your tutor for further discussion.

How much written work will be required?

Whilst MAs at NUA are predominately practice-based, most units contain a written element ranging from 1,500 – 2,500 words. The Research into Practice unit requires a 2,000 word research report that demonstrates your understanding of practice based research methods. The Self-Negotiated unit requires a 1,500 word Critical evaluation, and the Masters Project requires a 2,500 Critical and Reflective evaluation. You will be expected to maintain a Reflective Journal throughout your studies.


How will I be supported in using University resources?

Inductions to University resources are organised as part of the orientation for new students. During the course, inductions and training for workshops, equipment and software that is identified as appropriate to your study. Once inductions have been completed, access to University workshops is negotiated through the Workshop Manager and Head of Taught Postgraduate Awards.


What assistance is available in finding accommodation?

MA students can contact our Accommodation Office if they need support in finding housing. The Accommodation Office can provide details of private housing and rooms available for rent. NUA does not have any University owned accommodation available for postgraduate students. However there is plenty of affordable, good quality student housing in Norwich close to the University – so finding something suitable is straightforward. For more information contact accommodation@nua.ac.uk.

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