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Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) offers three year undergraduate BA and BSc courses and one year postgraduate MA courses in a range of creative subjects. There are also four year undergraduate degree courses available in select subjects. You can apply for undergraduate courses online via UCAS and in some cases the University will accept direct undergraduate applications.

For MA courses you can apply directly to NUA; please contact the International Office for all direct application forms. NUA will accept applications up to 5 weeks before the start of term. Courses commence in September only.

After completing the application, candidates from Japan must submit a digital portfolio of creative work and conduct an interview via Skype. Candidates are supplied step by step guidance throughout the process.

Find out more about applying to NUA as an international student.

Entry requirements

Japanese students are required to hold an English language qualification. BA and MA applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

Undergraduate academic requirements

Year 0 entry

We offer four year degrees in six disciplines: Fine Art, Film, Games, Graphics, Illustration* and Photography*. They have lower academic requirements to the typical three year degrees. If you would like to discuss the entry requirements for Year 0 entry contact the International Office to discuss in more detail.

Year 1 entry

Students applying from Japan need to complete the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School) plus one of the following:

Qualification Requirement
Diploma from a Specialised/Professional Training College Pass
Associate Degree (Diploma from Junior College / College of Technology) 3.0 GPA or above
British A Levels For BA courses – B, B, B: including art & design
For BSc courses – B, B, B: including a science/technical subject
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Merit
International Baccalaureate 32 points

Postgraduate academic requirements

  • BA or BSc Degree with a 2:1 or equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Contact the International Office to discuss your qualification.
  • Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School) with a minimum of 4 in relevant subjects.

2018 International Tuition Fees

Level UK tuition fee Currency conversion**
Four year degree £13,700 2,055,940 JPY
Undergraduate degree £13,700 2,055,940 JPY
Postgraduate degree £13,700 2,055,940 JPY
Research degree £15,000 2,234,140 JPY


Students can choose to live in NUA student accommodation or the private sector for their first year. NUA offers single bedrooms in its new dormitory, All Saints Green, and accommodation blocks elsewhere in the city. The all-inclusive cost of student accommodation is between £98 – £136 (13,817 – 19,175 JPY). There is abundant private housing available from £70 (9,869 JPY) per week.

As Norwich is a small city, students generally live close enough to campus to walk or cycle. There are good transportation links to the rest of the country, including London, and students are eligible for discounts on all national road and rail networks.

*Subject to validation

**Exchange rate correct at time of publishing according to oanda.com.

Contact our International Office

To find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, talk to Rhian, International Officer in the following ways:

Call +44 (0) 1603 756249
email international@nua.ac.uk
Tweet @NUAoverseas

NUA Representatives in Japan

  • BEO Ltd.
    +00 81 35367 3315
  • IAE Global Ltd
    +813 3568 4071
  • SI-UK Osaka
    +81 6 6147 5681 osaka@ukeducation.jp
  • SI-UK Tokyo
    +81 3 5272 9143

Parents Guides

We know that family has an important role to play in choosing a university. Our Parent Guides, available in multiple languages, are a way of introducing ourselves to these important stakeholders.