Clearing and adjustment at Norwich University of the Arts

Call us to discuss your Clearing options – 01603 751485

You can call our Clearing number or email Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm before A-Level Results Day.

Clearing at NUA

If your results aren’t quite as you thought they would be, or if you haven’t applied before July, we’ve put together this guide to help you look at your options on an art, design, architecture or media course at NUA.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a UCAS process for students that haven’t applied to a course before July or got the grades they were hoping for. If you haven’t met your grades, don’t panic, you could apply through Clearing.

If you have met or exceeded your grades, you could apply through Adjustment.

How does Clearing work?

You may be able to apply through Clearing from Monday 6 July if:

You are applying for 2020 entry for the first time. You will go straight into Clearing when you set up a UCAS profile. 

You have not met your offer. You may still be accepted by your Firm or Insurance choice, but if not UCAS will enter you into Clearing automatically.

You have changed your mind about which University you want to go to. You can release your application into Clearing on your UCAS Track and make a new choice.

You already have your exam results but have not been made any offers by a university.

When can I apply via Clearing?

We are still accepting applications for many of our courses and you can apply through Clearing from July to September. 

How do I apply for a course at NUA?

Whether you’re getting in touch before or after A-Level Results Day on Thursday 13 August 2020, we’re always happy to discuss your options on a course at NUA.

Call us on +44 (0)1603 751485

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What happens when I contact NUA about Clearing?

Before Thursday 13 August 2020, you can get in touch with our Admissions Team who will be able to arrange for the Course Team to review your application and may invite you to an interview/audition (depending on the course), either in person or through Skype.

From 13 August, we have a dedicated Clearing team on hand to direct you to the most relevant person to speak with, so just make sure you are prepared for us to ask you a few questions about your application. If you are:

Calling about a current application, you will speak with our Admissions Team.

Looking to apply for one of our courses, you will speak with a member of our academic team to discuss your application in a short telephone interview/application.

Do I need a portfolio?

We review portfolios for all of our courses except for on our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Business and BA (Hons) Acting courses.

Whether you’re an artist, programmer, architect, designer, practitioner or marker, we want to see your work!

Start preparing an online portfolio with examples of your work ready to show us before you call us. You can submit this to us by emailing then we will be able to talk through your work with you.

Tips for preparing your portfolio

Before we talk to you on the phone, we need to see examples of your creative practice to make sure you are the right fit for your chosen course, so here are a few tips to perfect your portfolio.

Photograph your work in well-lit surroundings without any reflections and don’t be afraid to highlight pieces of your work to which you would like to draw attention to.
You could also scan pieces of your work if it is possible to do so.
After photographing, you should host the portfolio on an online platform such as Dropbox, Prezi, Vimeo, YouTube, a professional website or social media or blog.
Make sure you email it to us! Send us a link to your online portfolio or send an individual PDF as an attachment, rather in the main section of the email.
Unable to send a digital portfolio? Not to worry, we would be happy to receive a physical portfolio on campus. Find out how to locate NUA.
You can get tips for preparing your portfolio for an individual course on our course pages.  

After Results Day

If you want to speak to us about your options, we will ask you to submit a digital portfolio of your work to us (if needed on your chosen course).

Once we have received this, we may be in contact once again to arrange an interview, most likely on the phone or through Skype.

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