Clearing and adjustment at Norwich University of the Arts

Some places are available for September 2021 and you can apply now.

NUA Clearing hotline phone number: 

+44 (0)1603 751485

International Students

There are also limited number of places for International students on some of our courses, please contact for further information.

Clearing Campus Tour 2021

Friday 13 August | 10.00am to 12.00pm

Want to find out more about our creative studios, workshops and facilities?

Join us for our Clearing Campus tour event on Friday 13 August for your chance to see what our creative campus is all about.

What to expect during the day:

09:45amRegistration opens
10:00amIntro to NUA
10:15amIntro to Student Support
10:30amCampus tours
11:30amChat to Student Recruitment and Student Support
12:00pmEvent finish

To book your place, contact us at

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 5 July if:

  • You apply through UCAS after 30 June. 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 but you can apply through Clearing from July to September. 

How do I apply for a course at NUA?

Whether you’re calling before or after A-Level Results Day on Tuesday 10 August 2021, we’re always happy to discuss your options on a course at NUA.

Call us on +44 (0)1603 751485. 

Email us on

What happens when I call NUA about Clearing?

Before Tuesday 10 August 2021, get in touch with our Admissions Team who will be able to arrange for the Course Team to review your application.

From Tuesday 10 August 2021, 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. 

Do I need a portfolio or monologues prepared?

We review portfolios and monologues for all of our courses except BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion and BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Marketing. Whether you’re an artist, actor, programmer, architect, designer, practitioner or maker, we want to see your work! 

Start preparing an online portfolio with examples of your work or record yourself performing two monologues 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 you work in well-lit surroundings without any reflections and don’t be afraid to highlight pieces of your work you would like to highlight.

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.

If you are preparing monologues for BA (Hons) Acting we ask that you prepare two monologues, a comic and a more serious one. Each monologue should be between 2 and 4 minutes long.

You can get tips for preparing your portfolio or monologues 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. Once we have received this, we be able to arrange for the Course Team to review your application.

Speak to our Admissions Team

Get advice on Clearing and Adjustment at Norwich University of the Arts.