Applying to an overseas institution may seem quite overwhelming, but we have a dedicated International Office who will help you through the process. We have also provided step-by-step guides and more information on entry requirements below.
Undergraduate degree courses
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Join us for a virtual drop-in session to learn more about submitting your application to NUA. We will explain the admissions process and entry requirements and answer any questions you may have. This session is designed for undergraduate students only.
When to apply
The UCAS application deadline is 15 January of the year that you are applying for. International students can make applications after this date but we encourage applicants to apply by March, to ensure they can meet the University’s scholarship and accommodation deadlines.
How to apply
Undergraduate applicants typically submit their applications via The Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS).
The UCAS application will include your personal details, academic achievements, a formal statement and one academic reference.
After submitting your application, you’ll be asked to send a digital portfolio of creative work*. Your portfolio should demonstrate your passion for the subject area, technical skills and ability to generate ideas.
Due to Government guidelines regarding Covid-19, this year we are not interviewing new applicants, with the exception of BA (Hons) Acting applicants. Instead we will be asking applicants to answer four written questions which will help us get to know you. You will receive information about this once we have received your application.
*A portfolio is not required for BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Business or BA (Hons) Acting.
Academic entry requirements
You can find country-specific entry requirements by visiting Your Country pages. If your country or qualifications are not listed, please contact the International Office with a brief description of your academic history and send us any relevant documents.
We have summarised some of the typical international qualifications for Year 1 undergraduate study below. Please contact the International Office for Year 0 entry requirements:
|Typical international qualifications||Entry Requirements|
|A / AS Levels – GCE||3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||A minimum of 27 points|
|IBCP||A minimum of 2 DP courses with a score of 4 or above and completion of careers-related study|
|UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design||Merit|
|Foundation Diploma in Art & Design||Merit|
If you hold a diploma, or have undertaken university-level study, you may be eligible for advanced entry into Year Two. This will depend on your academic qualification and your portfolio of creative work. You must indicate on your application that you are applying for advanced entry and provide certificates attesting to your previous study.
Candidates receive either an unconditional offer or a conditional offer. Learn more about the different types of offers in the section What your offer means below. If you applied via UCAS you will make your decision on UCAS Track. If you have applied directly you will email the International Office to notify us of your decision.
Once you have accepted your offer you will be eligible to apply for scholarships and housing. We will also send you visa guidance and more information to help you prepare to move to the UK.
A guide to applying to an undergraduate course at NUA for international students
Postgraduate degree courses
When to apply
NUA offers one-year, full time MA courses for international students which run September to September each year.
We recommend that applicants apply by May of the year they are applying for. This allows time for you to apply for our international scholarships. You will also be able to prepare for your visa application and finding housing in Norwich. We will accept applications up until the end of August in exceptional circumstances.
How to apply
Applicants can download an application form below. Send the completed application form along with a digital portfolio of creative work, any completed academic or English qualifications, a formal statement and one academic reference to the International Office.
Academic entry requirements
BA (Hons) 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.
Candidates receive either an unconditional offer or a conditional offer. Learn more about the different types of offers in the section What your offer means below. You should email the International Office to notify us of your decision to accept of decline the offer.
Once you have accepted the offer you will be eligible to apply for scholarships and housing. We will also send you visa guidance and more information to help you prepare to move to the UK.
A guide to applying to a postgraduate course at NUA for international students
English entry requirements
NUA is subject to all UKVI regulations and as part of our compliance responsibilities we ensure that all candidates satisfy all English language requirements.
We ask that candidates attain an overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each section of the IELTS exam. The test must be taken at an approved test centre. Results should be no more than two years old when the visa application is submitted. Learn more about taking an IELTS exam.
We also accept some alternative English qualifications listed in the English Language qualifications tab below. If you are uncertain if we can accept your English Language qualification you can contact the International Office to discuss your case.
English language qualifications
We ask that candidates attain an overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each section of the IELTS exam – or its equivalent. Alternative English Language qualifications are:
|English Language qualification||Required grade|
|Language Cert International ESOL (B2 Communicator)||a score of 33 or above in all 4 skills|
|Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE)||a score of ISE II (B2) or above|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic||with a score of 59 or above|
|GCSE English Language / IGCSE English as a Second Language||with a grade C or above|
|Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) / Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)||with a grade C or above|
|International Baccalaureate English Language syllabus A or B/English Literature||with a grade 4 or above|
|HKDSE English Language||with a grade 4 or above|
|Singapore Cambridge GCE O Level||with a grade C or above|
|Malaysia SPM 1119 English Language||with a grade C or above|
|Norway VVO English||with a grade 4 or above|
What your offer means
Candidates receive either an unconditional offer or a conditional offer.
An unconditional offer is made when an applicant has met all of NUA’s entry requirements (normally, these are students who have completed their studies when they apply).
Conditional offers are more common. They are given when applicants must meet certain conditions before the University can confirm their place.
The place is held for students with conditional offers to give them time to complete their studies or obtain the necessary language qualification.
If you apply to more than one institution through UCAS, you’ll be asked to choose which university you want to attend by a specific deadline.
When you choose a university you have to accept their offer. This is when you firm your offer.
The university that is your second choice – not your top preference – becomes your insurance choice. It’s important that you choose the right institution for your firm choice, as this can be difficult to change later.
If you have submitted a direct application, you will either accept or decline your offer by contacting the relevant admissions office. Let all institutions know your decision, even if you wish to decline their offer.
If you choose not to accept an offer, you should formally decline it on the UCAS website, while direct applicants should contact the University directly.
If you no longer want to pursue a place at NUA or have taken an offer from a university in another country, you must withdraw your application via UCAS or, in the case of direct applicants, notify the International Office directly.
International degree recognition
Our degrees are internationally recognised and can be used for applying for jobs or further education in your country.
In England, three-year undergraduate degree programmes are standard. When students complete their degree they earn a Bachelor of Arts with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours.
Our postgraduates degrees are one-year running from September to September (also known as graduate-level study elsewhere in the world). When students complete their degree they earn a Masters of Arts.
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