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When you apply to study at Norwich University of the Arts you’ll get to show us who you are as an individual, your ambition as a creative professional and your passion for your subject. We can’t wait to meet you.

Undergraduate degree courses

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.

In addition to three-year degrees, we will offer four year degrees across all courses from September 2020 (subject to validation). This is ideal for students who need to develop skills in their chosen specialism. It is also a useful platform for nurturing the criticality and collaborative skills that are essential to success on NUA’s degree courses.

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.

A guide to applying to an undergraduate course at NUA for international students

A copy of the step by step application guide for international students at Norwich University of the Arts

Postgraduate degree courses

British universities offer one and two-year degree programmes at postgraduate level (also known as graduate-level study elsewhere in the world).

NUA offers one-year, full time MA courses for international students which run September to September each year. These intense, practice-based courses offer students an opportunity to advance their professional prospects. When students graduate, they earn a Masters of Arts.

Find out how to apply for a postgraduate course.

A guide to applying to a postgraduate course at NUA for international students

Academic entry requirements

You can check the academic entry requirements from your country by visiting the 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 any relevant documents.

We have summarised some of the typical international qualifications for Year 1 undergraduate study below:

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
Advanced Placement (AP) exam score 4 or higher on three exams (including Group B arts subjects)
ACT Composite score of 24 or higher
SAT 480 or higher in each component

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, summarised below:

English Language qualification Required grade
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) a score of ISE II (B2) or above
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 51 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

If you are uncertain if we can accept your English Language qualification you can contact the International Office to discuss your case.

Tips for your undergraduate interview at NUA

Get tips from our students and staff on what to expect at your interview at Norwich University of the Arts.

English language 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 – or its equivalent. 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.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at the beginning of September for the following year of entry.

Non-EU candidates are encouraged to apply by April, to ensure they can meet the University’s scholarship and accommodation deadlines, which are normally set in early summer. However, NUA does accept applications from non-EU students until mid-August.

Submitting your application

The application process for international students happens in three main stages: application, portfolio and interview.

First, you will submit a written application, which includes your personal details, academic achievements, a formal statement and a reference.

You can find out portfolio information on each course page.

Undergraduate applicants typically submit their applications via The Universities and College Admission Service (UCAS).

In some cases, undergraduate candidates can submit direct applications. Masters candidates should submit their application direct to NUA.

Portfolio and interview

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 skill and ability to generate ideas.

Applicants are asked to provide a portfolio in order to demonstrate their suitability for the level of study and chosen course.

After submitting your portfolio, you’ll take part in an online interview, although candidates who are in the UK or who travel to the UK can schedule face to face interviews.

The interview is an opportunity to ask questions about NUA and the course, to talk about your creative practice and the work in the portfolio, and to explain why you’d like to join the course you’ve selected.

You will know the outcome of your interview within 5 business days.

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.

After you apply

If you select NUA as your firm choice, you will progress to the next stage of the process, even if you hold a conditional offer.

You will be able to apply for accommodation and scholarships, plus useful pre-departure details.  

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