This page has dedicated information for applicants from the United States of America.


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. 

A guide to UK universities for American students

There are some distinct differences between UK universities and US colleges, so we’ve put together a guide to help you.


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 applying

After completing the application, candidates from the U.S. must submit a digital portfolio of creative work. Candidates are supplied step by step guidance throughout the process.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate academic requirements

Year 0 entry

All undergraduate degrees at NUA will offer a Year 0 option from 2020 (subject to validation). With the exception of BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Business, which are scheduled for 2021.

The Year 0 option has 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

Qualification Requirement 
International Baccalaureate 27 points
Foundation Diploma in Art & DesignMerit
High School DiplomaMinimum final GPA of 3.0, as well as one or a combination of the following:
AP Exam score of 4 or higher on three exams
ACT composite score of 24 or higher
SAT 1100 or higher
A levelsFor BA courses – B, B, B
For BSc courses – B, B, B

NUA’s College Board code number is 7065. You should use this code number when sending score reports to the institution.

Postgraduate academic requirements

BA (Hons) or BSc Degree with a final GPA of 3 or higher (equivalent to a UK 2:1) in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Contact the International Office to discuss your qualification in more detail.

2021 international tuition fees

You can find the latest academic fees and international scholarships information on our Fees, Finance and Scholarships page.

NUA is recognised and approved by the US Federal Government. Learn more about applying for FedAid.

“Throughout the international application process the staff have been so responsive to every detail. We would like to thank the staff for all they have done for us. We are thrilled to have a student at NUA.”

Tina and Gerard Pearce, USA


Rosie Smith

"I came to NUA because I wanted to have an experience that was a little bit more hands-on and practical after so many years writing essays. That’s what I’ve got and it’s been great."

MA Curation

Jillian Fosten

"The best thing about studying here is that if you’re motivated and passionate, you have the opportunity to go as far as you want."

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

photo of alum Kaelin O Hare sitting on wooden bench in grassy park and holding sketchbook while smiling at camera with long brown hair and a knitted scarf and a medium length green coat

Kaelin O’Hare

"I have the freedom to explore and develop my practice, with the University’s resources, guidance from course staff, and a creative community to support me and to learn from."

BA (Hons) Illustration

Events in USA

We visit North America a few times a year to meet prospective students. Please check this page for future events.

US Federal Aid

United States citizens or permanent residents who have accepted a place at NUA can apply for funds through the U.S. Federal Student Loan Scheme.

NUA Accommodation

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 Beechcroft. The all-inclusive cost of student accommodation is between £99 – £176 ($130 – $231). There is abundant private housing available from £75 ($98) 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.

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Contact our International Office

We are pleased to work with you to discuss your questions at any stage of the application process.


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