Applicant FAQs

Applicant FAQs

Can I come and visit NUA?

Yes. If you haven’t visited and are thinking of applying to NUA you can book a campus tour now. We will also hold an applicant day in April where you can come for a visit and meet students and academics from each course. Whilst not a visit to the campus, we do have an online Open Day on the 14th and 15th of January where you can hear from academics, support staff and chat with current students.

When do I apply?

You will need to apply by the main UCAS deadline which is 18:00 Wednesday 26 January 2022.

When is the latest I can apply?

After the main UCAS deadline on Wednesday 26 January 2022, we may still be able to accept your application, but it will be dependent on there still being spaces left on your chosen course(s). If any of our courses become full, we will update this on UCAS.

Do I have to apply through UCAS?

All applications need to be made through UCAS. In some cases, we are able to accept direct applications from international applicants, but you will need to get in touch with our International Team at to discuss.

I don’t meet the entry requirements — can I still apply?

Yes. NUA welcomes applicants from anyone with a passion for our subjects. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

I’ve applied for a completely different course at another university — can I send you a different personal statement?

Yes. We know that across your 5 UCAS choices you may be applying for a range of different courses, and it can be difficult to write one Personal Statement that fits with them all. If you want to provide an alternative personal statement which is more tailored to your NUA application, then you just need to email it to and we will be able to add it to your record for you.

Can I transfer into Year 2 or Year 3?

This is certainly something we’re happy to consider. You will need to apply through UCAS and follow the same application process as all our other applicants. If your application is successful, you will need to have achieved 120 credits at Level 1 of an Undergraduate degree for Year 2 entry or 240 credits at Level 2 of an Undergraduate degree for Year 3 entry.

Alternatively, we may be able to award you credit for relevant learning that you can demonstrate you have achieved through experience. For example, from unpaid or paid work, community activities, leisure pursuits and other informal learning experiences. We would recommend getting in touch with our Admissions Team at to discuss this before making an application.

We will only be able to consider applications for Year 2 or 3 of courses which we will have a cohort of Year 2 or 3 students for you to join. If the course is new, this might not be the case, but you will be able to see on UCAS the available Years of Entry for each course.

I’ve already made 5 UCAS choices elsewhere — can I still be considered for a place at NUA?

Yes. You can only make 5 choices on UCAS but we appreciate that you may change your mind or have found out about our courses after you’ve already made your choices. To be able to add NUA as another UCAS choice you will need to withdraw from your other choices and decline any offers that you’ve already had, but we know that this might not be what you want to do without knowing if you’ll be successful in your application to NUA. We will be happy to review your application outside of the normal systems so that you can know if we are interested in making you an offer before giving up your other choices. You will need to get in touch with our Admissions Team at to discuss this option and we will be able to let you know what we need from you.

Are you holding interviews or auditions?

For the 2022 application cycle, we will be holding both in-person and online auditions for the BA (Hons) Acting course. For all other courses, we will be assessing applications through our Applicant Portal and you will be asked to answer four questions which will help us get to know you and most courses will also ask you to submit a digital portfolio.

How do I submit my portfolio?

You will need to submit up to 5 links for your digital portfolio through the Applicant Portal.

When do I have to submit my portfolio?

We would like applicants to submit their portfolio by Monday 14 February 2022.

When will I find out if I have been offered a place?

If you are having an audition for BA (Hons) Acting, then we aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

For all other courses, if you submit your application through the Applicant Portal by Monday 14 February 2022, then we aim to get back to you by 31 March 2022, but the sooner you are able to submit, the sooner we will be able to get back to you.

I can’t log in to the Applicant Portal — what should I do?

If you are having trouble logging in to the Applicant Portal you can use the ‘Forgotten Your Password?’ option to reset your password. If you continue to have problems then get in touch with us at

Can I defer my place?

We review all deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to request a deferral then you will need to email with a brief reason as to why you would like to defer. We will take into consideration the reason why you would like to postpone starting the course, our plans for future entry requirements to the course and the availability of the course in a later year.

I’ve not met the conditions of my offer — will I be rejected?

Not necessarily. If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, we will review your application and take into consideration your personal statement, our initial assessment of your application and any other information that we have and we may still be able to give you a place at NUA. Every year we welcome new students on to our courses who haven’t quite met the conditions of their offer, but that we saw potential in.

When and how can I apply for accommodation?

Our accommodation applications will be open to all Firm undergraduate offer holders in Spring 2022 through the Applicant Portal. We will send an email to all applicants that have made us their Firm choice once our accommodation applications are open.

How much does the accommodation cost?

See the accommodation page for more information about the accommodation available for you and the costs.

Do you guarantee accommodation?

Accommodation is guaranteed to all new undergraduate students that have NUA as their firm choice with UCAS and apply for a room before our priority deadline, which will be advised when applications open. We will try to help applicants that apply after this date but can only guarantee accommodation to those that meet this deadline.

How many hours a week will I study?

All our undergraduate courses are fulltime, so on average you will be expected to study around 32 hours per week.

Will I be on-site every day?

Learning and teaching at NUA is a blend of on-campus practical sessions in our studios, workshops and labs, live-streamed digital sessions, and pre-recorded digital materials you can use on-demand. We emphasise learning and discovery through studio and workshop practice, critical reflection and experimentation with ideas, processes and materials. Our approach reflects the mix of in-person and digital interaction that has become the way that creative industries work — helping to prepare students for their future careers. Find more about Learning and Teaching at NUA.

When will I get my timetable?

You will be sent details about your Welcome Week schedule shortly before the start of the course, and your full timetable will be available once you have enrolled.

Are there any chats where I can meet other students who are also starting in September 2022?

Yes, we have a Freshers Facebook group which you can join once you have made NUA your Firm choice.

What materials will I need for my course?

The materials you may need will vary for each course and you will be sent more information shortly before the start of the course. We would recommend not buying anything until you have begun the course as you will then be eligible for Education pricing for art supplies, software and computers. NUA has its own art supplies shop where materials and tools are sold at cost price so they will generally be cheaper than any high street retailer.

What laptop/computer spec do I need?

Choosing a laptop comes down to your personal needs and requirements. Most students find a laptop more convenient than a desktop computer. The flexibility of a laptop enables you to study at home or on campus, and present work digitally during a tutorial or crit. It’s also important to consider your practice when buying a laptop as some creative applications require more powerful systems to run efficiently. An entry level laptop will be able to handle light creative work and basic use of Adobe applications, but more demanding tasks or working simultaneously across multiple applications may take longer to complete and feel sluggish. You may wish to wait until you are fully enrolled as a student on the course to purchase a new laptop/computer so you can take advantage of Education pricing and at that point you will have a better understanding of what would be right for you and your course.

What scholarships and bursaries do you offer?

Find out more about scholarships for UK students on the Scholarships and Awards page, or see the bursaries page for information about bursaries for UK students.

If you have any concerns over funding, please contact

Information for international students can be found on the International Students Fees, Finance, and Scholarships page.

Further Q&A’s for international students.

How much are the international fees and are these per year or for the whole course?

International fees for 2022/23 are £17,500.00 for our undergraduate courses and £18,000 for our postgraduate    courses. All fees quoted are per year.

What international scholarships do you offer?

We offer a number of different international scholarships — to find out more, see the full list of international scholarships. All scholarships are merit-based which means we will look at your application when making a decision. You need to hold an offer to study and register your interest to apply for a scholarship.

Do you help with my visa?

NUA acts as your visa sponsor, and we will send you detailed information to guide you through the visa application process. We issue you with your CAS letter which you can use to make your visa application. We also host webinars and information sessions about how to apply for your visa every year.

When will I receive a CAS?

Once you have accepted your offer to study with us you will gain access to our Applicant Portal where we will ask you to complete some enrolment tasks and pay your international deposit. We may also ask you to provide us with supporting documents such as school certificates or proof of funds. Once we have all the required information our Visa Team will issue you with your CAS which you can use to apply for your visa.

I’m an international student — when should I arrive?

We recommend arriving before the start of your course to give yourself plenty of time to settle into your accommodation and get your bearings in your new home. Every September the International office hosts a week of events to welcome new international students ahead of NUA’s official Welcome Week.  These are a great way to make friends and meet other students before starting your course. The International Office will advise you of these dates and the best time to plan your travel to the UK in advance.

Can I work while I study (international)?

If you are a Student Visa holder, you are entitled to work up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during the holidays. You will need to apply for a national insurance number and open a UK bank account to work and be paid legally. Our student support team can advise you about this and any work or finance-related questions once you start studying.


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