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Applying for Postgraduate courses

In choosing NUA for your postgraduate study you join a community of creative practitioners guided and informed by expert academic tuition and visiting specialists from the creative industries.

The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.

Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.

The majority of applicants to courses at NUA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUA’s staff, campus and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is on your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.

Application Deadline

There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. For specific advice contact: international@nua.ac.uk.

Application steps

  • Your application includes a 500 word statement but where possible you should also show your understanding of contemporary issues relating to your area of study through written work (reports, dissertation, exhibition reviews, blogs etc).
  • Detach the Reference Form and forward to your chosen referee with a request to complete and return to NUA at the address indicated.
  • Email the completed form to: admissions@nua.ac.uk or post to Admissions, Norwich University of the Arts, Francis House, 3 – 7 Redwell St, Norwich, NR2 4SN
  • We will endeavour to contact you within two weeks of receiving your application and reference from your nominated referee. If your application is acceptable we will arrange a date for interview.

Postgraduate Applications

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.

Interview Process

If you are invited to interview, we will ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work with you. You will be interviewed by one or more member of the MA course team who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study. You will be given an opportunity to ask the course team questions. The interview normally lasts around thirty minutes and we will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.

MA Portfolio Presentation

For application to our Masters Degrees Your portfolio should show not only previous and present work, but should also show where you want the MA to take you in the future.

Your portfolio is an important part of the selection process for MA study. In an interview or open day, we will discuss your work with you and also your future ambitions. We realise that for some people, an MA application represents a change in direction and some work may only be in a developmental stage. Depending on when you apply, we are aware that for those in the final year of undergraduate study completed Major Projects may not be finished, or are unavailable, in which case do bring along any representative images of work in progress.

You can choose to bring work with you, but a digital portfolio is also acceptable. These can be submitted on a USB drive, social media platform or through website platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo, Prezi, Behance, Dropbox, personal websites or blogs.

You should aim to bring about 6 pieces of work that demonstrate your learning, progress and creative aptitude.

Please bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • Your portfolio should be presented in a logical and ordered manner
  • It is important to include a range of creative work that demonstrates your suitability for the MA course you have applied for and you must be prepared to discuss your work with the interviewer.
  • The interview panel will be equally interested in seeing sketchbooks and notebooks as well as finished work
  • Physical examples of practice (printed matter, objects, painting, sculpture etc.) are acceptable at interview, but larger pieces of work should be shown as photographs, or evidenced through documentation
  • Film, video and animation work should be no more than 2-5 minutes long
  • You may decide to present your portfolio digitally but please notify us in advance of your interview
  • Your application includes a 500 written statement, but where possible you might wish to include other examples of your written work. This might include an undergraduate essay, research report, or be drawn from other professional contexts
  • Include any links to relevant websites or blogs that contain your work
  • International applicants attending interview by Skype, should submit a digital portfolio (on disc) in advance, and /or supply relevant web links, to digital portfolios or online blogs that showcase practice.

Applicants with Disabilities or Specific Learning Difficulties

NUA welcomes applications from all groups in the community including those with disabilities or specific learning difficulties. You are advised to contact the appropriate Course Leader (contact details available on the appropriate course pages) to discuss your situation before submitting a formal application.

The University encourages applicants to disclose information about a disability as early and as fully as possible as this allows us to put in place appropriate support. Failure to disclose a disability, or to give full information, may lead to a delay in the provision of that support. NUA is housed in a range of buildings that date from the medieval period onwards. While students with a variety of disabilities and specific learning difficulties have successfully studied at the University, the inaccessibility of some of our buildings may cause difficulties for wheelchair users, or those with mobility difficulties. Wherever possible we will make arrangements for you to visit the University in order that you may assess the learning environment at first hand. The University is fully committed to continuing its policy of improving and extending access where practicable and to increasing awareness of the requirements of people with disabilities and special needs.

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.


Research Degrees

NUA research students are important members of our Research and Consultancy Network and work with academic staff who are internationally renowned for their research and creative practice. For more information go to the Research section.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Arts, Design, Architecture and Media

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Student facing staff in HE capacity preferably teaching or supporting students in one of the following subject areas; Art, Design, Architecture or Media

For further information, contact admissions@nua.ac.uk.

Appeals and Complaints

The University has in place procedures to allow applicants to make an appeal against a decision on their application, or to make a complaint about procedures involved in the applications process. Please see the following documents for details:

For further information, contact registry@nua.ac.uk.

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