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How to apply

UCAS Application

If you are interested in an undergraduate degree course, you need to apply through UCAS.

When you register with UCAS you will need include your previous and current qualifications information, personal statement, and reference. Your personal statement is your chance to stand out from the crowd.

You can apply via UCAS Extra until 4 July 2024

When making your choices you need both the institution code and the course code to apply.

Our institution code is N39.

We give equal consideration to all applications we receive by this deadline. If we have places available after this date, we may still be able to accept your application, but it will be dependent on there being spaces left on your chosen course(s). If any of our courses become full, we will update this on UCAS.

What happens after you apply

Once we receive your application form through UCAS, we will email confirmation that we have received it and will give you access and instructions for logging into the applicant portal.

For most courses, we will ask applicants to submit a portfolio, so that we can review your work and find out more about your creative potential. You can choose to attend a portfolio review on campus or online, or you can submit a digital portfolio. All the information for booking the reviews will be within the portal.

For our Acting course we will ask you to attend an audition which you will be able to book through the portal.

If the course you have applied for does not require a portfolio or an audition, we will assess your UCAS application and let you know our decision.

Our decision

In assessing an applicant’s potential the University considers an applicant’s ability to succeed on the chosen course.

Our decision will be communicated via UCAS. If successful, you will receive either a conditional or unconditional offer.

If your application is unsuccessful, the University will communicate the decision via UCAS. The University experiences high volumes of applications resulting in competition for places. Regrettably, this means that we are sometimes unable to make offers to or accept a number of well qualified applicants. Under these circumstances where a rejection is made because of capacity, we may make you an offer for an alternative course.

Keep an eye out for our communications

Over the course of your applicant journey we will ask you to upload documents to your applicant portal such as certificates or proof of identification.

We would always advise that you also regularly check your portal for these requests to avoid any delay in processing your application. We may send information or make requests via email. On occasion we may text you to remind you of an outstanding task or to inform you of an update.

Applicant events

Once you’ve applied, you will be invited to online and in person applicant events. These events are invite-only and give you an opportunity to meet prospective course teams, your future classmates, and take part in group activities.

Entry into other years

If you wish to join a course at Year Two or Three, you’ll need to demonstrate that you have achieved a level equivalent to students who have been studying with Norwich University of the Arts from Year One.

Applications should be made through UCAS. Please include in your application information relating to your level 2 and level 3 qualifications, as we ask that all applicants meet our respective level 4 requirements. As part of the application process, we may invite you to an interview.

Please see our Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy and Procedures document for more information.

Norwich University of the Arts Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy and Procedures (04/12/23) (202k)

We advise you to contact our admissions team at prior to submitting your application.

International applications

Looking for information on how to apply to Norwich University of the Arts as an international student? We have dedicated advice available on the process for international students.

Applicants with Disabilities or Specific Learning Difficulties

If you have a disability, learning difference, health or neurodiverse condition, we strongly encourage you to tell us on your application form. This will enable our Disability and Learning Support Service to contact you to begin to discuss any support requirements you may have. Wherever possible, we’ll arrange for you to visit the University to assess the learning environment first-hand.

Please contact our Student Support team for advice on 01603 575351 or email

Contact information 

Stay on top of your application by making note of these key dates and deadlines.

For further information and guidance about the UCAS online application process, visit or telephone 03714 680 468 or +443303 330 230 if you are outside the UK.

To speak to our team, please contact us by email:  or by telephone on 01603 886389.

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Admissions policies and procedures

We consider all applications in a fair, transparent and consistent way. As such we seek to widen access to, and participation in, higher education by raising awareness and aspirations of prospective applicants.

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Appeals and complaints

The University has procedures in place to allow applicants to make an appeal against a decision on their application or to make a complaint about procedures involved in the application process.

Please see the following documents for details

Norwich Applicant Regulations and Procedures 2023-24

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