Fine Art

We are consistently ranked in the top five UK universities for Fine Art: The Times Good University Guide 2014, The Sunday Times 2014 University Guide, The Guardian University Guide 2014 and The Complete University Guide 2014.

Newcastle is one of the best cities in the UK in which to study contemporary visual art. Its diverse and lively arts scene goes hand in hand with the University’s long and distinguished history in the research, practice and teaching of fine art.

Whether your practice involves painting, sculpture, technology/digital media, drawing, performance, photography, printmaking, installation or video art, we offer the facilities and expertise to ensure that you can pursue professionalism and excellence in your work

Our staff have international profiles, earned through excellence in practice and in academic exploration of practice. Many have their studios on campus, giving you the opportunity to work alongside a range of leading artists.


• Some of the best-resourced and most spacious studio, workshop and gallery facilities in Britain.
• 24-hour access to excellent purpose-built studio spaces
• Full-time technicians support our sculpture, printmaking and IT 
• Opportunity to pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary projects, and to use our specialist research facilities, such as Culture Lab.

Your Study Experience

• You will be taught by internationally recognised artists and researchers, all of whom are creating leading-edge exhibitions, installations, videos, films and publications.
• The weekly Visiting Artist programme  enables you to meet and engage with a range of national and international artists, curators and art theorists
• You will be working in the centre of what is a large, culturally and technologically rich University, in the centre of an exciting and vibrant city.

Taught MFA

• The MFA, is a two-year, studio-based professional programme.
• Non-media-specific curriculum, enabling you to develop your individual practice and establish your position as a practitioner in the contemporary art world.
• Culminates in a dissertation and substantial public exhibition of your work

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

MPhil/PhD Study

• The MPhil/PhD  can be practice-led or theoretical
• Carry out in-depth research around your own practice, or in a particular area of art history or theory
• Final submission for the degree can be a research-based thesis, or a combination of studio practice and thesis.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

• Your professional practice is supported by ‘LifeWorkArt’, a specialist professional training scheme for artists
• Opportunities for you to study abroad through our expanding programme of international exchanges.
• An extensive programme of seminars supports discussion around practice and provides training in research methods.

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