About the School of Arts and Cultures

We are a multidisciplinary School offering teaching and research in the following areas:

About SACS


Welcome to the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University.

If you are looking for study opportunities, you will find information about all of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on these pages. There are profiles of our internationally renowned staff, as well as highlights of our latest and most exciting research and teaching initiatives. You can find information about the state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding resources that are available to all of our students.

Newcastle is consistently rated as one of Britain's most exciting and vibrant cities in which to live, work, and study.  It is surrounded by some of the UK's most spectacular countryside and within easy striking distance of the superb Northumbrian coastline. 

The University is constantly ranked highly in league tables. Newcastle was ranked as the seventh best university in the world and first in the UK's elite Russell Group in a survey of international student satisfaction. Within the University, the School of Arts and Cultures contributes strongly to these high rankings: in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise, we achieved truly outstanding results.  This means that our students are taught by internationally renowned researchers in their fields - in Art History; Digital Media; Fine Art; Gallery, Museum and Heritage studies, and Music.  You will find direct links to all of this activity on this website.

The School also excels at teaching, with a clear commitment to developing excellence across its undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. All of our students benefit from this, and also from our superb research culture.  A significant proportion of our students, particularly on taught postgraduate courses, are from overseas.

Based in this outstanding intellectual and creative environment, our activities provide a bridge between academic research and teaching and the wider world of culture, heritage and the arts.  Most of all, we commit to preparing our students for the world of work, with many of our graduates securing the best employment opportunities in their fields regionally, nationally and internationally.

I hope you find what you are looking for quickly and easily.  If you need to ask more, please do not hesitate to contact us on sacsweb@ncl.ac.uk and we will do everything we can to help you.

I look forward to welcoming you as a student in the years to come.

With best wishes

Professor Peter Stone, OBE
UNESCO Chair for Cultural Protection and Peace