Newcastle continues to be one of the best cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. Its diverse and lively arts scene goes hand in hand with the University’s long and distinguished history in the practice of 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. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we encourage applications from local as well as national and international students.
The first School of Art at Newcastle University was established in 1838 and it has consistently maintained an excellent reputation as one of the UK leading centres for art education. Many distinguished artists have been associated with Newcastle, either as students or as teachers, and include Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore, Sean Scully and Susan Hiller. The department also houses one of the most iconic artworks of the twentieth century - the Elterwater 'Merzbarn', the final work of Kurt Schwitters.
We have a long-standing commitment to the full range of both traditional and emerging studio-based practices, augmented by Art History and Critical Theory. We encourage and expect students to question orthodoxies and to cross boundaries. This vibrant creative and intellectual culture provides the basis for cutting-edge practice, research and scholarship for both staff and students.
At Newcastle you will be taught by some of the best researchers working nationally and internationally. Some of their work, and that of current PhD students can be seen here: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/fineart/ In the last national UK ‘Research Assessment Exercise’, 85% of our research was rated ‘internationally excellent’ or better, placing us in the top five of all British art schools for research in fine art. Many of our staff have their studios in the Fine Art Building, which means that you will have the opportunity to work alongside a range of leading artists.