Fine Art at Newcastle University


The first of our annual student exhibitions - the 2014 BA Fine Art Degree Show ran from Saturday May 31st till Saturday June 14th. The website for the show is here:

Click here for a review of the exhibition in The Journal newspaper.

The second of our annual student exhibitions - the 2014 MFA Fine Art Degree Show will run from Saturday August 23rd till Saturday September 6th. The opening will be on Friday 22nd August, 6-8pm. All are welcome. The exhibition website is here:


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 Newcastle 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 2015 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.

Fine Art DepartmentHatton Gallery, Newcastle University

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 the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.Studio - painting

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:

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.Newcastle University - City Centre Campus