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.
Fine Art at Newcastle University is ranked first in the The Sunday Times 2017 University Guide, and is consistently ranked in the top five UK universities in which to study Fine Art in all other tables: The Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
The first School of Art at Newcastle was established in 1838, and as part of Durham and then Newcastle University, 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, for example, Lawrence Gowing, Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore, Roy Ascott, Sean Scully and Susan Hiller. The department was a key player in the radical developments in art education that took place in the UK, and which led to the development of the course known as Basic Design.
The department also houses the Hatton Gallery, which has amongst its collection one of the most iconic artworks of the twentieth century - the Elterwater 'Merzbarn', the final work of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.
At Newcastle you will be taught by some of the best researchers and artists working nationally and internationally. 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. Some of their work, and that of current and past PhD students can be seen here.
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.