School of Arts and Cultures

About Fine Art

About Fine Art

Fine Art at Newcastle University is ranked first in The Sunday Times 2018 University Guide.

Art student preparing exhibition

Fine Art at Newcastle is home to some of the best researchers and artists working in the UK and across the globe.

Our vibrant, creative and intellectual culture provides the basis for our excellent teaching. It aids our cutting-edge practice, research and scholarship for both students and staff.

Encouraging students

We commit to the full range of both traditional and emerging studio-based practices. We encourage and expect students studying with us to:

  • question orthodoxies
  • cross boundaries
  • make their mark in the contemporary art world

Many of our staff have their studios in the Fine Art Building. This means you have the opportunity to work alongside leading artists.

Some of their work, and that of current and past PhD students, can be seen here.

Cultured city

We are in one of the best cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art.

Newcastle’s diverse, lively arts scene ties to our distinguished history in innovative teaching.


The first School of Art at Newcastle started in 1838. It was part of Durham and then Newcastle University.

It has maintained an excellent reputation as one of the UK's leading centres for art education.

Many distinguished artists came through Newcastle, either as students or as teachers, including:

The department was a key player in radical developments in art education in the 1950s.

This led to development of the course known as Basic Design and a revolution in art education in the UK.

Hatton Gallery

The department also houses the Hatton Gallery. This has one of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century - the lterwater 'Merzbarn'.

This was the final work of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.

Students work in exhibition space