Fine Art at Newcastle University

NEWS - June 2016

Two Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships in Fine Art.

Closing date: 5pm, June 28th, 2016

Newcastle University and its School of Arts and Cultures is continuing its investment in postgraduate research in Fine Art with the announcement of a number of studentships for PhD projects in Fine Art. The studentships will only be available on a full-time basis and are open to UK, EU and International students.  Each studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016 - 17 Research Council UK rate). Further details available here.

The BA Fine Art Degree Show will be taking place from June 4th to June 18th. The Private View is from 6-9pm on Friday 3rd June. Everyone is welcome.

For the first time ever, we will not be using the Hatton Gallery - it is being refurbished. We are very excited to announce that we will be using the Great North Museum: Hancock for part of the show, as well as the studios in the Fine Art building, as we normally do.


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 in which to study Fine Art: The Sunday Times 2016 University Guide, The Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Complete University Guide 2017.


Studying Fine Art at Newcastle

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.

Fine Art DepartmentHatton Gallery, Newcastle University

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.

Visit this page for a virtual tour of the campus and the Hatton Gallery.