School of Arts and Cultures

Why Newcastle?

Study Fine Art at Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne's diverse and lively arts scene goes hand in hand with our University’s long and distinguished history in the practice of Fine Art.

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Fine Art at Newcastle University ranks first in The Sunday Times 2018 University Guide. We are also in the top two UK universities for studying Fine Art, according to The Guardian University Guide 2018 (2nd) and the The Complete University Guide 2018 (1st).

We are housed in some of the best-resourced and spacious studios, workshops and gallery spaces in the UK. 

Innovative teaching

We have a committed and dynamic team of academic staff. All our excellent teachers, active researchers and artists are of an international standing. Our staff are very accessible and there is an excellent student-staff ratio.

Our weekly Visiting Lecture Programme presents a range of national and international artists, curators and art theorists.

Our innovative LifeArtWork programme gives aspiring artist the professional tools they need to work and thrive in the contemporary international art world. Our graduates go on to have careers in, and make significant contributions to, the arts arena, nationally and internationally.

Vibrant history

The first School of Art at Newcastle was established in 1838. We've maintained an excellent reputation as one of the UK's leading centres for art education.

Many distinguished artists have been associated with Newcastle, either as students or as teachers. These include:

The department has been a key player in the radical developments in art education in the UK. The department houses the Hatton Gallery. It has in its collection some of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century.

Studentship opportunities

We have an enviable success rate in gaining external UK Research Council awards. We've won five AHRC Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts in the past eight years.

We have 19 postgraduate studentships available from the AHRC, through the Block Grant scheme, during the next five years.

Student working in Fine Art Studio