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Fine Art MFA

Establish or extend your position in the art world with this MFA degree. Newcastle University's distinguished artists and historians will nurture your practical, professional and intellectual skills.

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  • September 2024
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Newcastle University's Master of Fine Arts is a two-year full-time studio-based course. It's designed for fine art graduates and those with other backgrounds to progress their position as practitioners in the contemporary art world. It also offers a solid grounding for those hoping to progress to PhD degree study. We support practice and research in:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • digital media
  • drawing
  • performance
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • installation
  • film and video art
  • art writing

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What you'll learn

Based in our purpose-built studio spaces, you'll work with internationally celebrated practicing artists

The MFA creates a platform to help you push your practice forward. You'll do this through experimentation and by developing inventive, rigorous, and focused working methods. We provide a rich creative environment, along with time and space to develop.

We'll supoort your development as an artist through:

  • regular meetings with your studio supervisor
  • cross-disciplinary seminars
  • group studio discussions
  • lectures by distinguished visiting artists

Alongside your practice, you'll develop the skills needed to practice as an artist, such as:

  • research
  • writing
  • professional
  • intellectual
  • practical

You'll be part of a creative community, working to define your own artistic identity. You'll do this through self-reflection and a critical understanding of the context in which you're working.

You'll exhibit at the end of each year, and the course culminates in a final public degree exhibition. The exhibition is held throughout the Fine Art Building and in the Hatton Gallery.

Newcastle is a great place to study contemporary visual art with a vibrant arts scene. We encourage you to exhibit in the city and make connections for use beyond your degree.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Overseas opportunities

There are regular study trips abroad. We organise these optional trips at an additional cost. Recent trips have been to:

  • New York
  • the Venice Biennale
  • Berlin
  • Amsterdam

Our exchange scheme also gives you the chance to study in Europe or overseas at one of our partner institutions.

Your future


Our course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the creative arts. As well as becoming artists, our graduates gain employment and make significant contributions in the arts arena, in areas such as:

  • exhibition curation
  • art history
  • education
  • gallery or arts administrators

The MFA also offers a solid grounding for those hoping to progress to PhD degree study.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


School of Arts and Cultures

Based in the heart of Newcastle city centre, our Fine Art department is consistently rated in the top five of all UK art schools.

We're part of the School of Arts and Cultures, which is home to a wide variety of courses, including:

  • music
  • media and cultural studies
  • digital media
  • museum, gallery and heritage studies
  • film

At the School of Arts and Cultures, we're committed to the education of artists, along with the practice, exhibition, history and theory of art.

We offer interdisciplinary practice, research and engagement within centres such as:

We also provide well-resourced workshops (all with full technical support) and student studios. We offer:

  • purpose-built painting, sculpture, printmaking and digital media studios
  • Wood, Metal, Casting, Digital, and Ceramics workshops

Our facilities also include:

  • designated gallery and project spaces
  • seminar rooms
  • large lecture theatre

All students have the use of the award-winning Peter Robinson Library and computer clusters around the University.

We're based in the same building as the Hatton Gallery. This is one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England. It accommodates both student shows and large touring exhibitions. The Hatton's permanent collection consists of works of art from five centuries and includes the Elterwater Merzbarn construction by Kurt Schwitters.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

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Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Ms Jane Millican
Degree Programme Director for the MFA
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3487


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