Newcastle University's Master of Fine Arts is a two-year full-time studio-based course. We've designed it for fine art graduates and for those with other backgrounds who wish to establish or extend 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:
- digital media
- video art
- art history
You'll be taught by a range of distinguished practising artists and historians in an exciting and well-equipped environment.
This MFA degree enables you to pursue professionalism and excellence in your practice. We encourage and support the practice and study of art through thoughtful and informed investigation, experimentation and speculation. You'll also develop your critical understanding of the discourses relevant to your work.
We provide a community for creative collaboration, exchange and discussion. You can sound out ideas and materialisations in a challenging, critical and nurturing environment. You'll direct your studies by setting goals and managing time and resources effectively. The MFA creates a platform to help you push your current practice forward through exploratory experimentation. We'll encourage you to work in an inventive, rigorous, focused, and confident way.
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What you'll learn
Modules in the first year include fine art training. This training investigates exhibition practice and the practical, professional and intellectual skills needed to practice as an artist. It also encourages you to:
- exhibit in the city
- make connections in the region
- set up contacts for use beyond the degree
You'll be expected to participate as an active, thoughtful and responsible member of a community. You'll aim to define your own professional identity through self-reflection and an understanding of the creative economy.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
This Master of Fine Art is a two-year full-time studio-based course. Approximately 80% of the course is self-directed studio work. A dissertation and professional practice training make up the remaining 20%. You'll be supported by a supervisor who regularly meets with you to discuss your work.
You'll have regular meetings with your tutor and can discuss your work with all fine art staff, so that you benefit from the full range of expertise available. The course is taught through:
- one-to-one studio tutorials
We encourage and support the practice and study of art through:
- lively debate
- thoughtful and informed investigation
We encourage you to have an understanding of cultural, social and political contexts, related to the art world and beyond. This is encouraged through exhibiting, seminars and peer group discussions.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
- excellent teachers
- active researchers
- artists of international standing
In addition, a wide range of national and international artists, curators and art theorists come to work with us through our weekly visiting lecture programme. Some of the most interesting and original artists, critics, curators, historians and art professionals working today present and discuss their projects.
There are regular study trips abroad, usually one each semester for four to seven days. We organise these optional trips at an additional cost. Recent trips have been to:
- New York
- the Venice Biennale
Our exchange scheme also gives you the chance to study in Europe or overseas at one of our partner institutions.
Our course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as an artist or in a related profession. Our graduates gain employment and make significant contributions in the national and international arts arena, in areas such as:
- art historians
- gallery or arts administrators
It 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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
School of Arts and Cultures
Our School is in the top five of all UK art schools. We're concerned with the education and training of artists, together with the associated discourses around the practice, exhibition, history and theory of art.
We're home to a wide variety of courses from music, media and cultural studies, digital media, and museum, gallery and heritage studies. We can offer you exciting possibilities for:
- interdisciplinary practice
Based in the heart of the city centre campus, Newcastle is a great place to study contemporary visual art. As well as the city's vibrant arts scene, there is the potential for interdisciplinary research and engagement with centres such as:
We provide well-resourced workshops and student studios. We offer:
- open-plan first year studios designed for project work
- purpose-built painting, sculpture, printmaking and digital media studios (all with full technical support)
You'll benefit from 24/7 access to the studios.
Our facilities also include:
- designated gallery 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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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- on-campus open days
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