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5808F - Fine Art MFA

Fine Art MFA

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Start in: September 2022

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.


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:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • digital media
  • drawing
  • performance
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • installation
  • 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.

The course culminates in a final exhibition. You can view the most recent 2020 MFA Degree Show exhibition. This is usually held throughout the Fine Art Building and in the Hatton Gallery.


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, 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
  • 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 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:

  • curators
  • art historians
  • educators
  • 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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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:

  • collaboration
  • interdisciplinary practice
  • research

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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:

Miss Irene Brown
Degree Programme Director for the MFA
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3487


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

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