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Study Fine Art With Us

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

Fine Art at Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a great place to study Fine Art and is home to some of the most interesting artists and researchers working in the UK.

We offer some of the best-resourced and spacious studios, workshops and gallery spaces in the UK. Our cutting-edge practice and research results in a vibrant, creative and intellectual culture. This provides the basis for our excellent teaching. This is complemented by our series of weekly Visiting Artists talks which presents a range of visiting artists, curators, art theorists and other speakers.

Our annual BA in Fine Art and Master of Fine Art degree shows are outstanding. The range and quality of the work on show each year demonstrates the commitment and passion of our fine art students.

We also support around 25 PhD students who add to the vibrancy of the department.

Encouraging your creativity

We are in the centre of one of the best cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. Newcastle’s diverse, lively arts scene complements our distinguished history in innovative teaching. Many of our staff have their studios in the Fine Art building. This gives you the opportunity to practise your work alongside leading artists.

We have staff working across a wide range of traditional and emerging studio-based practices in Fine Art, which includes:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • photography
  • drawing
  • performance
  • film, moving image and video
  • installation
  • printmaking

Our staff also offer specialisms in sound, digital media, and socially-engaged practices.

We encourage and expect students studying with us to question orthodoxies, cross boundaries, and make their mark in the contemporary art world. 

Degree shows

Our Fine Art BA and Fine Art MFA degrees culminate in degree shows, which are held during the summer. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate exhibitions are highly regarded and are two of the most popular events in Newcastle's exhibitions calendar.

The ambitious goal of all our students is to present themselves as professional artists and to test their ideas in the public arena. The degree shows are the culmination of the development and realisation of work in the final year of the degrees and form the major element of the assessment process for the BA or MFA degree.