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Undergraduate Study in Fine Art: BA Fine Art (Hons)

We offer a unique four-year, practice-based undergraduate course in contemporary visual art.

Fine Art BA Honours

From our role as a key player in radical developments in art education in the 1950s to being named one of eight art schools that changed the world by the Royal Academy, Fine Art at Newcastle is exceptional. Our history of innovative art teaching continues with the joint professorship of Turner-prize nominated artists Jane and Louise Wilson, and more recently, the artist Rachel Maclean.

The BA Fine Art degree at Newcastle University is ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024, top 7 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022, and 3rd in the UK in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Our unique four-year Fine Art degree allows you the time and space to experiment in your studio, to fully develop ambitious creative ideas, and to deepen your knowledge of art history and contemporary art. There is an emphasis on one-to-one teaching, individual art-making, research, inquiry, debate, and discussion.

Newcastle is one of the best and most vibrant cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. Less than 3 hours by train from London, it has a thriving art scene with numerous artists studios and galleries.

Undergraduate Study in Fine Art

The facilities are amazing, enhanced by tutors and technicians who always seem ready to help.

Rosa, Fine Art student

All students who study fine art are allocated personal studio space during their studies. You will be taught in your studio by a range of practising artists working across painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, film and video, and installation.  Visit the profiles of our staff.

The Art History component of the course provides you with a grounding in the history and theory of art and an awareness of the relevance of these critical studies to the contemporary artist. The art history teaching helps you to place your studio work into context, and to understand and negotiate the complex relationship between making art and the way contemporary and historical art is understood, interpreted, displayed, and discussed. This is complemented by our series of Visiting Artists talks.

The range of teaching methods in Art History — lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, presentations, gallery and museum visits — are designed to develop your ability to articulate your ideas both verbally and through text. Art History modules are assessed through the presentation of short essays. In the third year you will research and present a dissertation on a subject related to your own particular interests.

We admit 65 students per year to study Fine Art, and we very much encourage local, national, and international applications. Our students are very diverse and come from a wide range of educational and other backgrounds.

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