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Applying for the BA in Fine Art

Discover everything you need to know about applying for our Fine Art BA course.

As soon as we receive your application for the BA Fine Art from UCAS we will email you requesting you send us a portfolio. Each year we ask that portfolios are sent to us in January. We do accept portfolios after January, but it may take us a little longer to get back to you.

See below for advice on putting together and sending us your portfolio. You can also contact us for help and advice at fineartadmissions@ncl.ac.uk.

After looking at your portfolio, we will decide whether to invite you for an interview either online or in person. Invitations will be sent by email. See below for advice and information on interviews.

If you don’t receive a portfolio request email soon after applying, please check your junk/spam/promotions folder to make sure it hasn’t ended up there. If not, contact us straight away by emailing fineartadmissions@ncl.ac.uk

Writing your personal statement

Our top tips for writing your Fine Art BA personal statement:

  1. Connect your statement to your portfolio
  2. Use simple and clear language
  3. Make a list of the points you want to make, then expand on them
  4. Don’t worry about word length at first

What happens next

Once we receive your application, we will email you to ask you to upload a digital portfolio to the Apply to Newcastle portal. This, along with your application, is how we decide if we wish to invite you to an interview. Our inspection of your work is a very important part of the selection process.

We will start looking at portfolios from 9 January 2023. You should aim to submit your portfolio as soon as possible from then and ideally before 31 January 2023.

Find out more about this in the Submitting your portfolio section below.

We aim to let you know if we wish to interview you within four weeks of receiving your portfolio.

If you are successful at the portfolio stage, we will invite you for interview. You can choose to have either an in person or an online interview. If it is an in person interview you will need to bring a physical portfolio with you.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you via UCAS.

Your portfolio

The portfolio should include coursework of any format, but also – very importantly – work you have initiated yourself.

We are looking for work that demonstrates:

  • creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and excitement about making art
  • ability to study through looking – e.g. drawings or paintings made from observation
  • sustained development and exploration of ideas or themes using different approaches and media

Interviews

If you are successful at the portfolio stage we will email to invite you to interview. You can choose to have either an in person or an online interview. If it is an in person interview you will need to bring a physical portfolio with you. Interviews in the Art School include a tour of the department. These are usually held in the Art School and include a tour of the department, but they may be online.

You will be able to choose your interview slot from a range of dates and times. The majority of interviews take place by the end of March, but we do add additional later interviews, if necessary. If for any reason you’re not able to make any of the dates offered, please email us so we can make alternative arrangements.

You can send us additional work made after you first sent us your portfolio. You can upload email us an additional PDF of images or an updated PDF of your portfolio to the Apply to Newcastle Portal, or you can send us an updated PDF of your portfolio.

If you have been inspired by recent visits to galleries or exhibitions you may wish to include material that will prompt discussion.