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 are currently ranked 1st in The Times 2019 University Guide of UK universities in which to study Fine Art, and are ranked second in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and the 2019 Complete University Guide.

We are housed in some of the best-resourced and spacious studios, workshops and gallery spaces in the UK and the cutting-edge practice and research undertaken by our staff results in a vibrant, creative and intellectual culture and provides the basis for our excellent teaching. 

Our annual Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Master of Fine Art degree shows are outstanding and 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 substantially 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 with its numerous galleries goes hand-in-hand with our distinguished history in innovative teaching.

We are committed to the full range of both traditional and emerging studio-based practices in Fine Art. Many of our staff have their studios in the Fine Art building, this gives you the opportunity to practice your work alongside leading artists.  

We have staff working across painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, performance, film, moving image and video, photography, sound, digital media, installation and socially-engaged practice. We encourage and expect students studying with us to question orthodoxies, cross boundaries, and make their mark in the contemporary art world.  In addition, our weekly Visiting Lecture Programme presents a range of visiting national and international artists, curators and art theorists.

Degree shows

Our Fine Art BA and Master of Fine Art degrees culminate in a degree show, 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 show is the culmination of the development and realisation of work in the final year of the degree and forms the major element of the assessment process for the BA or MFA degree.

Our students take responsibility for the design and production of the publicity material for the degree shows. This includes designing and producing catalogues, posters, invitations, press releases and web pages, as well as running an annual postcard auction.