Fine Art at Newcastle is especially well equipped to foster and support both theoretical and studio-based practice and research in Fine Art, Digital Cultures and Art History. The department is committed to supporting an artist’s individual practice, as well as actively seeking ways for artists and scholars to collaborate, both with other artists and art professionals, and more widely across what is a culturally and technologically rich university. Our aim is to enable scholars and artists to pursue knowledge and understanding through original research in a supportive and stimulating research environment.

We currently have around 25 members of staff and around 25 postgraduate research students. Members of the department undertake internationally recognised research and practice in their areas of expertise, in the form of academic papers, books, exhibitions, screenings and other events. 

We vigorously promote the development of a dynamic and cohesive research environment and support a rich diversity of practice-based and theoretical/historical research activity. As well as developing strengths in traditional Fine Art disciplines, research at Newcastle engages with innovative research in contemporary practice, including digital and time-based art, sound, collaborative practice, installation, and critical engagements with approaches to curating contemporary art.

Full-time research students are allocated excellent studio space in the School and have access to a wide range of well-resourced facilities, both in the School and beyond.

Having time to reflect upon my work in new ways, while engaging in conversation with colleagues across the University's disciplines, has been incredibly rewarding.

Alexia - Fine Art MPhil, PhD

Research Proposals

We are particularly interested in attracting research proposals from students who will benefit from the specific research expertise of individual members of staff within Fine Art. In addition, we also welcome proposals that would benefit from the extraordinary range of resources and interdisciplinary research opportunities that are available across the School of Arts and Cultures and the University as a whole. Research students can also benefit from the resources and training available through NICAP, and the expertise of Culture Lab, a multi-application multi-user digital media facility that supports interdisciplinary research in the interface of art and science.

For both the MPhil and the PhD, students may propose a research project that is practice-led or a research project that is solely text-based.

The MPhil is a research degree requiring a year of study full-time or two years part-time. The project/proposal for the MPhil can be practice-led or theoretical, and the submission can be a text (a thesis of not more than 40,000 words) or a combination (50/50) of studio practice and text.

A practice-led PhD would require three years of full-time study (or six years part-time) and the final submission would be a combination of an exhibition of creative work made over the period of study/research and a thesis. The thesis would typically be 30,000 words, which constitutes approximately 30% of the degree. A text-based PhD would require three years of study (or six years part-time) and the final submission would typically be a thesis of 80,000 words. PhD students should normally have completed a master’s level course prior to their PhD.