School of Arts and Cultures



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

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Ambitious and imaginative

Our Fine Art BA Hons is a practice-based course in contemporary visual art and is aimed at ambitious, motivated and imaginative individuals.

You will develop and exhibit an exciting body of studio practice and acquire the professional, practical, intellectual and theoretical skills necessary to establish yourself as an artist, for a career in a related field, or for postgraduate study.  All students are allocated personal studio space throughout their studies. 

We admit 65 students per year and encourage local, national and international applicants. Our students are very diverse and come from a wide range of backgrounds. 

Our four-year programme allows you the time and space to experiment, to fully develop ambitious ideas, to deepen your knowledge of art history and contemporary art, and to undertake a period of study at one of our partner universities abroad. Career development is supported through our LifeWorkArt programme, with opportunities to exhibit your work and undertake live projects and placements that will help you gain the professional skills you need to thrive in the contemporary art world. You will be taught in your studio by artists working across painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, film and video, and installation. This mainly one-to-one teaching is supported by your studies in Art History and by our Visiting Artists programme.


Integrated with the studio practice and running progressively throughout the four years of the undergraduate BA Fine Art degree is a unique professional development programme – LifeWorkArt. Run in collaboration with many local and national arts organisations and galleries such as the Baltic, Vane Gallery, the NewBridge Project, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and Newcastle City Council, this programme gives students vital experience of a broad range of professional arts based practices and potential career paths. Skills are developed through live projects – eg exhibitions, placements, public art, collaborations, education and community projects, art therapy and residencies. Students regularly arrange exhibitions and events within the department and at external venues – in 2016 there were 46 student exhibitions outside the university. This begins in Stage 1 with a major external exhibition by all first years to coincide with the Late Shows in May. Students initiate projects and collaborate with external partners. Current collaborations include for example, placements with Newcastle City artists residency programme, residencies with the Welcome Trust Mitochondrial research project in the Medical School, art therapy workshops with the North East Trust for Aphasia and an exhibition exchange with students at Liverpool John Moores University.

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For more detailed course content and application instructions, visit the degree prospectus.