Fine Art BA Hons

The Fine Art BA Hons programme at Newcastle University has been ranked 2nd in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020, and 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and 6th in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.  We are also in the top 150 Art and Design Institutions in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.

Over the four years of the course, you will develop an exciting body of studio practice. You will also 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. Throughout your four years, you will be taught by a team of leading practicing artists and art historians.

The course is a ‘Fine Art’ course, and we do not require students to state a specialism when they apply, nor do they have to focus on just one area while on the course. All students are allocated personal studio space during their studies.

Throughout the four years, there is an emphasis on one-to-one teaching, individual art making, research, inquiry, debate and discussion.

Our unique 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 exchange 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

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 knowledge gained contributes to your overall development as artists. The programme helps you to place your studio work into context and understand and negotiate the complex relationships between making art and the ways in which contemporary and historical art is understood, interpreted, displayed and discussed.

The range of teaching methods - lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, presentations, gallery and museum visits are designed to develop your ability to articulate your ideas both verbally and through text. The production of written work is an integral part of these studies and modules are assessed through the presentation of essays and the requirement to research and present a dissertation in your third year.

We admit 65 students per year 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. 

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

Rosa, Fine Art student

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Integrated with the studio practice and running progressively throughout the four years of the undergraduate BA Fine Art degree is a unique professional and career 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 – for example, exhibitions, placements, public art, collaborations, education and community projects, art therapy and residencies. 

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