This unique four-year fine art degree focuses on developing your professional, practical and theoretical skills alongside your own exciting body of work. You'll graduate ready for a career in the field or progression to postgraduate study.
You will have space and time to experiment and develop your ambitious ideas in the studio, as well as forming a deeper understanding of art history and contemporary art through taught modules.
Throughout your degree, you can choose from more than 20 specialist workshops, such as ceramics, photography, 16mm film, oil painting, performance and experimental printmaking.
You'll become a confident fine art professional, with the skills and knowledge of what it takes to thrive in the contemporary art world through live projects, placement opportunities, exhibitions and your final-year degree show. Your degree show gives you the chance to display your work to hundreds of visitors.
Quality and ranking
We are ranked:
- 2nd in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020 (Art and Design category)
- 3rd in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020
- 6th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Art and Design category)
- Top 150 for Art and Design – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You will explore fundamental aspects of making art through projects in sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing and performance and video.
From Semester 2 you will initiate and develop your own projects, with guidance from your studio tutor and professional technicians. Art history modules introduce a variety of perspectives on the history of art.
You will also organise and publicise an exhibition as part of LifeWorkArt, and gain skills in curating, installing, marketing, fundraising and project planning.
|Studio Practice I||40|
|Studio Practice II||40|
|Art Histories I||20|
|Art Histories II||20|
Your teaching is focused around you and your practice, supporting a self-initiated programme of studio work, driven by making in the studios and workshops. Each semester you can choose from several complementary specialist workshops.
You’ll choose history of art modules, such as: Installation Art, Art in the Creative City and Gender and Contemporary Art.
|Studio Practice I||40|
|Studio Practice II||40|
|Art Since 1945||20|
|Gender and Contemporary Art||20|
|Fleshful Things: The Body and Visual Art||20|
|The Social Turn: Dematerialisation and Democratisation||20|
|Art in the Creative City||20|
With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules may also be available.
You will learn to develop and sustain self-directed studio practice, and how to direct and resource your practice appropriately.
You'll make informed decisions about working methods, materials and technical approaches, and carry out a LifeWorkArt external project.
You will write an art history dissertation with an option to take additional art history modules.
|Art History Dissertation||40|
You can select an additional module, if required, from those listed above (if not already taken at Stage 2) to bring your total credits for the year to 120.
You'll undertake a self-initiated programme of studio work, resulting in the production of work for presentation in the final Degree Show.
You can also choose to undertake additional modules, such as Art Writing, Curating and Career Development.
The annual LifeWorkArt conference offers practical workshops and gives you the opportunity to meet recent graduates, artists, curators and arts professionals.
|Studio Practice II||60|
|Studio Practice III||80|
|Studio Practice IV||100|
|Studio Practice V||120|
|LifeWorkArt External Project||20|
|Career Development for final year students||20|
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is focused around you and your practice, and is driven by making in the studios and workshops. You will develop an increasingly self-directed studio practice across the four years.
This will be supported and developed through regular one-to-one tutorials with your studio tutor, group crits, taught workshops and strands introducing you to new working methods.
You will also benefit from visiting artists, critics and curators who contribute to tutorials and workshops, alongside Newcastle University staff.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Skills and experience
You'll explore, experiment and expand your abilities through practical experiences, working in some of the best studios in the country.
You will have a dynamic programme of workshops, weekly lectures and seminars from artists, critics, curators, historians and art professionals to ensure you develop a broad perspective on art.
You will gain real-world experience of working in contemporary arts through the LifeWorkArt programme.
You will learn how to set up and run a broad range of individual and group projects such as placements, exhibitions, public art, residencies, community and education programmes, and art therapy.
There are regular study abroad trips, supporting both the art history and studio components of the degree. Recent trips include: New York, the Venice Biennale, Madrid, Florence and Berlin.
You will have opportunities to engage with staff on international projects, such as a recent summer residency in Uganda, and public art project in Bologna.
In the third year of your degree, you'll research and write your art history dissertation. This gives you an opportunity to further investigate and analyse a topic of your choice.
Past students have focused on individual artists, art groups and movements, and social and political issues in art.
You'll develop a greater awareness of the historical, theoretical and critical issues in the subject, while developing your own skills in independent research and critical investigation.
Chat to a student
I chose to study Fine Art at Newcastle university because it was a place where excellent teaching met a vibrant artistic culture. From the Art department to Newcastle city and surrounding areas there is an atmosphere of creativity and innovation.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You may choose to spend one semester of Stage 3 on an international exchange at a partner institution. In order to qualify, you must have attained an overall average grade of 55 or more at your stage 2 assessments.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Optional work placements take place between stages 3 and 4.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Facilities and environment
As a Fine Art student at Newcastle you'll be part of the School of Arts and Cultures and be based in the Fine Art Building in the University's historic Quadrangle, which includes the Hatton Gallery. Along with your own studio space, you'll have access to:
- purpose-built studios
- exhibition spaces
- printmaking, metalwork, woodwork and digital media workshops
- an art supplies shop
- a student-run cafe
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Graduates have gone on to work as artists and curators, and take up a variety of roles across the cultural and creative sector, such as:
- setting up and running art galleries
- establishing studio projects
- local council arts and cultural teams
- visual arts officers
- community arts specialists
- art therapists
- critics and writers
- art directors and technicians
- graphic designers
- set designers
Some graduates also opt to take arts-related postgraduate study in areas such as design and digital media.
The most recent survey of the destination of our Fine Art graduates six months after graduation shows half of them in professional work and a third in further study with the rest combining work and study or supporting their art practice with non-professional work.
Of those working in the cultural sector, 58% were in the North East through links they made while studying here.
Make a difference
Our professional development programme, LifeWorkArt is integrated during each year. This is run in collaboration with many regional and national arts organisations and galleries and prepares you for professional art practice through projects such as:
- organising exhibitions
- attending field trips
- undertaking a gallery placement
- preparing a public art project
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
- download our admissions policy
- find out more about unconditional offers
- other policies related to admissions
Fine Art portfolio submission and interview
A very important part of our selection process for the Fine Art degree is our inspection of a portfolio of your work. Successful candidates at the portfolio stage will be asked to attend an interview. For overseas candidates, we can organise a Skype interview.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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