w150 - Fine Art BA

Fine Art BA Honours

UCAS Code: W150 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This is a practice-based course in contemporary visual art aimed at ambitious, motivated, imaginative individuals.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-BBB
IB: 32-35 points

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You 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.

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.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Oliver from United Kingdom

It prepares you for life after university, giving you skills which are invaluable. It just is one of the best, if not, in my opinion, the best department like it within the UK.

Oliver, Fine Art (BA Hons)
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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change 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). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

And you take one of the following modules:

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules may also be available.

Stage 3

Study Abroad (optional)

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.

Compulsory modules

You choose one module from the following list:

Optional modules

You can select an additional module, if required, from those listed below (if not already taken at Stage 2) to bring your total credits for the year to 120:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 3 and 4. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. 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. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Stage 4

Optional modules

You choose one module from the following list:

Depending on which module you choose above, you may also take modules from the following list to bring your total to 120 credits:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Fine Art careers

    A number of related careers are taken up by our graduates: running art galleries; as advisers to local councils; as visual arts officers for arts associations; and as teachers and arts specialists in the community. Our graduates have also gone on to pursue arts-related postgraduate study in areas such as design and digital media.

    Find out more about the career options for Fine Art from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

    Fees & Funding



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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    Making your application

    On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:

    Application decisions and enquiries

    Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.