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Fine Art BA Honours

  • UCAS code: W150
  • Full time
  • 4 years

Our Fine Art degree is a practice-based course in contemporary visual art for ambitious, motivated and imaginative artists.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB-BBB
  • IB: 30-34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

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. 

Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions  
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2023-24.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

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. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.

You will explore fundamental aspects of making art through projects in sculpture, printmaking, painting, performance and video. This is complemented by history of art modules that introduce a variety of perspectives on art history.

From Semester 2 you will initiate and develop your own projects, with guidance from your studio tutor and professional technicians.

You will also organise and publicise an exhibition as part of LifeWorkArt, and gain skills in curating, installing, marketing, fundraising and project planning.


Compulsory Modules Credits
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 in various media, and LifeWorkArt.

You’ll choose history of art modules, such as: Art and Protest, Art in the Creative City and Contemporary Art and Globalisation.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Studio Practice I 40
Studio Practice II 40
Optional Modules Credits
Art Since 45: Postwar to Pluralism 20
Feminist and Queer Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Art 20
Contemporary Art and Globalisation 20
Histories of Photography 20
Fleshful Things: The Body and Visual Art 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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Art History Dissertation 40
Optional Modules Credits
Studio Practice I 80
Studio Practice II with Study Abroad 80
Studio Practice III 60
Studio Practice IV with study abroad 60
Feminist and Queer Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Art 20
Art since 1945: Postwar to Pluralism 20
Contemporary Art and Globalisation 20
Histories of Photography 20
Fleshful Things: The Body and Visual Art 20
Art in the Creative City 20

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 fully realised work for presentation in the final Degree Show.

You can also choose to undertake additional modules, such as LifeWorkArt, Art Writing, and Career Development.

The annual LifeWorkArt conference offers practical workshops and gives you the opportunity to meet recent graduates, artists, curators and arts professionals.


Optional Modules Credits
Studio Practice II 60
Studio Practice III 80
Studio Practice IV 100
Studio Practice V 120
LifeWorkArt External Project 20
Art Writing 40
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Degree show

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

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.

Business skills

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.

Research skills

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. 


Study abroad

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.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

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. 

Find out more about work placements

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, sculpture/casting 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.

Your future

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
  • teachers
  • community arts specialists
  • art therapists
  • critics and writers
  • art directors and technicians
  • graphic designers
  • illustrators
  • 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.

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Careers support

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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. 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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

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 Zoom interview.

Find out more about applying to Fine Art

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BA Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


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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