Northumbria University

Northumbria University is an expanding multicultural learning community, with excellent links with further and higher education, industry and commerce throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
Renowned for the excellence of its teaching, as well as for preparing students for the world of work, Northumbria also provides research opportunities for professional reflective practice.

Situated in the north-east of England, Northumbria has two separate campuses. The largest is City Campus situated in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne opposite the Civic Centre. Coach Lane Campus is situated in a leafy suburb of the city, 3 miles from City Campus and linked by the University's free bus service.


Brief History:

Northumbria University is a large metropolitan university, first established as a polytechnic in 1969 and inaugurated as a university on 1 September 1992. The largely modularised curriculum is delivered to just over 23,500 students about 16,000 of whom are full-time. The remainder study on a wide range of part-time and short courses.
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Newcastle upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Northumbria University, Lipman Building, Sandyford Road
Phone: +44 191 227 4935

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Our Aims

The University's Mission is to meet the diverse needs of an international learning community and to contribute to society and its economic development through research, excellent teaching and high quality student support.

To achieve this Northumbria University's Aims are to promote:

challenging and innovative teaching and learning which empowers the active learner;
a commitment to research and scholarly activity in the generation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding;
opportunities and access to students with a variety of ambitions from different circumstances;
the employability, lifelong learning and continuing professional development of its students and staff;
a high-quality student experience, through a comprehensive network of student support and guidance services, and a range of social, cultural and sporting activities;
a strengthening of the economic, environmental and cultural life of the region through opportunities in higher education, creating partnerships, integrating with communities, and generating and disseminating valuable knowledge;
global recruitment and international activity;
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Location and Getting there

Northumbria University, in the North of England, has two separate campuses - Newcastle City Campus and Coach Lane Campus both located within Newcastle upon Tyne. (Following the acquisition of new premises adjacent to the City Campus, the Longhirst Campus (in Northumberland, 15 miles north of Newcastle) was closed during the summer of 2004 and the successful Cumbria Business School in Carlisle was transferred to the University of Central Lancashire in September 2004.)

Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north-east of England, is a regional capital and is just two hours and forty minutes away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) is only an hour away. Newcastle has its own International Airport, whilst regular ferry services operate to and from Northern Europe.

Road travel, by coach or car, is particularly easy as Newcastle stands on the premier north-south route in the UK. Once in Newcastle itself, the extensive local public transport system, including the Metro (Tyneside's own underground), makes getting around very easy.  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

As well as being a vibrant urban centre, Newcastle is one of the most exciting cities in Britain to study the visual arts. Since the opening of the Baltic centre for contemporary art the art scene in the city has expanded and flourished. The Division of Visual Arts – which includes the experimental art space Gallery North, founded in 2005 – has numerous links with the local art community, and many of its graduates are professionally active in the region. The Division offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in art practice, history and theory, and professional practice. In Visual Arts we focus on the individual student through small group and tutorial teaching. Teaching and learning is supported by well equipped, dedicated facilities and by the outstanding Art and Design collection in the university library. The quality and depth of the curriculum is reinforced by a dynamic research culture, covering all aspects of our work. Northumbria gained a 4 in Art and Design in the 2000 Rae and 3a in History of Art. The Division currently supports over twenty doctoral students engaged with the practice and history ...  [ Read All ]

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North Acting Academy attracts cream of the crop:

Some of the finest new acting talent in the North will join forces with nationally acclaimed writer Jane Bodie on a specially written play to be performed at The Baltic.  

Information For  Undergraduates

Arts and Design Foundation Diploma (Overseas)
Foundation Diploma 1 year Full Time


Contemporary Photographic Practice
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


English and Art History
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


English and Film Studies
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Film Studies and Sociology
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Film and Television Studies
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Fine Art
Foundation Certificate 2 years Part Time


Fine Art
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


History of Modern Art, Design and Film
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Media Production
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Visual Culture
BA (Hons) 3 years Full Time


Information For  Postgraduates

Art Practice: Fine Art
MA 1 year Full Time


Art Practice: Media Art
MA 1 year Full Time


Conservation of Fine Art
MA 2 years, Full Time


Fine Art
MA 2 years. Attendance = one evening per week Part Time


Fine Art and Education
MA 2 years Part Time


Preventive Conservation
MA 1 year Full Time


Visual Culture
MA 1 year Full Time


Information For  International Students

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is particularly pleased to offer a warm Northumbrian welcome to international students. Our School has a long tradition of welcoming international students and we make a special effort to make you feel at home. Our wonderful location in the centre of Newcastle, our excellent facilities and the great social life mean that your time at Northumbria will be an enjoyable and memorable one.  


Your links with the University don’t end on Graduation Day! Northumbria Alumni Association is here to keep former students (Alumni) in touch with all the news. It is your "rock to lean on - for life" and it is an exclusive club with around 85,000 Alumni worldwide.

Graduates of Northumbria and any of our constituent colleges can join for free. If you have not heard from us recently, chances are we have out-of-date contact details for you. Don't miss out ... to stay in touch all you need to do is confirm your current details with us.  

Student Facilities

At the University of Northumbria, we want our students to get the very best out of the years spent with us. We want them to look back on their period of study as one which was not only successful in academic terms, but rewarding on a personal and social level. To that end we have developed a comprehensive range of services designed to support students of all ages, nationalities and abilities both in and outside the lecture room.  

Student Support

The School has an enviable reputation for the quality of the support it offers to students, not simply during their course of study, but also during early stages of application and after graduation. Many of our students return to pursue their studies at a higher level, and our attention to the needs of students as people is as meticulous at doctoral, as it is at foundation, level.
Each Division holds one or more Open Days attended by applicants in the period between applying through UCAS and confirming acceptance of the University's offer. We try to ensure that you are as closely supported as you need through our network of guidance tutors. Your tutor is available to advise you on the academic choices you will be called on to make, and to help you to reflect on your performance of your course. You can also discuss personal problems with your tutor, who will be able to advise you about the range of professional counselling and financial support services available in the University. Most courses include opportunities to undertake work based learning, often as a placement or special study. Throughout your course you will be able to t...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

The Students' Union is here to make sure you have the best experience possible at University. We are run by students, for students and we are one of the largest and most exciting Unions in the country. You can have your say in what that Union does and how it is run - so we urge you to take advantage of one of the many ways you can get involved.

Our mission is to have a positive impact on your student life, whether that is quality entertainments and bars, a range of societies and fun activities, advice on complaints or problems with your course, or opportunities for you to gain experience that will help you get a job when you finish your studies.  

Student Testimonials

Here are some videos produced by our students, which give an insight into life at Northumbria University from the perspective of our Art Students.  


Need somewhere to live? Both our campuses have their own student accommodation - and with over 40,000 students in Newcastle upon Tyne, there is plenty of private accommodation available in and around the city.

University Residences
In response to growing student numbers, the University has increased the amount of its accommodation and can now offer a place to most new non-local students who apply in good time.

For further details about all halls of residence, go to the University Residences link.

Private Accommodation
Our Accommodation Service has details of hundreds of private properties as well as University accommodation. Accommodation Services staff are on hand all year to offer information and advice about all aspects of student accommodation and advise on such things as landlord/tenant problems.  

How To Apply

Application procedures vary depending upon the type of course chosen.
Full-time Undergraduate Courses
Applications for the majority of full-time undergraduate courses are handled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), although there are other undergraduate application procedures, such as applying via NMAS for nursing and midwifery programmes. See below for full details.

Postgraduate and Part-time Courses
Most applications for Postgraduate and Part-time Courses should be made direct to the University, however, there are a few exceptions in areas such as law and teacher education. Most postgraduate and part-time taught programmes can be applied for online - the application form is accessed via the individual course entry within the courses database (see Course Search link) or alternatively a copy can be downloaded from this page (see University Application Form link under Related Information). Please refer to the specific course details available and, if you have any doubt, contact the relevant Admissions office listed in the individual course entry.  

Visit us (open days)

Throughout the year the School of Arts and Social Sciences stages a number of divisional open days.* These events provide prospective students with an opportunity to meet academic staff and current students, tour the facilities and gain a valuable insight into studying at Northumbria.  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you. Register with the Enquiry Service to receive regular updates or simply ask the Virtual Adviser a question.