Newcastle University

Newcastle, with its diverse, lively arts scene, is one of the best cities in the UK to study contemporary visual art. We have a long and distinguished history. The first School of Art in Newcastle was established in 1838 and has been associated with many distinguished artists and teachers including Richard Hamilton, Lawrence Gowing, Victor Pasmore, Kenneth Rowntree, Norman Adams, Stephen Buckley, Sean Scully, and Susan Hiller. Current staff are all well recognised in their fields with lively exhibiting and publishing profiles.

Visiting artists make a vital contribution to life here in Fine Art. The range of visitors reflects our developments and changes regularly. Recent visitors include Saskia Olde Wolbers, Adam Chodzko, Tomoko Takahashi and Doug Fishbone.

Fine Art is in the same building as the Hatton Gallery, one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England. The Hatton's permanent collection consists of works of art from five centuries and includes the Elterwater Merzbarn construction by Kurt Schwitters. Fine Art also has two student-run exhibition spaces.

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Newcastle upon Tyne

United Kingdom

School of Arts & Cultures, Newcastle University
Phone: +44 (0)191 222 5336
Fax: 0191 222 8685

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Location and Getting there

The School of Arts and Cultures is located in the Armstrong Building, the Fine Art Building and the Bruce Building - you can view its locations on the campus map.

The University is well-served by all modes of transport - find out more about travelling to the city:

By Plane - Newcastle International Airport is only about seven miles north west of the University.
By Rail - Newcastle Central Station is situated on Britain's east coast main line linking England and Scotland, and is directly accessible from London King's Cross, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
By Road:
By Coach/Bus -Newcastle Coach Station is the main coach station for long distance journeys, it is located near the Central Rail Station.
we also have good transport links within the region  

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Information For  Undergraduates

We offer a four year Undergraduate Fine Art Degree. It includes a modified foundation year, so is suitable for applicants direct from school or college with A levels (or equivalent) as well as those who have taken a foundation course.

The course is centred around the core disciplines of:

New Media

It also encourages each student to work in whatever media, or combination of media, that is appropriate to their ideas and interests.  

Information For  Postgraduates

The Postgraduate Fine Art Degree lasts two years, and leads to the MFA (Master of Fine Art).

The MFA is designed for graduates in Fine Art and for those with other backgrounds who want to pursue professionalism and excellence in their practice as artists. The course combines artistic and critical scrutiny in an exciting, well-resourced and expanding research environment. Based in excellent studio space and centred on intensive studio practice, the course remains one of the few studio-based courses in the country. You will be taught by a wide range of distinguished practicing artists, and in addition, students can take advantage of a period of international study through our exchange scheme which is run in conjunction with several institutions around the world.

We can admit up to 15 students to each year of the course. It is assumed that most students will undertake the full programme, but those students unable to complete it in its entirety, or who wish to only study for one year, may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma after fulfilling the commitments for Stage 1.

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Information For  International Students

At Newcastle we have a long tradition of teaching students from all over the world. We currently have about 2,500 full-time students who come from outside the UK (about 16% of the student population), and over 100 countries are represented on campus!

Our International Office provides pre-arrival information covering planning your journey and financial advice, we also run an Orientation Programme  

Student Facilities

Students and staff have access to all University facilities, including:

-The superb Robinson Library
-Extensive computer clusters
-The students' Union
-Language teaching services.

Technical support team:
A dedicated team of technical staff supports the School. They are all experienced practitioners in their fields and work hard to help students achieve their projects in the best way possible.

IT facilities:
Each part of the School has a small cluster of networked PCs with the standard university suite of office, e-mail and internet applications as well as a selection of appropriate specialist software (MODES in ICCHS, Sibelius in Music). Students also have access to the University's computer clusters.

Student Support

At Newcastle we provide excellent support services for our students. Our Student Advice Centre , Student Counselling Service and other central services are always available for you to turn to if you are looking for information, advice and help.

The University runs a Personal Tutor System to give you help and advice. Your tutor is is your Degree Programme Director who advises you on your academic progress and who acts as a personal link between you and the University.

We have further support information available for mature students, students with children, students with disabilities and international students.

For more details visit our website  

Student Life  


We offer both catered halls of residence and self catered accomodation.

During your first year of study you are guaranteed a place in University accommodation, provided you:

are a first year undergraduate who will be coming alone to the University for the full academic year;
live in an area from which it would be unreasonable to commute to the University by public transport (determined by distance and travel time);
have accepted our offer of a place on a course at the University as your firm choice;
complete the online Accommodation Application Form ( by 30 June of your year of entry.

If you would prefer not to live in University accommodation we can offer you advice and assistance in finding private rented accommodation. Even though we can't guarantee accommodation for returning students (ie second and third year students) we can offer a lot of help and advice during your time here.

How To Apply

You must apply to Newcastle University through the UCAS system for all our undergraduate degrees

MFA Applications :  

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