Northumbria University Newcastle - Fine Art BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Fine Art BA (Hons)

A Fine Art degree at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore, experience and study the practices and ideas of Contemporary Art. Find out what it means to be an Artist and what it means to be making Art NOW.

The course will support you on a journey of material and critical discovery as you develop your own ideas and practices in a working studio environment.  You will be taught by practising artists, writers and curators who will offer you constructive guidance and feedback on the development of your ideas, your making and your position as an artist. The studios will provide you the space to develop an exciting and dynamic peer group in which mutual support and critical debate are cultivated.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

On completion of the BA, many of our students move straight into practicing as artists, with a number of graduates receiving critical acclaim for their work while others move into related fields in the Arts infrastructure. Fine Art graduates are perfectly placed to move into roles in community arts; teaching; curating; arts management; assisting artists; gallery or studio management. 

Northumbria Fine Art graduates will enter the workplace environment with confidence, gained from a range of skills that will allow them to maximise their potential in an increasingly automated workplace; the so-called ‘soft’ skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creative development and project delivery will be the new ‘hard’ skills of the future. 

Course Details

Teaching on the Art degree programme is delivered through studio tutorials, group critiques, workshops, a series of seminar programmes and lectures. Across all three years of the programme students are expected to develop their own ideas and approaches to art making. Our seminar programmes and lectures offer an overview of key historical and theoretical contexts in modern and contemporary art and will help develop your critical thinking. 

Year One

History and Theory of Visual Arts (Core,20 Credits)
Material Enquiry (Core,20 Credits)
Engagement and Participation (Core,20 Credits)
Curiosity, Collaboration & Experimentation (Core,20 Credits)
Strategies for Independence (Core,20 Credits)
Insight & Understanding (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

History and Theory of Visual Arts 2 (Core,20 Credits)
Developing a Critical Practice (Core,40 Credits)
Documenting Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Theory into Practice (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Three

Arts Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Arts Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Extended Study in Fine Art (Core,20 Credits)
Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Critical Contexts (Core,40 Credits)
Synthesis (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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