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From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study a wide range of courses. Learn from world-renowned experts in Fine Art, Performance and Visual Cultures.

Matters pertaining to social justice underpin activity in the Department. We collaborate with our local, national, and international communities to understand the impact of inequalities. Through creative practices, such as works of art, film, media, and theatre and performance, we imagine better futures and lead on making them a reality. We do this through our expertise in regeneration and with our partners in the creative sectors. We are specialists in understanding the importance of material and cultural history, subcultures, marginalised groups, and individuals. We understand the power and importance of representation. Creative practices enable individuals to question how things function as well as providing the means through which to make changes to society. Students and researchers at Northumbria are well-equipped to make timely interventions in response to twenty-first century grand challenges. We are committed to developing the next generation of creative makers and leaders. 

Dedicated to nurturing creativity and innovation, our Art Department cultivates a vibrant setting for students to discover and cultivate their artistic aptitudes. We present a variety of bachelor's programs in Arts and Fine Arts, which establish a robust basis for budding artists to hone their skills and viewpoints. Our Masters in Arts and Fine Arts options cater to those aiming to delve into their artistic craft and academic involvement. Whether in the realm of undergrad or postgrad education, Northumbria's Art Department is steadfast in fostering the forthcoming wave of artists poised to make substantial contributions to the modern art scene.

In addition to our Newcastle campus, we have campuses in London and Amsterdam. We also deliver programmes with institutional partners in Singapore, Indonesia, and China.  We provide opportunities for our students to study abroad and support international students who choose to study in Newcastle. The work we undertake as a department understands the importance of the relationship between the global and the local. 

A large proportion of our students are from the North East and live and work here when they graduate. Our graduates make significant contributions to the social, cultural, and political futures of the region. The work our graduates undertake is varied, stretching far beyond the cultural sectors into areas such as business, health and life sciences, politics, education, and digital technologies. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers. As creative makers and thinkers, they are experienced at working collaboratively and inclusively. They are effective problem solvers and the transferable skills they acquire on their courses make them versatile team players. 

Our programmes provide opportunities for our students to work directly with a range of employers. We have established partnerships with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, and Live Theatre. We facilitate internships, placements, and live brief opportunities for our students as an integral part of our degrees.

Research enriches all our activity within the department. We boast a vibrant and exciting research community. In the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF), Arts and Design ranked 4th nationally for QR Power and 4th nationally for Research Power. The strength of our research impacts the communities we serve and informs our approach to learning and teaching. 




Our Courses

The Department of Arts has a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available for study.

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Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in with us in September? Our Undergraduate Open Day Events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our wide range of courses and world-class facilities.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

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