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.

  • Our Art and Design subjects are ranked 16th in th Complete University Guide 2017.

  • Our Art and Design subjects are ranked 17th in the Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

  • Awarded the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2012, as well as the Journal’s Culture Award for Best Arts and Business Partnership in 2013.
  • Awarded £1.2m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and named a Centre for Doctoral Training in partnership with the University of Sunderland, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the National Glass Centre.
  • Part of the UK’s only Centre for Doctoral Training in Heritage consisting of a consortium of universities in the North of England, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Northumbria University works with a range of high profile cultural partners, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Live Theatre, Great North Run Culture, Northern Stage, National Trust and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums providing students with industry exposure and live project opportunities.
  • The partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has seen the creation of the BxNU postgraduate project space within BALTIC 39, a purpose-built arts facility.
  • Fine Art graduates are offered a one-year studio space within Graduate Studios Northumbria – an enterprise zone that supports the careers of emerging artists.
  • 95% of graduates from all three of Northumbria’s Performing Arts undergraduate degree programmes are in work or further study six months after graduating.
  • Graduates include Mercury Prize nominee Kathryn Williams, Free Range 2013 winner, Eve Laws, actor Riley Jones (Vera, The Pitmen Painters) and CBBC actress Rachel Teate (Wolfblood).
  • The Woon Foundation art competition has annual prizes totalling £40,000 and is open to all UK Fine Art graduates, supported by Northumbria University law alumnus, Mr Wee Teng Woon, as well as the Warwick Stafford Fine Art Prize, a legacy from Fine Art graduate, the late Warwick Stafford.