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Studying with us

The Department of Arts is one of the largest and most exciting centres in the UK for studying arts, performance, culture, cultural history and social sciences. Located in the centre of Newcastle, you will be part of one of the most vibrant cities in Britain with a flourishing arts scene and home to numerous cultural venues.

A degree in the arts will provide excellent training and personal and professional development for a range of careers. During your studies you will be encouraged to be active participants in the learning process. You will develop a portfolio of subject-specific
and technical skills that are highly valued, as well as a range of transferable skills which all types of employers are looking for including: excellent communication; creativity;
teamwork, negotiation and persuasiveness; time management and organisation; and analytical, critical and research skills.

Not only do our students learn in dynamic and challenging cultural contexts, they also play an active role in shaping and determining them. Employers recognise the value that creative people bring to an organisation, and graduates who are entrepreneurial and self-motivated, and can think laterally and innovatively, are highly attractive in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to contribute greatly to the contemporary arts, practising and showing their work in venues across the country, publishing in reputable journals and periodicals and working in senior posts across the cultural and creative industries. There could not be a better time to study arts and culture, and no better place to do so than at Northumbria University.

Newcastle upon Tyne is recognised internationally as a centre for contemporary arts and culture. As a student of Northumbria you will benefit first-hand from first-class venues such as BALTIC, Live Theatre, Theatre Royal and the Biscuit Factory and cultural organisations regionally and nationally through our extensive industry links. You will have the opportunity to experience work placements, site-visits, guest lecturers and employer visits. In addition, during your time in the Department you may also get opportunities to travel abroad to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the arts and creative industries.

As a student at Northumbria University you will benefit from excellent resources, including the Department’s own professional exhibition space – Gallery North, a new theatre, and our centre for professional practice – Graduate Studio Northumbria. In addition, you will have access to outstanding art and design collections in the University Library, thousands of online resources through the University’s e-learning platform, audio and visual resources, dedicated facilities for drama, digital media, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and designated studio spaces.

You will be taught by a community of enthusiastic and talented performers, artists, scholars and educators complemented by high-calibre visiting artists, performers, academics, researchers, directors, actors, choreographers and musicians, including many with an international reputation as experts in their field.