Entry requirements

A good honours degree in fine art, or international equivalent, plus a portfolio of recent work. Applicants who hold non-standard qualifications and/or have other relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. If you are based in the UK you will be invited to attend an interview. For those applicants outside of the UK, we may choose to conduct an interview with you via Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

Newcastle University's Master of Fine Arts is a two-year full-time studio-based course. We've designed it for fine art graduates and for those with other backgrounds who wish to establish or extend their position as practitioners in the contemporary art world. It also offers a solid grounding for those hoping to progress to PhD degree study. We support practice and research in:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • digital media
  • drawing
  • performance
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • installation
  • video art
  • art history.

You'll be taught by a range of distinguished practising artists and historians in an exciting and well-equipped environment.

This MFA degree enables you to pursue professionalism and excellence in your practice. We encourage and support the practice and study of art through thoughtful and informed investigation, experimentation and speculation. You'll also develop your critical understanding of the discourses relevant to your work.

We provide a community for creative collaboration, exchange and discussion. You can sound out ideas and materialisations in a challenging, critical and nurturing environment. You'll direct your studies by setting goals and managing time and resources effectively. The MFA creates a platform to help you push your current practice forward through exploratory experimentation. We'll encourage you to work in an inventive, rigorous, focused, and confident way.

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Information for international students

English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Irene Brown, Degree Programme Director for the MFA, School of Arts and Cultures
+44 (0) 191 208 3487