Fine Art - BA (Hons) [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W100

UCAS Code  W100


Over the course of this 3 year programme you will explore a broad range of techniques and processes, that will enable you to develop your practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in studio practice modules that cover both traditional and contemporary practices, such as Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation and Digital practice; alongside developing your theoretical and contextual awareness.
The practice based modules are accompanied by live briefs, site specific working, and exhibition opportunities which give you valuable experiences as a professional practitioner.

As a student within Creative And Digital Industries, you will have access to a wide range of fully equipped specialist practical workshops which include: Wood, Metal, Ceramic, Traditional and Digital Print, 3D Digital Design, Lens Based, Domestic and Industrial Sewing, among others.
Alongside these you will have access to our dedicated Drawing Studio and bookable large scale working spaces, and most importantly, your own studio space.
The studio is central to our delivery, and through workshops, seminars, lectures and crits you will develop an individual practice that is exciting, engaging, intellectual and personal to you.

Graduating students can embark on a rich and varied career path; ranging from practitioner, curator, arts management to community work and art education.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

 As part of our work ready guarantee you will be exposed to live briefs, and exhibition opportunities that will prepare you for your independent practice.

You will complete modules in both traditional, and contemporary practical skills, alongside building your professional skills; and the Work Based modules will give you the opportunity to develop your exhibition portfolio.
Exhibitions this year have included a year-long exhibition in Alnwick Gardens, student curated exhibitions, and collaborative projects between students and independent artists.

We also have a dedicated Work Placement team, to help you source placements in the area you wish to progress in. Recent placements include galleries such as Baltic, alongside opportunities internationally as visiting artists and conference delegates. We will work with you to ensure you gain the right skills for you, and your career path.

Who the course is for

The course is for students who intend to pursue a career in Fine Art. Most entrants will have completed a full time post 16 programme of study in Art & Design.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BA (Hons) Fine Art.

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Level 4: Introduction

Introduction to Studio Practice
Introduction to Site
Personal Development
Academic Study Skills
Digital Practice
Work Related Learning
Contextual Studies 1

Level 5: Development

Studio Practice 1
Personal Development
Studio Practice 2
Work Based Learning
Contextual Studies 2

Level 6: Realisation

Research Methods
Realisation of Practice

The course is underpinned by Contextual Studies, which will broaden your knowledge of the Fine Art discipline, while strengthening your academic writing skills.


Learning Methods

The course centers on a programme of assignments designed to put your skills to the test. Teaching is mainly through practical projects, small group work, lectures and private study.
As well as developing your specialist skills you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, and to solve problems creatively, adopting a professional approach to your work.


Assessment Methods

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the modules of the qualification, which is assessed and moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

Students may progress to L7 study on a Masters programme or PGCE route.

Career Opportunities

This course will prepare you for self-employment as a practicing artist, or for work as an art administrator, a community-based artist, an art therapist or a gallery/museum curator.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will be required to pay for some materials related to your practice, trips, and exhibition production.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.