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Global recognition for Northumbria's Art, Design and Architecture courses

Press release   •   May 08, 2017 11:45 BST

Two degree subjects offered by Northumbria University, Newcastle have been rated as among the best in the world.

Both Art and Design and Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria scored highly in the latest annual QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Northumbria has been ranked in the top 101-150 out of almost 1,700 universities from across the globe for Art and Design, meaning it is in the top 8% institutions in the world for Art and Design Higher Education provision.

In addition, Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria also scored highly, ranking in the top 151-200 of such subjects worldwide.

In total, more than 4,400 universities across the globe were evaluated as part of this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, with ratings given across 46 different subjects.

The rankings are based on the academic reputation and employer reputation of a university, as well as research citations and the impact of published work. The rankings allow prospective students to compare the world’s top academic institutions by subject.

Professor Jon Reast, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Northumbria University, said: “This is a superb result for Northumbria, with both our Art and Design and Architecture and Built Environment courses recognised as among the very best in the world.

“We have made significant investment in our facilities in both subjects – we recently opened a new Design:STEM Studio-Lab in our School of Design and are currently planning an extension to our historic Sutherland Building to create improved studio spaces for the School of Architecture.

“This investment, along with the work of our talented academic staff in both subject areas, means we are attracting high quality students to courses in these subjects and are now consistently ranked highly in national and international higher education league tables.”

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