The Northern School of Art is the only educational institution in the North East devoted to art and design. The majority of the staff are practising artists, designers and artisans. University alumni include Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, car designer Keith Patterson and artist Mackenzie Thorpe.
As one of the few specialist art and design institutions in the country, the School has a strong reputation among group of educators and practitioners in the creative sector.
The Northern School of Art's aim is to develop students’ skills for employment and enterprise through a curriculum informed by staff and student engagement with the creative industries. Staff provide encouragement of professional practice in students to help improve their performance and future contribution to the creative industries.