The School of Creative Arts' innovative spaces include a concert hall, creative music production suite, drama theatre and studio, and two art galleries.


We see practical experience as essential for students in all of our programs so we endeavour to provide state of the art facilities and hands-on learning for all study areas.

Creative And Performing Arts

Creative and Performing Arts is offered as a major in the Bachelor of Arts and our newly launched Bachelor of Creative Industries.

Whether you want to study art or study drama, you will explore what it means to think creatively and how it can help you navigate an increasingly complex world. The creative and performing arts major has developed a course which reflects this world, encouraging students to be skilled across a range of creative disciplines, helping you to graduate multi-skilled and capable of articulating your creative work. You can choose from a diverse range of visual art, drama and performance-making and multi-media. So to support this we endeavour to provide state of the art facilities across both the Callaghan and  Central Coast campuses.

Fine Art

The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree offered at the University of Newcastle provides basic skills across several disciplines giving you the opportunity to major in 2D art, 3D art or photomedia. Experience in ceramics, fibres-textiles, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital and traditional photography, can be directly applied to professional practice.

Watt Space Gallery

Watt SpaceWatt Space, the University of Newcastle's student art gallery, is a place of inspiration and experience for our students - a place where they can engage with the community through their art. LEARN MORE.

The University Gallery

University GalleryThe University Gallery presents exhibitions by postgraduate students from the University of Newcastle, as well as curated exhibitions and touring shows that promote an awareness of contemporary artists, communities and disciplines. LEARN MORE


In painting, like all of the studio disciplines in the fine arts, emphasis is placed on experimentation and the exploration of ideas.

Range of painting techniques used include:

  • Collage
  • Montage
  • Use of found objects
  • Appropriation of media images and advertising


At the University of Newcastle, you will learn a multidisciplinary range of techniques, including:

  • Collograph
  • Dry point etching on copper or aluminium
  • Linocut
  • Litography
  • Silkscreen
  • Solar Plate
  • Waterless lithography


The ceramics studios are spacious and light-filled. There are 12 kilns that you can use to fire your works.

Areas of study in ceramics:  
  • Model production
  • Slip-casting method
  • Plaster mould making
  • Jigger/jolley
  • Wheel throwing
  • Use of ceramic equipment
  • Contemporary & historical ceramics 

Create ceramic art objects such as figures, tiles, and tableware made from clay and other raw materials by the process of pottery.


The University of Newcastle (UON) is the ONLY university on Australia's East Coast with a fully functional ons-site foundry.

Develop the foundational technique skills of the sculpting trade, an art that has been lost in some other universities in Australia.

Learn the bronze & aluminum casting process from UON's experts:
  • Creation of wax and plaster moulds
  • Pouring of molten metal
  • Refinement and finishing of casted metal artwork

Our academic and technical staff are experienced art committed to ensuring that your journey through the creative process is rewarding and hands-on.


As a student in the 3D studio, you will learn many facets of the sculpting trade.

Machinery available for you to use include:
  • Tig welder
  • Mig welder
  • Wood lathe
  • Bandsaws
  • Bench saws
  • Grinders
  • An extensive range of hand tools

These include welding and fabricating, casting in resins, cement fondue and plaster, working with wood, metals and found objects.


The Bachelor of Fine Art degree will introduce you to a broad range of photographic practices and teach you the skills required to develop and explore the expressive potential of Photography. 

Our state-of-the-art Photomedia facilities include:
  • Darkroom facilities - Fully-equipped for processing film and printing photographs
  • Film developing - Using a variety of techniques such as: Resin coating, Liquid Light Emulsion & Cyanotype
  • Art computer labs -  Digital image production, editing and composition (moving and still)
  • Enlargers - Incorporating various negative sizes for black and white print processes
  • Epson digital printer - enables large scale colour printing, up to 4m x 1m
  • Professional photographic studio - Learn about studio lighting, product and object photographing, and use of backdrops

Other photographic technics you will learn include:

  • Alchemy techniques - a non-silver based photographic method where paper is coated in emulsion and exposed in direct sunlight.
  • Critical thinking skills through the analysis of key historical, conceptual, ethical, and theoretical issues that underpin contemporary Photomedia practice.
  • Strong community, peer and student-mentor relationships - At UON, you will engage with like-minded individuals, expand your networks and explore your creative potential.


When you study music at the University of Newcastle practical experience forms an integral part of your program and as such we provide access to industry level facilities and resources.


Students studying music will be based primarily at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in the University's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD, this location puts students in the midst of the town's cultural centre.


The Conservatorium is within easy walking distance of key local features such as the Newcastle Town Hall, Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall and Market Town shopping centre. Most importantly, you will be within easy access of live music venues - from Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and numerous surrounding galleries and other live venues.

Music students also enjoy access to the City Precinct library which houses a specialist collection focusing on classical European and Australian contemporary music as well as musical scores and collections in music therapy and ethnomusicology.


The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, which is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists as it is regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia . This 400 seat concert hall is also available for University staff and students, as well as members of the public to hire for private functions. Additionally, our creative production, recording and computer labs are available for all types of classes.

As well as providing lessons in classical music performance, we open our doors to all styles of music. You can often hear rock, jazz, pop, folk and electronic sounds emanating from our buildings.

CREATIVE Music Production Suite

Our Creative Music Production facility at the University's City Precinct campus is a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally.

Improvisation and music production skills are crucial for today's musicians, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area using state of the art music technology facilities, including:

PRODUCTION STUDIOSAudio production, recording, songwriting, film scoring and gaming
 Control room, recording rooms, editing booths and 20 individual workstations equipped with Apple iMac computers, Yamaha audio interfaces and Novation keyboard controllers.

Over 30 digital recording systems including:
- An analog recording studio
- Four mobile recording studios for onsite recording of music performances

  • Customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world
  • Various learning spaces including a seminar room and three rooms equiped with surround sound and a mastering suite
  • An extensive collection of software to accommodate audio production, music notation, music theory, video and visualizations.
  • Integrated ethernet audio network (using IPv6) providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world.
  • Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer.

Our cutting-edge recording studios are networkable to our performance and studio spaces including the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia.

UON's Newcastle City Precinct

THE NEWCASTLE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached via multiple bus routes and other public transport options. NEWCASTLE CITY PRECINCT

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