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


As we see practical experience as being essential to the studies of all of our programs we endeavour to provide state of the art facilities for each discipline.

Creative And Performing Arts

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 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 Space

Watt 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.Click here for more about the gallery.

The University Gallery

University Gallery

The 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. Click here for more about the gallery.


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

Paints Painting studios

Mediums made in the painting studios include:

  • Oil paint
  • Oil sticks
  • Gel mediums
  • Acrylic gouaches
  • Pigmented inks.

Range of techniques used include:

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

Our Fine Art paint labs have an on-site paint technician who will help enrich and inform your learning. Additionally, the quality paint products produced in our painting studios are available for students to purchase at a heavily discounted rate.


Learn multidisciplinary range of techniques:
  • 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 in Newcastle Conservatorium in the university's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD this location puts students within easy walking distance of such key located features as Town Hall, Newcastle Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall, Market Town shopping centre, as well as the social life and, most importantly, live music venues of Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and the numerous surrounding galleries and live venues.

Music students enjoy access to the City Precinct library which houses a specialist collection focusing on classical European and Australian contemporary music as well as over 32,000 musical scores and collections in music therapy and ethnomusicology.

Creative Music Production Suite

After a $750,000 renovation in 2011, our Creative Music Production facility has become a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally. It contains a lab (20 music workstations), control room, recording room, editing booths, a seminar room plus an analog recording studio. It has over thirty digital recording systems including four mobile recording studios (for onsite-recording of music performances), three rooms equipped with surround sound and a mastering suite. 

A key feature of the new area is a customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world. The facility also includes an integrated ethernet audio network providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world (over the internet using IPv6).

We also believe improvisation, creativity working with technology are important musicianship skills for today's musicians. Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer. Music production skills are crucial to the modern musician, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area. The Creative Music Production facility at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium boasts state of the art music technology facilities.


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.

City Precinct

The Conservatorium is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached in a few minutes from Civic Train Station or by multiple bus routes. Click here for transport options.

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Campus Security can be contacted from the blue security phones in the foyer and on the ground floor or for emergency calls on (02) 492 15888. A uniformed security guard patrols the city precinct of the University between 3:00pm and 11:00pm and can be reached on 0400 243 022.