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The School of Creative Arts is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to develop their specialist skills, explore their creativity and develop new skills by experimenting with interdisciplinary and multimedia approaches and events.

The CAPA discipline has developed courses which hone students abilities to produce a skilled visual art, performance and multi-media output.

Student Experience

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) has been designed to respond to changing community and educational needs and to the exciting multidisciplinary trends of contemporary art. The broad range of courses on offer provide great scope to for students to specialise or diversify.

Many of our graduates have gone on to have exciting careers in the creative arts, with many of our most successful having been winners of the Jenny Thomas Traveling Art Scholarship. To see what the past 10 years worth of winners are now up to click here.

Or below is just a sample of the art works by current students and staff.

The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for a musical career at a professional standard. Important components in the program are the development of performance and creative skills, collaboration with other musicians and creative artists, and the use of up to date technologies. As well as offering a wide variety of performance experiences within the program, students have many opportunities to work and perform in the community and region.



The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, egarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia, and is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists. For a full list of upcoming concerts click here.

Newcastle Music Industry Forums

Since 2013 Newcastle Conservatorium in partnership with MusicNSW have hosted new series of forums that bring together industry experts to share their anecdotes, experience and advice to local music lovers, aspiring artists, and the Newcastle music industry. The Newcastle Conservatorium is proud to have initiated this forum. It represents an important part of its education program with music and the creative industries.

THE NEWCASTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY FORUM: A special panel on all things recording – and how to get heard On 26th September Newcastle Conservatorium hosted the second in our series expert panel discussions on the the newcastle music industry.

When do you need a producer? How do you know if your music is radio ready? What do label A&R gurus look for? This panel is aimed at aspiring artists and the Newcastle industry and focussed on all things recording and how to get heard: whether laying down tracks in a studio, sharing Aussie music on the airwaves, or publicising artists to the world, our panel will share expertise on what makes a good record and the best ways to get heard.

Guest speakers for "The Newcastle Music Industry Forum" are:

Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb)

Jay is the lead singer for three times ARIA losing punk legends Frenzal Rhomb. Somehow he has managed to make a 'career' out of head-banging and swearing at people. He also spent four years getting up at the crack of dawn to host the breakfast show, "Jay and The Doctor", at national youth broadcaster triple j.

 Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed)

Dave Ruby Howe is the Music Director of triple j Unearthed, overseeing the programming of triple j Unearthed radio, the 2011-launched digital radio station that plays all Australian and all independent music sourced through Dave began his career in the industry as a music journalist as well as editor of websites and The Cool Hunter and the creator of the music blog Hyperbole.

Paula Jones (Jones PR)

Paula 'Jonesy' Jones is a national freelance publicist who has worked with some of Australia's most high profile acts, inc. Midnight Oil and Silverchair. She currently manages publicity for Paul Kelly, John Butler, Karnivool, and Kate Miller-Heidke. As the National Event Publicist for Groovin The Moo, she oversees all media activity for the regional touring festival and did the same for Sydney's Homebake Festival for 11 years.

Mark Dodds (A&R, Australian Music Manager – Inertia)

Mark is responsible for liaising with Big Scary, Glass Towers, Seth Sentry, The Delta Riggs, Hermitude, Dappled Cities and Mantra, as well as labels including Elefant Traks, Rice Is Nice and Stop Start. Mark also heads up the new Inertia Access initiative, which enables burgeoning artists like Dune Rats, Apes and Elizabeth Rose to utilise Inertia's services without forfeiting any rights to their masters or signing a long-term deal.

Lachlan Mitchell (producer)

Attic Studios co-owner Lachlan Mitchell has worked with a huge array of Aussie artists over the years, from world-class electronic duo PNAU to Central Coast pop-punkers Something With Numbers to acts like Nunchukka Superfly and Kate Ceberano. He landed two ARIA nominations – Producer and Engineer of the Year – for his efforts with 2012 Best Independent Release, The Jezabels' debut LP, Prisoner.

The Newcastle Music Industry Forum: a Special Discussion Panel On Australia's Touring & Live Music Scene.

This panel explored with the audience what it means to hit the road successfully and what it takes to get motivated, tuned up and ready for the road, with five leading experts on hand to share their anecdotes and expertise.

Guest Speakers

James Boserio – aka Jimmy Nice (Spit Syndicate)With tracks like "Beauty In The Bricks" and "Folly" across triple j airwaves, Sydney duo Spit Syndicate utilised some of the best producers in the biz for their latest LP, Sunday Gentlemen, including Styalz Fuego (360, Seth Sentry), M-Phazes (Drapht, Bliss n Eso) and more. One half of the ARIA nominated hip-hop outfit, Jimmy Nice, will join our panel to share the band's stories and insight.

Andrew Kelly (Big Apache)Long-term tour manager of the Hilltop Hoods and a regular TM for Soundwave festival; production manager of 2013's Groovin The Moo; a FOH engineer for acts like as The Whitlams, Ash Grunwald, and The Beautiful Girls; and a promoter of concerts in the Newcastle area for over 20 years – including a stint in the '90s as Activities Officer of Newcastle University.

Meg Williams (Association Of Artist Managers, Spark and Opus)The Executive Director of AAM – the peak body representing the issues affecting music managers and their artists – Meg is also a co-director at management company Spark and Opus, who look after the careers of Cub Scouts, Elizabeth Rose, PVT and Shady Lane, plus producers Ivan Vizintin (Kirin J Callinan, Collarbones), Richard Pike (DZ Deathrays) and muso Laurence Pike.

Jay van Lieshout (sound / production / tour manager)Japandroids, Something For Kate, Boy & Bear, Andrew WK, Dawes, Tame Impala, The Wombats, You Am I and a whole lot more have called on Jay's tour managing and front of house skills. He also looks after stage production for major festivals, such as Splendour, Shore Thing, and Future Music Festival.

Katie Rynne (Select Music)An agent at Select Music, a Sydney-based booking agency, Katie represents The Preatures and Patrick James, and works on the careers of artists such as Boy & Bear, Passenger, Seth Sentry, San Cisco and Josh Pyke. Katie also looks after all social media activity for Select. Previously, she worked in publicity and management, as well as tour managing Lior and Passenger (UK).

International Spacetime Concerto Competition

In December 2012 the School of Creative Arts was proud to present the unique International Spacetime Concerto Competition to celebrate not only the historical form of the concerto but also showcases exciting, modern interpretations encompassing the latest digital technology. From performing on acoustic instruments to laptops, the Space Time Concerto Competition changed the way people could experience and think about the concerto form by reshaping traditional perceptions of the concerto according to the way sounds move in spaces: from the architectural to virtual.

It recognised and rewarded both excellent musicianship and cutting-edge creativity. The two final Concerts, 30 November & 2 December 2012, at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Concert Hall brought together eight finalists to play with a specially selected orchestras, including an internet-linked ensemble spanning five countries.

This lucrative competition was made possible through the generosity of long time University benefactor Jennie Thomas with further donations from the Friends of the University and was open to undergraduate, postgraduate and international students enrolled in any Australian tertiary institution or alumni.


For more information or to enter the competition please visit or the YouTube channel.