Study a fine art degree with Honours and pursue your creative aspirations with in-depth study in your area of interest.

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

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Study Fine Art with Honours at UON

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries.

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Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree.


The fine art degree is designed to ensure that you are able to gain basic knowledge across a range of fine art disciplines, and encounter ongoing studio-based experience.

The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest:

  • Art history/theory courses introduce you to current fine art theory and research methods.
  • In the studio program, you will experience 2D, 3D art and photomedia. You may also select to study video.

At the Newcastle campus at Callaghan, Honours level courses are available in:

  • 2D art (painting/drawing, printmaking)
  • 3D art (ceramics, fibres/textiles, sculpture)
  • photomedia
  • art history/theory


We also have an active Artist-in-Residence program and benefit from established links with national and international exchange programs.

The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at UON offers high quality facilities including a metal casting foundry and a paper making mill.

As a Fine Art student, you will enjoy opportunities within the student-run Watt Space Gallery, a vibrant autonomous student exhibition venue located at the Newcastle CBD. UON also has a superb art gallery on-campus in Callaghan, which hosts important national and international exhibitions.

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
  • Lithography
  • 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.


As well as becoming artists, graduates may work in art education, community arts, galleries and museums, or other art related fields. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a PhD.


You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry, you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent, with a credit grade point average (GPA).

To APPLY for entry into the Honours program, you need to download and complete this application form which contains both of the below documents. Alternatively, you can also click on the Apply Now button.

  • Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA) End-on Honours Application
  • Direct Admissions Application

Submit your completed forms to a UON student hub by the closing dates and contact Faye Neilson or call us at +61 2 4921 6731 for more information.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.

For more information about the Fine Art Honours program, please refer to the handbook.

Textile artist - Brett Alexander

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