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)

Why study with us?

Fine Art with Honours at the University of Newcastle

fine art honoursWith 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. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a PhD.

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

On 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.

The University of Newcastle boasts a vibrant autonomous student exhibition venue (Watt Space Galleries) and a superb art gallery on-campus (The University Gallery) which hosts important national and international exhibitions. We also have an active Artist-in-Residence program and benefit from established links with national and international exchange programs.

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 art history/theory courses introduce you to current fine art theory and research methods. In the studio program, you will experience 2D art (including drawing, painting and printmaking), 3D art (including fibres/textiles, sculpture and ceramics) and photomedia. You may also select to study video.

As well as becoming artists, graduates may work in art education, community arts, galleries and museums, or other art related fields.

The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) offers high quality facilities in all studio areas including a metal casting foundry, paper making mill and the only facility in any institution in Australia that manufactures paints, pastels and watercolours on campus.

Textile artist - Brett Alexander

Learn from industry leaders

Our Fine Art staff have national and international reputations in creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists and researchers.


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).

Contact Ms Miranda Lawry in the Faculty of Education and Arts on +61 2 4921 6731.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.

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