- 480590 - Newcastle (Callaghan)
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Mode of delivery
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The Fine Art program 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 for students to specialise or diversify. The art history/theory courses introduce students to current fine art theory and research methods. In the studio program, students experience 2D Art (including drawing, painting and printmaking); 3D Art (including fibres/textiles, sculpture and ceramics) and photomedia (traditional and digital).
All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.
Visual Arts or equivalent. Completion of a TAFE qualification in Fine Art/Visual Arts would also be appropriate.
As well as submitting a UAC application and meeting the University's minimum academic entry requirement, domestic applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio. The portfolio presentation is organised directly with the School of Creative Arts. Applicants are required to submit a 'Portfolio Application Form', http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/77934/Fine20Art20Applicaton20Form202014.pdf
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
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.
Students are offered a course AART3500 Directed Study that enables them to write a semester course of study in association with a lecturer in a studio of their choice. The course can be utilised to approach external bodies such as professional and public galleries and community cultural organisations to research in curatorial practice, public art and art education.
Other courses such as AART2120 Professional Practice offer students an understanding of all aspects of a career in the arts including contracts, media, OH&S, marketing, mentoring and media and publication. Another course that connects students with professional practice is AART3050 The Arts Health and Community run inconjunction with John Hunter Hospital. The Bachelor of Fine Art program also offers: drawing, paper making, felt making and experience in foundry work as well as digital and traditional photography that can be directly applied to professional practice.
As well as submitting a direct application through International admissions - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/our-programs/how-to-apply/ and meeting the University's minimum academic entry requirement, international applicants will be required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio. This will be organised directly with the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University. Please refer to the 'Fine Art Application Portfolio Entry Form' link in the Further Information section at the top of this page.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
The program 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.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
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The Bachelor of Fine Art is an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree qualification.
In order to qualify for the award, students must successfully complete 240 units comprising:
CORE COURSES - 170 units
- 80 units 1000 level
- 50 units at 2000 level and
- 40 units at 3000 level
DIRECTED COURSES - 50 units
Courses are chosen from the list of Directed Courses. The 50 units of Directed Courses may be chosen from one or more of the following areas:
- Art History/Theory
- Communications and Media Studies - Video
- Directed Studies Course
ELECTIVES - 20 units
- chosen from available undergraduate courses across the University
- check assumed knowledge requirements
A maximum of 100 units at 1000, 2000 and 3000 level will count towards the program.
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Students who commenced full time study in 2010 or 2011 who are advised to consult the section above "For Continuing Students Only". Course descriptions and timetables for these programs can be found in the course Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/course/
Those who have studied part-time or who have diverted from the recommended full-time program are advised to consult with the Program Convenor or Program Officer.
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|Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.||20 units|
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|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas) - 2D Directed Courses.|
|AART3220||Painting Concepts, Modes and Media||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3230||Interdisciplinary Painting||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3240||Photomechanical Methods in Printmaking||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3250||The Print as Object||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3780||Experimental Drawing||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3790||Observational and Expressive Drawing||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas)- 3D Directed Courses.|
|AART3320||Site Specific Sculpture||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3330||Multi-Media Sculpture||Not currently offered||10 units|
|AART3340||Paper as Form||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3350||Soft Sculpture||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3360||Experimental Ceramics||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3370||Ceramic Production Techniques||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas)- Art Theory Courses.|
|AART3000||Contemporary Art Issues||Not currently offered||10 units|
|AART3010||Writing and Art Theory||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3020||Australian Art History|
Not to count with AART2100
|Not currently offered||10 units|
|AART3050||The Arts in Health and Community||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3110||Analysis of the Visual Image|
Not to count with AART2110
|Not currently offered||10 units|
|AART3130||Museology and Professional Arts Practice||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3140||Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art||Not currently offered||10 units|
|AART3150||Currencies 2: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art||Not currently offered||10 units|
|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas)- Communication and Media Studies - Video Directed Courses.|
|CMNS1004||Media Production: Video||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS1230||Foundations of Media Production||Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)|
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|CMNS2040||Music Video||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS2370||Media Production: Sound||Not currently offered||10 units|
|CMNS3170||Screenwriting (Documentary)||Not currently offered||10 units|
|CMNS3180||Screenwriting (Drama)||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS3440||Media Production: Screen Drama||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas)- Directed Study Courses.|
|AART3500||Directed Study||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|Choose 50 units from Directed Courses (courses may be chosen from one or more of the directed course areas)- Photomedia Directed Courses.|
|AART3420||Digital||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3430||Alchemy||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3441||Image||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3452||Light||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3462||Screen||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|AART3470||Silver||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|