The fine arts degree at the University of Newcastle gives you the chance to showcase your artistic expertise through practical learning and exhibition.

Bachelor of Fine Art

Practical Experience

Make It

Fine artsThe centre of your practical experience happens in our fantastic studios. Hands-on lectures teach students how to work with various materials, but there's plenty of time for trial and error, and to experiment with new ways of making art. Members of our technical staff are on hand in the studios to help with the use of machinery. They can teach you how to use equipment ranging from darkrooms, image editing and composition software, foundries, printing presses, welding torches and kilns. They're all artists and have years of practical knowledge to help you with the problem solving involved needed to translate ideas into art.

Show it

To make it as a professional artist, you need to find a market for your work. This usually involves exhibiting. One of the great advantages about studying Fine Arts at UON is our designated student gallery, WattSpace, in the city centre. It's a nurturing environment that adheres to professional standards. Because it's student run, it's a great opportunity to learn skills of curating and gallery administration too, careers that our graduates have prospered in. And of course, for many it's the first chance to exhibit your work on a commercial footing.

Newcastle is unique as a place to create and show art. Practical experience gained in the studios and Watt Space can easily be extended by becoming involved in events like This is Not Art, Australia's premiere arts festival for the young. ReNew Newcastle has turned many abandoned shopfronts and buildings in the city into studios and galleries.


The world of art is almost as large as the world itself.  Studying Fine Arts at Newcastle opens up a range of international experiences. Spend a semester at Germany's Bauhaus University, an intellectual and artistic hub where art stars such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky once taught.

The University Newcastle on Tyne in Britain shares our industrial heritage, superb fine arts facilities, the amazing BALTIC gallery and access to the other great galleries and museums of Britain and Europe. Further north, the University of Dundee in Scotland is another popular destination for exchange students.

If nature is your source of inspiration why not exchange with Canada's renowned Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, established in the quirky maritime city of Halifax. Then again if it's the city or the tropics that push your buttons, Hong Kong's Baptist University is another popular destination for our students.

There are plenty of other options too. Check them out at Study Overseas.

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