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


Enjoy hands-on learning from the start

Study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle (UON) and enjoy frequent opportunities to experiment with both traditional and new ways of making art.

Hands-on lectures will enable you to work with various materials using new techniques, processes and technologies.

The centre of your practical experience happens in our fantastic studios. Members of our technical staff are on-hand in the studios to teach you how to use equipment ranging from:

Darkrooms Image editing & composition software
Foundries Welding torches
Kilns Printing presses

Show it

Enjoy your designated Fine Art student gallery, Watt Space.

To make it as a professional artist, you need to find a market for your work.This usually involves exhibiting, and many of our students experience their first chance to commercially exhibit in our student gallery, Watt Space. 

Newcastle offers a unique environment for creating and showing art, and UON offers students strong community networks and partnerships.

Watt Space - UON's dedicated student gallery
  • Professional & commercial standards - Enjoy a nurturing gallery environment that adheres to commercial industry practices
  • Curating & gallery skills - Watt Space is student-run so you have a great opportunity to learn curating and gallery administration, opening up careers that many of our graduates have successfully pursued.
  • Exhibit to the wider community -- Watt Space is located in Newcastle CBD and has a great local reputation.
  • Practical experience gained in the studios and Watt Space can easily be extended through involvement in community events such as:
    • This is Not Art, Australia's premiere arts festival for the young.
    • ReNew Newcastle has also turned many abandoned shopfronts and buildings in the city into studios and galleries.


Studying Fine Art at Newcastle opens up a range of international experiences.

The world of art is almost as large as the world itself.  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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