Become an artist, work in visual arts & creative industries. Study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle to gain experience, network & learn from the best.

Bachelor of Fine Art

Why study with us?

Fine Art at the University of Newcastle

Find your niche & flourish as an artist

The Fine Art degree program at the University of Newcastle (UON) is embedded in traditional mediums and disciplines of visual arts practice such as painting, drawing, fibres, ceramics, sculpture, printing, and photomedia. 

At UON, you will learn to express your ideas and experiment with new processes, techniques and materials. Our art history and theory courses will give you contexts for your own creativity, and you will develop critical thinking and analytical skills transferrable to any career.

Access fantastic facilities

Our Fine Art studios, teaching spaces, and galleries are second to none. Study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle and you will have the chance to materialise your ideas using otherwise inaccessible technology, like our laser cutter or paint labs.

Enjoy hands-on learning with access to the only university foundry on the east coast, state of the art photomedia facilities, airy painting studios, over a dozen kilns, as well as printing and paper making machines.

Our dedicated student gallery, Watt Space, also offers students the opportunity to exhibit in the city centre.

Fine artsEnjoy personalised learning

We have a relatively small department and we know our students -- we engage with their strengths and weaknesses, encouraging a stimulating and supportive student community. You will also have the opportunity to undertake our study abroad programs.

Learn from industry leaders

Hands-on and approachable, our Creative Arts staff are knowledgeable practicing artists. They have excellent national and international reputations in creative work, scholarly research and teaching, in Australia and overseas.

Do amazing things

You can find our graduates on photo shoots for Canon in Paris, running the Art Gallery of South Australia, or winning major national art prizes. Many have become professional artists, while others have gone on to a range of fascinating careers.

Find out more about our student achievers and view some works by current UON Fine Art students on our School pages or on instagram.

Newcastle is great for artists

Living and creating is far more affordable in Newcastle than in the capital cities. That means more time making things and less time working a part-time job. Click here to view our quick guide to living in Newcastle

As Australia's 2nd oldest city, Newcastle's picturesque landscape marries its industrial heritage with fantastic beaches, harbour views and the diverse beauty of the Hunter Valley, making for an eclectic and inspiring visual environment.

It's a great place to form strong connections with the broader artistic community. There's a buzzing commercial art scene in Newcastle, where many of our graduates now exhibit. Watt Space Gallery and ReNew Newcastle have turned unused commercial spaces into galleries, shops and studios, and the annual This Is Not Art Festival.

Newcastle is also a great place for galleries with Australia's best regional collection held at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, and other galleries such as the University Gallery, and Maitland and Lake Macquarie galleries, holding nationally significant exhibitions.

What you will study