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Study a fine arts degree at the University of Newcastle and combine your artistic talents with career relevant theory and training.

Bachelor of Fine Art

Why study with us?

Fine Art at the University of Newcastle

Shape your passion, hone your mind

Studying fine art at Newcastle will help you find your niche and flourish as an artist.  Learn to express your ideas using painting, drawing, fibres, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and photomedia, or combinations of all these.  Experiment with new processes, techniques and materials.

Our art history and theory courses will give you contexts for your own creativity and a crucial mental map of how to find inspiration from the greats.  You will also acquire critical thinking skills from analysing images that are transportable to any career.

A personalised education

Our academic and technical staff are artists with excellent reputations in Australia and overseas.  They are knowledgeable and approachable.  The relatively small size of the department means you will be a name, not a student number. We know our students, we engage with their strengths and weaknesses, and we encourage a student community that is stimulating and supportive.  Students are also encouraged to take advantage of our fantastic study abroad programs.

Fantastic facilities

Our studios and teaching spaces are second to none. There's state of the art photomedia facilities, airy painting studios, the only university foundry on the east coast, over a dozen kilns, as well as printing and papermaking machines. At the University of Newcastle, students get the chance to materialise their ideas using technology they otherwise couldn't access, like our laser cutter or paint labs. Our dedicated student gallery, Watt Space, also offers students the opportunity to exhibit in the city centre.

Fine artsOur students 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.

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.

The beaches, the built environment of Australia's second oldest city, Newcastle's amazing industrial heritage and the diverse beauty of the Hunter Valley hinterland make for an eclectic and endlessly inspiring visual environment.

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. 

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.

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.

What you will study