When you study secondary teaching and fine arts at the University of Newcastle you will combine your interests in fine arts with teaching theory and practice.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Fine Art

What you will study

What you will studyThe Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Arts is offered as a four year full-time degree or part-time equivalent. The specialist teaching degree requires the successful completion of 320 units of study that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.

First year study

In the first year of your secondary teaching and fine arts degree you will be introduced to the foundations of education and learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning. You will also commence studies in how to teach the junior visual arts curriculum and begin your study of art theory, as well as 2D and 3D art.

Second year study

In the second year of your teaching degree you will study the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and continue studies in the practice of visual arts education. You will continue your fine art discipline studies by exploring photomedia and have the opportunity to begin specialising in a particular area of art practice: 2D, 3D or photomedia (including time based media). You will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement, having an opportunity to teach visual arts in a secondary school.

Third year study

Throughout year three of the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Arts degree you will study special education, or how to work with children who have additional learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn in a 20-day supervised professional experience placement. You will also continue studies in art theory, 4D video art, and your selected area of fine art specialisation. You can also consider a second teaching area of history or drama.

Fourth year study

During the final year of the secondary teaching and fine arts degree you will study how to teach the senior visual arts curriculum. You will also study Aboriginal education, policy and issues, and study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area. You will also have the opportunity to continue in you second teaching area of history or drama or complete elective courses of your choice. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will take leadership of a series of fine art classes in a secondary high school.

Additional specialisation options

When you study a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts you will have the opportunity to take four elective courses. These may be taken in any area that you like, or in areas that will provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Areas of specialisation that are available in this program and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:

  • completion of a double major
  • study of a second  teaching area ( history or drama)
  • special education (for eligible students)
  • Honours research (for eligible students).

This Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.

For more detailed information about the course program for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts please visit the handbook page.

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