School of Creative Industries


The School of Creative Industries offers hands-on degree programs requiring high levels of practical and industry experience. Our programs are designed to fully nurture skills and talents, and students enjoy regular use of our state-of-the-art facilities for each discipline and study area:

We are committed to progressive teaching as well as timely upgrades of equipment, techniques and facilities so you are assured that your skills are current and competitive.


Students undertaking communication, digital media and creative industries benefit from hands-on learning through our industry-standard production suites for TV and radio, including industry experience at the 2NURFM studios in Callaghan.

Production facilities and student work spaces include digital media suites, HD media and audio production studios, tutorial rooms and computer teaching labs.


Communication students access state-of-the art facilities and industry-standard equipment dedicated to their training and hands-on study.

This includes industry experience at the 2NURFM studios in our Callaghan campus.

  • 4 x 25 seat computer teaching labs – iMacs SSD
  • 5 x 25 seat tutorial rooms
HD Media Production Studio
  • TV control room
  • Editing suites
  • Lighting grid
  • Industry-standard green screen
  • HD projection inc. 5.1 surround sound
  • Cameras
  • JVC camera chains
  • Ross production mixer
Audio Production Studios
  • 5 x rooms based around acoustically isolated sound stage
  • Isolation booth
  • Control room
  • Digital radio broadcast console
Digital Media Suites
  • 12 x bookable editing suites -  iMac
  • Mac Pros
  • Pro tools 12HD
  • Adobe CS
  • FCPX
Location Equipment
  • Canon C100 MKII digital cinematography production kits inc. L-series lens range
  • Marantz / zoom field recording kits (audio)
  • Lupolux LED lighting kits
  • Steadicam pilot / flyer kits
  • iFootage camera sliders



UON creative arts students choose from a diverse range of disciplines across visual art, multimedia, drama and performance-making. To support the highly vocational nature of our creative arts degrees, we offer students state-of-the-art specialist facilities and venues.

Students develop their skills using a wide range of dedicated spaces such as dark rooms, labs, studios, printing presses and other facilities for creative and performing arts (CAPA), 2D, 3D and photomedia. We also have art galleries and drama theatres dedicated to showcasing student work.

Whether you want to study art or study drama, you will explore what it means to think creatively and how it can help you navigate an increasingly complex world. The creative and performing arts major has developed a course which reflects this world, encouraging students to be skilled across a range of creative disciplines, helping you to graduate multi-skilled and capable of articulating your creative work. You can choose from a diverse range of visual art, drama and performance-making and multi-media. So to support this we endeavour to provide state of the art facilities across both the Callaghan and  Central Coast campuses.

Watt Space Gallery

Watt SpaceWatt Space, the University of Newcastle's student art gallery, is a place of inspiration and experience for our students - a place where they can engage with the community through their art. LEARN MORE.

The University Gallery

University GalleryThe University Gallery presents exhibitions by postgraduate students from the University of Newcastle, as well as curated exhibitions and touring shows that promote an awareness of contemporary artists, communities and disciplines. LEARN MORE


In painting, like all of the studio disciplines in the fine arts, emphasis is placed on experimentation and the exploration of ideas.

Range of painting techniques used include:

  • Collage
  • Montage
  • Use of found objects
  • Appropriation of media images and advertising


At the University of Newcastle, you will learn a multidisciplinary range of techniques, including:

  • Collagraph
  • Dry point etching on copper or aluminium
  • Linocut
  • Lithography
  • Silkscreen
  • Solar Plate
  • Waterless lithography


The ceramics studios are spacious and light-filled. There are 12 kilns that you can use to fire your works.

Areas of study in ceramics: 
  • Model production
  • Slip-casting method
  • Plaster mould making
  • Jigger/jolley
  • Wheel throwing
  • Use of ceramic equipment
  • Contemporary & historical ceramics

Create ceramic art objects such as figures, tiles, and tableware made from clay and other raw materials by the process of pottery.


The University of Newcastle (UON) is the ONLY university on Australia's East Coast with a fully functional on-site foundry.

Develop the foundational technique skills of the sculpting trade, an art that has been lost in some other universities in Australia.

Learn the bronze & aluminum casting process from UON's experts:
  • Creation of wax and plaster moulds
  • Pouring of molten metal
  • Refinement and finishing of casted metal artwork

Our academic and technical staff are experienced art committed to ensuring that your journey through the creative process is rewarding and hands-on.


As a student in the 3D studio, you will learn many facets of the sculpting trade.

Machinery available for you to use include:
  • Tig welder
  • Mig welder
  • Wood lathe
  • Bandsaws
  • Bench saws
  • Grinders
  • An extensive range of hand tools

These include welding and fabricating, casting in resins, cement fondue and plaster, working with wood, metals and found objects.


The Bachelor of Fine Art degree will introduce you to a broad range of photographic practices and teach you the skills required to develop and explore the expressive potential of Photography. 

Our state-of-the-art Photomedia facilities include:
  • Darkroom facilities - Fully-equipped for processing film and printing photographs
  • Film developing - Using a variety of techniques such as: Resin coating, Liquid Light Emulsion & Cyanotype
  • Art computer labs -  Digital image production, editing and composition (moving and still)
  • Enlargers - Incorporating various negative sizes for black and white print processes
  • Epson digital printer - enables large scale colour printing, up to 4m x 1m
  • Professional photographic studio - Learn about studio lighting, product and object photographing, and use of backdrops

Other photographic technics you will learn include:

  • Alchemy techniques - a non-silver based photographic method where paper is coated in emulsion and exposed in direct sunlight.
  • Critical thinking skills through the analysis of key historical, conceptual, ethical, and theoretical issues that underpin contemporary Photomedia practice.
  • Strong community, peer and student-mentor relationships - At UON, you will engage with like-minded individuals, expand your networks and explore your creative potential.



UON visual design and natural history illustration students enjoy strong industry engagement and real-world opportunities. They gain in-demand job skills through hands-on learning, often gaining positive reviews and winning awards for their creative output.

Students undertaking visual design and natural history illustration studies learn through hands-on practice using industry-standard equipment, cutting-edge laboratories and various purpose-built spaces.


Natural History Illustration students enjoy access to purpose-built facilities and industry-standard tools to gain practical skills.

Labs Specimen Collection and Wildlife Illustration lab - A $160,000 teaching and research asset
Anatomy laboratory
Plasmatic Research Lab (for animation production)
Computer labs with Adobe creative suite
Open space Co-Lab for group and collaborative work
  • Scientific drawing microscopes (with drawing tubes and ergonomic heads)
  • Digital capture compound microscope
  • Large format scanner and printer, Epson A3 scanners, 3D printer
  • Spray room for painting 3D models
  • Wacom Cintiqs
  • Large format Light tables
  • All day lockers


Our students gain strong industry experience, with many earning accolades recognising their talents and work-ready skills. Visual communication design students access cutting-edge, dedicated spaces and equipment, including:

Plasmatic Research Lab Stop motion animation space where design students develop creative output
Co-Lab Large collaborative co-working space
Computer labs 3 Mac OS X computer labs
Cutting-edge equipment
  • 3D printer
  • laser cutter
  • Adana letterpresses
  • Columbian proofing press
  • Eide format giclee printers



Practical experience is an integral part of music studies and students are primarily based at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music located in the University's City precinct. Within our highly creative performance and production spaces, students enjoy the most advanced music technology available.

Music facilities include dedicated teaching spaces, workstations, studios, labs, and performance venues such as the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, recognised as one of Australia's finest acoustic venues.


Students studying music will be based primarily at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in the University's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD, this location puts students in the midst of the town's cultural centre.


The Conservatorium is within easy walking distance of key local features such as the Newcastle Town Hall, Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall and Market Town shopping centre. Most importantly, you will be within easy access of live music venues - from Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and numerous surrounding galleries and other live venues.

Music students also enjoy access to the City Precinct library which houses a specialist collection focusing on classical European and Australian contemporary music as well as musical scores and collections in music therapy and ethnomusicology.


The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, which is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists as it is regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia . This 400 seat concert hall is also available for University staff and students, as well as members of the public to hire for private functions. Additionally, our creative production, recording and computer labs are available for all types of classes.

As well as providing lessons in classical music performance, we open our doors to all styles of music. You can often hear rock, jazz, pop, folk and electronic sounds emanating from our buildings.

CREATIVE Music Production Suite

Our Creative Music Production facility at the University's City Precinct campus is a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally.

Improvisation and music production skills are crucial for today's musicians, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area using state of the art music technology facilities, including:

PRODUCTION STUDIOSAudio production, recording, songwriting, film scoring and gaming
 Control room, recording rooms, editing booths and 20 individual workstations equipped with Apple iMac computers, Yamaha audio interfaces and Novation keyboard controllers.

Over 30 digital recording systems including:
- An analog recording studio
- Four mobile recording studios for onsite recording of music performances

  • Customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world
  • Various learning spaces including a seminar room and three rooms equiped with surround sound and a mastering suite
  • An extensive collection of software to accommodate audio production, music notation, music theory, video and visualizations.
  • Integrated ethernet audio network (using IPv6) providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world.
  • Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer.

Our cutting-edge recording studios are networkable to our performance and studio spaces including the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia.

UON's Newcastle City Precinct

THE NEWCASTLE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached via multiple bus routes and other public transport options. NEWCASTLE CITY PRECINCT

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