Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)


Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

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9th Oct 2015 5:14pm

Program Code


AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face


Domestic - 1 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 1 years full time.

Term Type


Contributing Schools

Relevant University rules and policies



Students who perform well, with a GPA of 5 or greater, during the Bachelor of Fine Art degree may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.

On the Callaghan Campus, Honours level courses are available in: 2-D Art (Painting/Drawing, Printmaking); 3-D Art (Ceramics, Fibres/Textiles, Sculpture); Photomedia; or Art History/Theory.  The program offers high quality facilities in all studio areas including a metal casting foundry, paper making mill and the only facility in any institution in Australia that manufactures paints, pastels and watercolours on campus.

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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants need to:

  • satisfy requirements for admission to the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Fine Art of the University of Newcastle with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, or to any other degree approved by the Faculty Board, at an approved level, with a major study in the nominated area of studio/theory specialisation; and
  • submit a written statement explaining the proposed program of study. Applicants must nominate the specialisation in which they wish to pursue the program.

In the event that places in the program are limited, candidates shall be admitted on the basis of merit.

Domestic Students- please complete both the Faculty of Education and Arts End-on Honours application form and the Direct Admission Application form, which are available at:

International Students please visit

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit Transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time or part time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

Full-time enrolment (80 units per year) will enable program completion in one year. Students may complete the program over two years of part-time study. Part-time students should seek advice from the relevant Program Officer when enrolling to ensure that correct sequencing of course selection.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

AART4110Honours A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
AART4120Honours B
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
AART4130Honours C
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
AART4140Honours D
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to create; produce original artwork to a high professional standard in a variety of contexts.
  • The ability to problem solve and/or have advanced critical insights within the relevant artistic situation.
  • The ability to act independently and/or competently curate exhibitions and art events.
  • The capacity to converse effectively and to a high standard in a variety of fine art contexts using a range of communication strategies and technologies.
  • The ability to demonstrate to a high level a critical and scholarly appreciation of fine art and aesthetic issues from an historical, social, cultural and theoretical perspective.
  • The ability to liaise and operate within various arts organizations and the arts industry.
  • The ability to act as an advocate for arts communities and professional bodies.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

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