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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Master of Philosophy (Fine Art)

Why a PhD or Research Masters in Fine Art at Newcastle?

Fine Art incorporates studios in photomedia, sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fibres and textiles, and art history/theory. The University of Newcastle encourages cross-and trans-disciplinary practice, new media and reflexive practice.

PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from our national and international reputation in creative work, scholarly research and teaching.

Newcastle's studios and teaching spaces are second to none, including state-of-the-art photomedia facilities, airy painting studios, the only university foundry on the east coast of Australia, over a dozen kilns, as well as printing and papermaking machines.

Graduate research students get the chance to materialise their ideas using technology they otherwise couldn't access, such as our laser cutter or paint labs. Our dedicated student gallery, Watt Space, also offers students the opportunity to exhibit in Newcastle city centre.

Fine Art at UON has a strong record of engagement with practice as research, the art/science nexus, arts/health, and community engagement.

Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • material studies
  • museology
  • queer studies
  • feminism
  • the abject
  • art and environment
  • art and science
  • trace
  • place and memory
  • digital media and multi-media practice

Methodologies include practice as research, as well as trans- and cross-disciplinary methodologies.


  • June
  • Jan

Application Processing Time in Days: 21

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

(1)To be considered for admission to the University, Higher Degree by Research applicants will be required to:

have met the relevant English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Proficiency Policy.
have satisfied the minimum academic requirements described in the relevant Award and Program Schedules;
have met any other additional admission requirements that may be prescribed  by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation);
be a minimum of 16 years of age at 1 March of the year of admission. Applicants under the age of 16 years may apply directly to the Vice-Chancellor for consideration.

(2) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to prescribe additional admission requirements when considering an admission to candidature. This may include a requirement for the applicant to undertake an examination(s) or carry out such work as prescribed.

(3) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to refuse admission to candidature when appropriate supervision and resources are not available. Whether appropriate supervision and resources are available will be determined by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on recommendation from the School.

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