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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

Students who perform well, with a GPA of 5.0 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.

Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • 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.

Campus Information

Newcastle - Callaghan

The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle - a city named as one of the world's top 'Smart Cities' to watch in 2017 by Global magazine National Geographic Traveler.


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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

Admission requirements
Applicants need to:

  • hold a 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.

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