Natural History Theoretical Studies

Course code DESN2520Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course builds on the historical and theoretical context of Natural History Illustration in Australia introduced in DESN1550 and DESN1560 and investigates the broader aspects of its international origins, influences and relationships. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in research, analytical and written documentation methodology and seminar presentation.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesStudents successfully completing this course will develop:

1. An historical and theoretical basis for the contemporary study of Natural
History Illustration and its application to visual communication, fine art and the sciences.
2. The ability to communicate effectively through a range of verbal and written skills.
3. Small business and marketing principles for the Natural History Illustrator.
4. An understanding of the role and function of Natural History Illustration in society
5. A research methodology specific to Natural History Illustration theory.
6. A commitment to the study of Natural History Illustration

Please note that Faculty and Primary program fields will be amended when the new program code is available.
ContentThe course will be divided into two blocks during which the following may be included:
1. The history of Natural History Illustration and Graphics
2. Contemporary Natural History Illustration and its application to the sciences
3. The history of techniques and processes
4. Wildlife photography
5. New technologies and their application to Natural History Illustration
6. Museums and collections
7. Library research - developing a literature search
8. Environmental ethics
9. Paper presentation
10. Copyright and contracts
11. Conserving and presenting artwork
12. Applying for grants
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeDESN 1550
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for DESN2520