See detailed program information about the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) degree at the University of Newcastle.

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)


Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)

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1st Dec 2015 11:38am

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


Relevant University rules and policies



The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) is a one year full-time or equivalent part-time program designed to encourage creative, innovative and scientific approaches to the visual interpretation of the natural world.

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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must have completed a bachelors degree or four year diploma in Illustration, Fine Art, Design or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (Credit Grade Point Average overall) calculated from:

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if that degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

No more than two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.

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

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - To apply for entry to this Honours program you will need to apply directly to the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. You need to download and complete two forms: - Direct Admissions Application form; and - Faculty of Science and Information Technology Honours Application Form (End-On Honours). Application forms and instructions on how to apply are available at Applicants may also be requested to attend an interview and present a portfolio of artwork.

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

The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) program is offered by the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and is completed over one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time).To complete the program, students must pass courses totaling 80 units at 4000 level form the list of Approved Courses.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced in the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) part time prior to 2015 will complete their studies under the program structure in which they initially enrolled.

Program Structure

Core Courses

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

NHIL4001Natural History Illustration Honours A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
NHIL4002Natural History Illustration Honours B
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
NHIL4003Natural History Illustration Honours C
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
NHIL4004Natural History Illustration Honours D
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units


There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge related to the analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific, studio and field information relevant to the Natural History Illustration discipline
  • Advanced understanding of discipline related research methodology, terminology and practical application of techniques related to Natural History Illustration. High level of technical competence and related skills as a foundation for research Higher Degree study and to support life-long learning
  • Applied understanding of the relevance of the theoretical and historical context of Natural History Illustration. Ability to communicate effectively on an advanced level through a range of verbal, written, presentation and/or exhibition skills
  • Acute knowledge of professionalism and ethics in the context of Natural History Illustration. Acute awareness of Studio and laboratory based occupational health and safety issues
  • Demonstrated capability to design an Honours project and through research apply focused creative and innovative approaches to the visual interpretation of the Natural World. Recognise and utilise new technologies within the discipline of Natural History Illustration
  • A level of cultural awareness and appreciation of issues related to bio-diversity and the environment

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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