Find out about the exciting career opportunities for graduates of the natural history illustration degree at the University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration will have:

1. In-depth knowledge related to the analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific, studio and field information in a visual format.

2. Applied understanding of discipline-related research methodology, terminology and practical application of techniques related to Natural History Illustration.

3. An understanding and appreciation of the theoretical and historical context of Natural History Illustration.

4. Ability to communicate effectively through a range of verbal, written, presentation and exhibition skills.

5. An understanding of professionalism and ethics in the context of Natural History Illustration.

6. Capacity to apply creative and innovative approaches to the visual interpretation of the natural world.

7. Awareness of new technologies and their potential application to the discipline.

8. Awareness of studio and laboratory-based occupational health and safety issues.

9. A level of cultural awareness and appreciation of issues related to bio-diversity and the environment.

10. High level of technical competence and related skills as the foundation to support life-long learning.

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Careers by major

The following list provides some example jobs for graduates of the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration. While this is a fairly unique and specialised qualification, graduates are able to find opportunities in a range of areas such as publishing, education, scientific research and development facilities, libraries, galleries, museums, archaeological and fossil sites, botanic gardens, or with anthropologists, scientists, and taxonomists.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the level of study undertaken and level of experience, for example some may require further study.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Practical experience Achievers