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Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

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Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

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27th Apr 2015 11:54am

Program Code

11498

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

  • Callaghan Campus - 75.30

Recommended Studies

HSC Visual Arts and or Textiles and Design and or Design and Technology and or Senior Science and or Biology and or Geography or equivalent.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

If you have a love of drawing, are fascinated by the natural world and admire those professional illustrators who through their talent, skill and patience are able to bring to life a flower or a tiny beetle, then this is the degree for you. Designed to be a bridge between art and science, the degree program offers you a unique opportunity to visually interpret the Australian environment.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

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 Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 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

To complete the program students must pass courses totalling 240 units comprising:

  • 160 units of Core Courses;
  • 60 units of Directed Courses (chosen from a list of approved courses); and
  • 20 units of Electives courses (chosen from any unrestricted offerings at the University) found by searching other program outlines in the Handbook (e.g., Bachelor of Science program).

In addition:

  • No more than 100 units can be taken at 1000 level, and
  • At least 60 units of core and directed courses must be taken at 3000 level.

Transition Arrangements

In 2015 new codes are being introduced for the core discipline courses in Natural History Illustration. The majority of new 'NHIL' courses are equivalent to similar 'DESN' courses in the 2014 program.

Please note the equivalences below:

  • NHIL1001 is equivalent to DESN1520
  • NHIL1002 is equivalent to DESN1530
  • NHIL1003 is equivalent to DESN1550
  • NHIL1004 is equivalent to DESN1560
  • NHIL2001 is equivalent to DESN2530 and DESN2550
  • NHIL2002 is equivalent to DESN2520
  • NHIL2003 is equivalent to DESN2560 and DESN2710
  • NHIL3001A is equivalent to DESN3570A
  • NHIL3001B is equivalent to DESN3570B
  • NHIL3002 is equivalent to DESN3540
  • NHIL3003 is equivalent to DESN3560

At the 2000 level there are now three 'NHIL' courses, replacing the previous five 'DESN' courses. Two courses, NHIL2001 and NHIL2003 are 20 unit courses.

Students who have commenced their studies in the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration program prior to 2015 may elect to change to the new program where the courses completed under the pre 2015 are directly equivalent to courses in the new program structure, particularly at the 2000 level.

Students who commenced their studies prior to 2015 may complete their studies under the program structure in which they initially enrolled.

  • Students cannot count DESN1102 with DESN1300.
  • Students cannot count DESN1111 with DESN1311.
  • Students cannot count DESN3006 with DESN3300.
  • Students cannot count ENVS2004 with BIOL2070.
  • Students cannot count ENVS2005 with EMGT2040.
  • Students cannot count ENVS2006 with EMGT2050.
  • Students cannot count ENVS3003 with EMGT3030.

For students who have commenced this program prior to 2010, you are advised to contact your Program Advisor or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.


Program Structure

Core Courses

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

DESN1111Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1112Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL1001Natural History Field Studies 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL1002Title Natural History Studio Studies 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL1003Natural History Field Studies 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL1004Natural History Studio Studies 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL2001Advanced Field Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
NHIL2002Natural History Theoretical Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL2003Scientific Illustration Methods and Applied Studio Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL3001ANatural History Illustration Major Project - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL3001BNatural History Illustration Major Project - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL3002Natural History Illustration Dissertation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NHIL3003Natural History Illustration External Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

AART1500Introduction to 2-Dimensional Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART1600Introduction to 3-Dimensional Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
AART1700Photomedia
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
BIOL1070Introduction to Biology II
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
ENGL1201Creative Reading and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

ABOR2022Aboriginal Cultural Immersion
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ABOR2243Indigenous People, Global Warming and the Environment
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
BIOL2020Animal Physiology and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2302Photographic Construction and Art Direction
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2801Animation 1: Design for Animation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2802Animation 2: Animation Production
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology and Management of Australian Flora
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology and Management of Australian Fauna
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2300Marine Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2410Coral Reef Experiences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

AART3130Museology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART3250The Print as Object
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART3350Soft Sculpture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART3430Alchemy
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART3452Light
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and Physiology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3230Digital Graphic DesignNot currently offered10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
INFT3302Multimedia and Animation
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and Sustainability
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about Honours please follow the link below:http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-natural-history-illustration-honours/handbook


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing and life long learning across a range of relevant technical, theoretical and practical domains of Natural History Illustration knowledge and practice.
  • Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of specific methods of Natural History Illustration with application to: servicing fields of science, contemporary professional practice and the representation of broader histories and theories of culture and knowledge.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the development of: a technically competent illustration skill-base, and in approach to research and problem solving through applied fieldwork methodology and studio-based enquiry.
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in a professional and ethical manner, in developing conceptual and creative solutions related to: the development of a Natural History Illustrative resource, scholarly outcomes (including an ability to communicate effectively through a range of verbal, written, presentation and exhibition skills.) and cultural and community initiatives (including education and conservation).
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of fieldwork methods employed in observing, recording and visually interpreting the natural world. A developed experience-based fieldwork methodology is integral to: professional practice, the development of original imagery and practice-based research for the Natural History Illustrator.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the suitability of traditional and digital illustration methods in contemporary forms of print and screen-based publication, including: the digitisation of traditional works, digital Image editing and rendering and image supply and file format considerations.
  • 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

A feature of this program is the use of block teaching. Within the structure of the semester, individual courses are divided into two teaching blocks.


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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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