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Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

Handbook

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Program Code

11498

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 483550 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration degree program (Program Code 11498) is a Level 7 AQF compliant undergraduate coursework program.

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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/apply-for-a-degree for information on how to gain entry.

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/future-students/high-school-students/getting-in to see if you may be eligible.


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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. 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 your new program, please go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/credit-transfer-and-cross-institutional-enrolment/ and click on how to apply for credit.


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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


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In third year, students will undertake a major project in an area of interest. Students can choose to undertake projects with external organisations such as the Australian Museum, Australian Reptile Park, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Wetlands Centre.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before commencing their studies or early in their first trimester. 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 & consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/disability-support for more information.


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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.

Please note: No more that 100 units in total at 1000 level will be counted towards the award.

Please also note that most 2000 and 3000 level courses require previous studies in specific courses.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/study-skills

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. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/indigenous-student-support


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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration program is offered by the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time).

Natural History Illustration is a communication vehicle which lends itself to both conceptual and commercial applications by visually interpreting the natural world. The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration program is the only program of its kind in Australia and is designed to be a bridge between art and science. This art form is used to clarify information and by the application of research methodology it can be applied to areas such as landscape design, anthropology, taxonomy, palaeontology, botany, horticulture, anatomy, fabric design, ecology, environmental philosophy and education.

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.

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In 2015 new codes are being introduced for the core discipline courses in Natural History Illustration. The majority of new ‘NHIL’ course 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.


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Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
DESN1111Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images

Not to count with DESN1311.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1112Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images

Not to count with DESN1200

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL1001Natural History Field Studies 1

Not to count with DESN1520

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL1002Natural History Studio Studies 1

Not to count with DESN1530

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL1003Natural History Field Studies 2

Not to count with DESN1550

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL1004Natural History Studio Studies 2

Not to count with DESN1560

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
AART1500Introduction to 2-Dimensional Studies

Not to count with AART1230 or AART1240

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART1600Introduction to 3-Dimensional StudiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART1700PhotomediaSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal StudiesSemester 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

Not to count with BIOL1040. Students must choose either BIOL1001 or BIOL1040.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems

Not to count with BIOL1070 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1

Not to count with BIOL1070 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001. Students choose BIOL1040 or BIOL1001.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
BIOL1070Introduction to Biology II

Not to count with BIOL1002, BIOL1003 or BIOL1050

Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)20 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
ENGL1201Creative Reading and WritingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
NHIL2001Advanced Field Studies

Not to count with DESN2530 and DESN2550

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
NHIL2002Natural History Theoretical Studies

Not to count with DESN2520

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL2003Scientific Illustration Methods and Applied Studio Practice

Not to count with DESN2560 and DESN2710

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from 2000 level Directed courses.
ABOR2022Aboriginal Cultural ImmersionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR2243Indigenous Peoples and the EnvironmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
BIOL2020Animal Physiology and DevelopmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2302Photographic Construction and Art DirectionSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2801Animation 1: Design for AnimationSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2802Animation 2: Animation ProductionSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology & Management of Australian Flora

Not to count with EMGT2040

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

Not to count with EMGT2050 or SRMT2040

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2300Marine BiologySemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI2410Coral Reef Experiences

Not to count with MARI3410

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession

Not to count with DESN3300.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL3001ANatural History Illustration Major Project - Part A

Not to count with DESN3570A

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL3001BNatural History Illustration Major Project - Part B

Not to count with DESN3570B

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL3002Natural History Illustration Dissertation

Not to count with DESN3540

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NHIL3003Natural History Illustration External Project

Not to count with DESN3560

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from 3000 level Directed courses.
AART3130Museology and Professional Arts PracticeSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3250The Print as ObjectSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3340Paper as FormSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3350Soft SculptureSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3430AlchemySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3452LightSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and PhysiologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3230Design for New MediaNot currently offered10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
INFT3302Multimedia and AnimationSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and Sustainability

Not to count with MARI2410

Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units