See detailed program information about the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

Handbook

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Program Code

11498

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 480745 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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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/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ 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/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


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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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ 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.


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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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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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 reasonably 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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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 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/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/

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.


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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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There was a program revision to the degree in 2013 as a result of a revision to the B Visual Communication Design program, and changes are being implemented effective 2014. Core courses DESN1300 and DESN1311 were replaced by new core courses DESN1102 and DESN1111, respectively. In the third year of the program, DESN3006 will replace DESN3300.

  • Students who have successfully completed DESN1300 must not enroll in DESN1102. Students who have not successfully completed DESN1300 must take new core course DESN1102.
  • Students who have successfully completed DESN1311 must not enroll in DESN1111. Students who have not successfully completed DESN1311 must take new core course DESN1111.
  • Students who have successfully completed DESN3300 must not enroll in DESN3006. Students who have not successfully completed DESN3300 must take new core course DESN3006.

Students who commenced the degree in 2013 will be automatically transitioned to the revised 2014 structure, unless they advise the University in writing of their intention to remain in the pre-2014 program structure. These students are now required to take 30 units of directed courses at 2000 level and 10 units of directed courses at 3000 level. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should consult with the Program Officer to obtain individual enrolment and transition advice.

For students who commenced their enrolment in the program prior to Semester 1, 2012 the following transition arrangements will apply:

  • Students who have successfully completed BIOL2070, EMGT2040, EMGT2050 or EMGT3030 will be able to count them as a directed course.
  • Students who have not yet successfully completed these courses and wish to do so will be able to enrol in their replacement courses ENVS2004, ENVS2005, ENVS2006 or ENVS3003.

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


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
DESN1102Graphic Design in Practice

Not to count with DESN1300.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1111Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images

Not to count with DESN1311.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1520Natural History Field Studies 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1530Natural History Studio Studies 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1550Natural History Field Studies 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1560Natural History Studio Studies 2Semester 2 - 2014 (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 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
AART1600Introduction to 3-Dimensional StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART1700PhotomediaSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
BIOL1050Introduction to Biology II

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
DESN1112Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images

Not to count with DESN1200.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENGL1201Creative Reading and WritingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (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.
DESN2520Natural History Theoretical StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2530Natural History Field Studies 3Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2550Natural History Field Studies 4Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2560Natural History Studio Studies 4Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2710Scientific IllustrationSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from 2000 level Directed courses.
AART23003D Art: Concept and TechnologyNot currently offered10 units
AART2400Photomedia: Studio to BureauNot currently offered10 units
AART2410Photomedia: Constructing with LightNot currently offered10 units
DESN2302Photographic Construction and Art DirectionNot currently offered10 units
DESN2730Digital Scientific IllustrationNot currently offered10 units
DESN2801Animation 1: Design for AnimationNot currently offered10 units
DESN2802Animation 2: Animation ProductionNot currently offered10 units
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology & Management of Australian Flora

Not to count with EMGT2040

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

Not to count with EMGT2050 or SRMT2040

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2300Marine BiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI2410Coral Reef Experiences

Not to count with MARI3410

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession

Not to count with DESN3300.

Not currently offered10 units
DESN3540Natural History Illust DissertationSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3560Natural History External ProjectSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3570ANatural History Major Project: ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3570BNatural History Major Project: BSemester 2 - 2014 (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 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3250The Print as ObjectSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3340Paper as FormSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3350Soft SculptureSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3430AlchemySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
AART3452LightSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and PhysiologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3230Design for New MediaSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
INFT3302Multimedia and AnimationSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and Sustainability

Not to count with MARI2410

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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)