When you study natural history illustration at the University of Newcastle, you will learn traditional and digital illustration techniques.

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

What you will study

Natural History Illustration StudentThe Bachelor of Natural History Illustration degree uses a range of traditional and modern techniques to represent the natural environment in creative and innovative ways. No prerequisite in drawing is necessary but some experience will be an advantage.

When you study the natural history illustration degree, your lectures and tutorials will combine field observations and data collection with studies in our studio where you will learn traditional and digital illustration techniques plus specialised laboratory applications. You will also:

  • Develop field observation techniques
  • Ethically collect specimens from the field
  • Identify flora and fauna
  • Illustrate using a range of painting and drawing mediums
  • Photograph specimens
  • Produce anatomically accurate sketches
  • Study habitats
  • Use laboratory equipment as tools for observation.

In the third year of the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration you will be able to complement your studies through a major project in your area of interest. You will also complete your project with external organisations such as the Australian Museum, Australian Reptile Park, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Wetlands Centre. This project will help you to develop professional links and your portfolio.

If you perform well in your Bachelor of Natural History Illustration you are encouraged to undertake another year of study to obtain an Honours degree,  which will give you a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects.

For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration, please refer to the handbook.

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