Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide students with experience in the visual interpretation of human anatomy into scientific illustrations, with a specific focus on the medical sciences. Projects are designed to develop technical skills, research methods, fieldwork skills, lab practices and studio practices including a range of traditional and digital illustration methods that pertain to professional scientific illustration practice. This course provides opportunity for WIL and authentic assessment with students’ works potentially serving as teaching aids, or dissemination pieces for active research.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2021.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): NHIL2004. Students who have successfully completed NHIL2004 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2050.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Formulate a proposal for an individual anatomical and medical research project

2. Interpret and analyse data from wet- labfield studies

3. Effectively communicate the processes utilised in individual illustration projects.

4. Identify and apply scientific illustration methodology to produce anatomical and medical project outcomes.


  • Scientific illustration techniques (traditional and digital)
  • Drawing from prepared specimens
  • Anatomical and medical illustration methods and materials
  • Medical laboratory protocols and conduct
  • Human anatomy
  • Illustrated resource development
  • Professional practice in the medical illustration industry
  • Health and Safety issues related to anatomical and medical illustrators 


If you have successfully completed NHIL2004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

DESN1040, DESN1200.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation 10%

Portfolio: Portfolio 40%

Project: Project 50%

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.