Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on the development of illustration skills, methods and approaches used in industry for visualisations within the sciences. A range of applied tasks and projects will enable the development of finished artworks using traditional and digital media. These projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group/collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): NHIL2003. Students who have successfully completed NHIL2003 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2060.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Collect field/lab resources and compile contextual research relevant to a specified topic

2. Select appropriate methods and procedures of scientific illustration relevant to a specified topic

3. Effectively communicate the processes utilised in individual projects

4. Use traditional and digital scientific illustration methods, techniques, media and materials


  • Scientific illustration: traditional and digital methods, techniques, media and materials
  • Drawing from the microscope
  • Image composition and the development of formal illustration plates
  • The study and illustration of scientific subjects and concepts
  • Health and safety issues related to the scientific illustrator


This course replaces NHIL2003. If you have successfully completed NHIL2003 you cannot enrol in DESN2060.

Assumed knowledge

DESN1121, DESN1200

Assessment items

Journal: Journal 1 15%

Project: Project 1 35%

Journal: Journal 2 15%

Project: Project 2 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-6 and Weeks 8-12.

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.