The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The course provides students with foundation level skills and experience in field and lab-based visual recording and interpretation of natural environments, with application to scientific illustration. There is a specific focus on the botanical sciences. Projects are designed to develop technical skills and methods of observation, contextual research, fieldwork and studio practices including the use of a range of relevant techniques, media and materials.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 3 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Devleop skills in fieldwork and lab practices related to botanical drawing.

2. Develop skills in botanical scientific drawing. methods and procedures.

3. Practice the preparation and care of collected specimens for use in scientific illustration

4. Interpret and analyse data from field studies.


The development of individual student projects is conducted within a framework of specified fieldwork, lab practice, professional practice and studio methods, with an emphasis on associated research. In order to consolidate and clarify the development process for botanical illustration students will develop a body of research and technical experimentation in the form of a journal. Topics covered in the course will include:

  1. Scientific illustration techniques
  2. Drawing from the microscope
  3. Botanical illustration methods and materials
  4. Specimen collection and preservation methods
  5. Species identification and taxonomy
  6. Health and Safety

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 Botanical Fieldwork - 40%

Project: Project 2 Layout Development and Compositional Drawing - 30%

Project: Project 2 Botanical Illustration finished tonal drawing - 30%