The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide students with experience in the visual interpretation of scientific illustration, with a specific focus on human anatomy and the medical sciences. Topics are designed to develop technical skills, research methodologies, fieldwork skills, lab and studio practices, including a range of techniques and materials that will stimulate contemporary scientific illustration practice. Emphasis will be placed on developing vocational and professional practice knowledge.


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. Formulate a proposal for an individual research project

2. Interpret and analyse data from lab-based field studies

3. Present progress on project concept and associated research

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


The development of individual student projects will be conducted within a framework of specified fieldwork, lab, professional practice and studio methods with an emphasis on associated research.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  1. Scientific illustration techniques (traditional and digital)
  2. Drawing from prepared specimens
  3. Anatomical and medical illustration methods and materials
  4. Medical laboratory protocols and conduct
  5. Human anatomy
  6. Illustrated resource development
  7. Health and safety

Assumed knowledge

NHIL1001, NHIL1002, NHIL1003 and NHIL1004 or 1000-level Fine Art or Science courses.

Assessment items

Presentation: Project 1 Presentation of Project Concept - 10%

Project: Project 2 Concept Development Folio - 40%

Project: Project 3 Illustrated Medical Resource 50%