Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Students are required to attain and demonstrate advanced academic and professional skills through continuing field and studio work. Production of a single-themed goal directed body of artwork plus related research and support material is required to successfully complete the prescribed components.

This course concentrates on the refinement of the research proposal, development of ideas and production of preliminary artwork.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. gain advanced skills in acquiring, organising and presenting visual information;

2. apply creative and innovative approaches to the visual interpretation of the natural world;

3. utilise experimental and practical illustration techniques;

4. apply technology relevant to the Natural History Illustrator;

5. instill the importance of commitment to the field of Natural History Illustration by providing students with individual pathways and learning outcomes.


Topics will be selected from

  1. Development of field methodology.
  2. Development of studio practice and skills.
  3. Research toward and production of a goal-directed body of artwork.
  4. Occupational health and safety in the studio and field.
  5. Contact with relevant professional organisations through visits and workshops.



This course replaces DESN4600. If you have successfully completed DESN4600 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Degree in Bachelor of Natural History Illustration, Fine Art, Visual Communication Design or related Science with Credit level average or above.

Assessment items

Project: Project Prototype