Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Provides students with theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to undertake a Natural History Illustration research project. This is developed through interactive dialogue, discussion of historical links, specialist lectures, studio and fieldwork. Students acquire research methodology through lectures, presentation of seminars and student projects.


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. Demonstrate the acquisition of research skills and the ability to carry out research activities related to Natural History Illustration;

2. Demonstrate academic writing skills;

3. Demonstrate the ability to think logically, laterally, critically and creatively; analyse and synthesize;

4. Demonstrate the ability to develop a logical and well presented argument;

5. Demonstrate project planning skills;

6. Demonstrate seminar presentation skills.


  1. Visual and oral presentation skills.
  2. Research methods and research methodology
  3. Analytical and critical evaluation of visual and written material.
  4. Contextual review.
  5. Academic writing.


This course replaces DESN4610. If you have successfully completed DESN4610 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

Presentation: Project Pitch

Proposal / Plan: Research and Production Schedule

Project: Research report