The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook


The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) is a one year full-time or equivalent part-time program designed to encourage creative, innovative and scientific approaches to the visual interpretation of the natural world.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Advanced knowledge related to the analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific, studio and field information relevant to the Natural History Illustration discipline
  • Advanced understanding of discipline related research methodology, terminology and practical application of techniques related to Natural History Illustration. High level of technical competence and related skills as a foundation for research Higher Degree study and to support life-long learning
  • Applied understanding of the relevance of the theoretical and historical context of Natural History Illustration. Ability to communicate effectively on an advanced level through a range of verbal, written, presentation and/or exhibition skills
  • Acute knowledge of professionalism and ethics in the context of Natural History Illustration. Acute awareness of Studio and laboratory based occupational health and safety issues
  • Demonstrated capability to design an Honours project and through research apply focused creative and innovative approaches to the visual interpretation of the Natural World. Recognise and utilise new technologies within the discipline of Natural History Illustration
  • A level of cultural awareness and appreciation of issues related to bio-diversity and the environment


Information correct as at6 Dec 2019 3:10 AM
Program code11532
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Selection Rank

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD34,265 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Industries
  2. School of Design, Communication and Info Tech
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code065377G

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Credit transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) program is offered by the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and is completed over one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time).To complete the program, students must pass courses totaling 80 units at 4000 level form the list of Approved Courses.

Transition arrangements

Students who commenced in the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) part time prior to 2015 will complete their studies under the program structure in which they initially enrolled.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
NHIL4001Natural History Illustration Honours A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
NHIL4002Natural History Illustration Honours B
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
NHIL4003Natural History Illustration Honours C
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
NHIL4004Natural History Illustration Honours D
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units


There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.