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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Natural History Illustration1 Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 483550 3F/EqP 75.30 23 Feb 2015 21 Jan 2015

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Recommended studies: One or more of Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology, Senior Science, Biology, Geography.

Major studies: Natural history illustration. Minor studies: Recommended elective studies include biological science, digital media design, environmental science, fine art, interactive media, print technology and graphic design.

Practical experience: Field and studio studies. Field trips take advantage of the unique local flora and fauna, while studio studies provide technical illustration skills.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to meritorious students. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers and may provide entry into a research career.

Career opportunities: Examples include employment in the publishing, display, education or exhibition fields, scientific institutions and educational institutions, libraries, galleries, museums, at archaeological or fossil sites, in botanic gardens, for anthropologists, scientists and taxonomists.

Additional information: This is the only degree of this kind in Australia and it provides a bridge between art and science. Graduates are among just a handful worldwide who illustrate for a diverse range of areas including medicine, taxonomy and archaeology. Students will learn aspects of field observation, data collection and traditional and multimedia studio techniques (drawing: observational, anatomical, scientific (all mediums); painting: watercolour, gouache, acrylic, oil; and digital imaging: computer, digital tablet, 2D (computer) and 3D modelling.

Student exchange program: Students with a credit grade point average are encouraged to take advantage of international student exchange opportunities. Studying overseas for one or more semesters can provide students with an invaluable experience for making professional contacts, discovering research opportunities and developing international dialogue.

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