Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
selection rank
Course start date
Newcastle City Precinct 483550 CSP 3F/EqP <5 <5 25 Feb 2019


The only degree of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few in the world. This degree brings together three main subject areas – art, science and the environment and humanities. 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; digital imaging: computer, digital tablet, 2D (computer) and 3D modelling.

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.

While most components of this degree are delivered from the Newcastle City Precinct location, some practical components may be delivered from the Newcastle – Callaghan campus.

Areas of study: Natural history illustration. Recommended elective studies include biological science, digital media design, environmental science, fine art, graphic design, interactive media, print technology.

Career opportunities: Animator, archaeological illustrator, artist, botanical illustrator, children's book illustrator, concept/gaming artist, exhibition designer, fabric designer, illustrator/graphic designer, medical illustrator, museum/art gallery curator, scientific illustrator, tattoo artist, researcher in areas such as archaeology, botanics, medicine and science.

Practical experience: Access to facilities like the Specimen Collection and Wildlife Lab, the Cultural Collections and the Anatomy Labs. Through the applied project courses, students connect with industry organisations such as the Australian Museum, Australian Reptile Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Department of Primary Industries, Office of Environment and Heritage, Hunter History Initiative, HMRI and similar organisations. These projects allow students to develop an industry network and a professional portfolio. 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.

Fees and charges: Visit the UON website for current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the UON website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission: visit the UON website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the UON website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at UON. Visit the UON website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

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Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2018–19 admissions period.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the UON website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2018)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
483550 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2019 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2015 to 2017) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank