Natural History Illustration
At the University of Newcastle, a comprehensive set of degree programs have been established catering to all levels of study in Natural History Illustration. Below is information about the undergraduate degree programs, and progressing from these are options for an Honours Year, Postgraduate Coursework and Postgraduate Research degrees.
Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
Natural history illustration is a flexible and diverse discipline that seeks to observe, record and visually interpret the environment. Bringing together three main subject areas - art, science and the environment - the Bachelor of Natural History Illustration is an opportunity for you to combine your interests in these areas and launch a rewarding career.
Natural history illustration uses a combination of traditional illustration techniques, multimedia and visual imaging to represent the natural environment in creative and innovative ways. Central to this is sketching, photographing and collecting specimens in the field, and the development of the drawing and technology skills required to work as a professional illustrator.
The difference between natural history illustration and other art forms lies in the meticulous attention to detail and scientific accuracy that the discipline demands. Whether observing a specimen in the field or studying it under a microscope in the studio, natural history illustrators must produce an accurate representation of the subject as well as a beautiful image. This commitment to scientific truth makes natural history illustration uniquely suited to visually support the sciences.
With the increasing awareness of global environmental issues, there has never been a time when the recorders and interpreters of the natural environment are most needed. Natural history illustrators support the role of scientists by clarifying and communicating scientific findings visually, allowing the information to reach a far wider audience.
If you have a passion for science, ecology and the environment, and an interest in their visual representation, why not consider a career in one of the diverse fields opened up by this degree program?