Is natural history illustration for you?
The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration is a unique degree which allows students to study the natural environment and its visual representation. The only degree of its kind in Australia, it is designed to be a bridge between art and science and will appeal to students who wish to visually represent the unique Australian environment.
What is natural history illustration?
Natural history is the systematic or scientific study of natural objects. Natural history illustration is an essential part of natural history; it clarifies and communicates scientific findings visually, allowing information to be more effectively and widely communicated.
Three main subject areas
Our degree brings together three main subject areas – art, science and the environment – and is an opportunity for you to combine your interests in these areas and launch a rewarding career.
Art – 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.
Science – 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.
Environment – 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.
The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration is the only one of its kind offered in Australia. Graduates are among just a handful worldwide who can illustrate with absolute accuracy across a diverse range of fields, including medicine, taxonomy and archaeology.
All our staff are practising professionals in their field and regularly display their works in exhibitions across the country.
Our degree is recognised internationally, with students coming to Newcastle from as far a field as Greece, the United States, the United Kingdom and Bermuda.