Natural History Illustration
Why Study Natural History Illustration?
Natural History Illustration is a diverse discipline that brings together the subject areas of art, science and the environment. With the increasing international spotlight on environmental issues, there has never been a time when recorders and interpreters of the natural environment were most needed.
This discipline entails the use of an array of traditional and multi-media illustration techniques to visually record specimens in high fidelity. This commitment to anatomic accuracy provides much needed support to the biological sciences, facilitating in the communication of science to a wider audience.
The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle is the only one of its kind in Australia and offers a well-rounded programme through a combination of field and studio work. With an emphasis on paying meticulous attention to detail, our graduates are highly sought after and have gone on to win prestigious awards in illustration.
What will I study?
The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration is a specially tailored programme delivered through a series of studio studies and field trips. This hands-on approach prepares students for rewarding careers in areas related to museum work, medical illustration, archaeology, and environmental conservation.
Therefore, throughout the programme, students will learn to:
- Develop field observation techniques
- Illustrate using a range of painting and drawing mediums
- Render anatomically accurate sketches
- Use laboratory equipment as tools for observation
- Photograph specimens
- Identify flora and fauna
- Ethically collect specimens from the field
- Appreciate and understand regional biodiversity
- Study habitats
Additionally, students will also be building up their own illustration portfolios throughout the programme, amassing a body of work that can be used to secure employment upon graduation.
Students interested in a career in academia will have the opportunity to develop their research skills and conduct their own original research through the Honours programme.
Getting Ahead at UoN
Our staff and students are consistently recognised for their excellence in scientific and wildlife illustration, producing award-winning work that is highly regarded in Australia and around the world.
Students can also exhibit their works throughout the year at the University of Newcastle and annually at Eden Gardens in Sydney.
Awards and Prizes
The School of Design, Communication and Information Technology believes in giving students every opportunity to distinguish themselves even before graduation. Our partnerships with regional and national organisations and benefactors have resulted in the establishment of a number of awards recognising the achievements of outstanding students.
- Graham Gilchrist Natural History Illustration Prize
- Australian Geographic Natural History Illustration Prize
- Tina Offler and John Patrick Botanical Illustration Prize
In addition, other prizes that have been awarded to past graduates include:
- Australian Entomological Society Illustration Award
- Margaret Senior Wildlife Award
- William Fletcher Trust Grants
- Jill Smythies Prize