Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

University of Newcastle

This Bachelor of Natural History Illustration degree at th eUniversity of Newcastle is a One-of-a-kind degree: the only Natural History Illustration degree in Australia and one of only a few in the world. The study of Natural History Illustration brings together three main subjects - art, science and the environment, with careers in areas such as medical illustration, archaeology, botanics and environmental conservation. The Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at UON is for drawing and digital illustration enthusiasts who are fascinated by the natural world. The degree is designed to be a bridge between art and science, relying on scientific accuracy and meticulous attention to detail. Students study a variety of interdisciplinary courses, learning a range of traditional and modern techniques enabling students to creatively bring objects to life through artistic representation. Students build up an illustration portfolio with assignments, showcases and projects with partners, creating a body of work for Graduation. Work opportunities exist in areas such as publishing, education, medicine, scientific research, archaeology, libraries, galleries and museums. UON has world-class facilities including the Specimen Collection and Wildlife Lab. Studies are mostly taught through studio learning and field trips. Learn from teachers who are well-known illustrators and work on your major project with our industry partners, including the Australian Museum, Australian Reptile Park, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Wetlands Centre. Students gain real-world experience through industry placement opportunities and embedded authentic experiences throughout the program.

Course Fee:

International: $98,835

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; selection based on ATAR or equivalent. Recommended year 12 study: any of Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology, Senior Science, Biology or Geography; or approved TAFE studies, or another preparatory program, such as Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug; Selection via ATAR or equivalent


240 units: 160 units of compulsory courses, 60 units of directed courses, and 20 units of electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Natural history illustration

Study Pathways:

Credit may be available to students who have completed a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students. Postgraduate coursework and research degrees are also possible.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Newcastle City Precinct No info No Full time 3 years
Newcastle City Precinct No info No Part time 6 years

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