• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Geography, Geology, Health, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Alexandra Webb
    • AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
    • Elisa Crossing
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to anatomy through visual arts, using an integrated approach. Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge and visual comprehension of the structures that compose the human body and develop communication skills relevant to both disciplines. The structure and function of the body will be explored and put in context using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and processes including live and anatomical models. The course will be co-taught by academics in CASS and CMBE and delivered at the Medical School anatomy laboratory and the School of Art, Foundation Studies studios. A co-mentoring process will be established using postgraduate Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) students, with a background in anatomy, and postgraduate visual art students.  Applying a blended learning model this course will take advantage of the ANU’s online learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the structures of the human body, and their relationships and functions, using appropriate anatomical terminology.
  2. Demonstrate original exploration of visual arts materials and process in the context of anatomical studies
  3. Application of visual arts processes to communicate their understanding of anatomy to a range of audiences
  4. Evaluate and reflect upon knowledge and skills gained using relevant terminologies and techniques

Other Information

The next course will be held from 28 June to 19 July 2019.  This is in Winter Session. To register interest in this course for 2019 please fill in an expression of interest form.

Please include a short paragraph of why you want to take this course and what you expect from undertaking it.

Registrations will close on March 31 2019. We hope to notify applicants the outcome of their registration by early May 2019.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The assessment for this course is comprised of the following: (null) [LO null]
  2. 20% Visual and reflective diary (LO 1-4) - to be submitted 1 week after the completion of the course (20) [LO null]
  3. 70% Projects generated during the course and presented to the cohort and staff at the end of the course (LO 1-4) - to be presented and exhibited 1 week after the completion of the course (70) [LO null]
  4. 10% Participation (online and in-class) (LO 1-4) (10) [LO null]

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Up to 5 hours scheduled teaching (lecture with studio- and laboratory-based work) per day conducted in the Medical School Anatomy Laboratory and the School of Art.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function, and Movement. Valerie L. Winslow. Watson-Guptill (December 23, 2008)




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6466 28 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019 05 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 In Person View

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