• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • 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 Spring Session 2020
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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 the College of Arts and Social Sciences and The College of Health and Medicine. Sessions are delivered at the Medical School anatomy facility and the School of Art and Design, Foundation Studies studios. A peer mentoring process will be established between science students with a background in anatomy and 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

This course will be held in a Winter Session during late June to mid July. Places are limited to 26 due to the exhibition and workshop. Students must register their interest online at expression of interest form. Please include a short paragraph of why you want to take this course and what you expect from undertaking it. Selection will be based on grade and statement in EoI.

Registrations will close on 31 March and students will be notified of the outcome by early May.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Visual and reflective diary - to be submitted 1 week after the completion of the course (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Projects generated during the course, including the independent project exhibited at the conclusion of the course. (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Active participation (online, in-class, exhibition set-up and pack-down) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course runs intensively for 3 weeks during the winter session:

  • Day 1: Induction and NGA Visit
  • Days 2-9: At least 6 hours scheduled teaching (3 hours studio/laboratory-based teaching and workshop) per day, conducted in the Medical School Anatomy facility and the School of Art and Design.
  • Days 10-13: At least 6 hours per day independent studio work
  • Days 14-16: At least 6 hours per day independent studio work and exhibition set-up, mounting and pack-up

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU Medical School 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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9629 20 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 11 Dec 2020 In Person View

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