• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Alexandra Webb
    • AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
    • Elisa Crossing
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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MEDN2222 cannot be entirely adjusted for remote participation in 2021 and will include on-campus activities. Enrolment cap applies, see “other info”.

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 University'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. Apply 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. Due to limited places (26) students must register their interest online using the 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 merit and statement in EOI.

Registrations will open 1 February and close 31 March. Students will be notified of the outcome by early May.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Visual and reflective diary (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. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of
  • 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
  • Approximately 25 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, group work reports and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students learn how to represent anatomical features using visual arts, which requires students to:

·     Make and interpret visual observations.

Students who cannot meet this requirement will not be able to complete compulsory assessment tasks and therefore will not be able to complete the course.

Students also typically participate in a visual arts studio, which includes working with nude models and anatomy laboratories, in which they observe human cadavers and body parts. This requires students to be able to:

·     Safely attend anatomy laboratories and use visual arts materials.

·     Precisely manipulate visual arts equipment

·     Stand and lean over benches to make observations.

Students who cannot meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor. Please see the anatomy arts studio information page and the anatomy laboratory information page for more information.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2222.

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)

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an interest in human anatomy and art.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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
4620 02 Jul 2021 09 Jul 2021 09 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 In Person View

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