Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station

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UNSW Courses

Fowlers Gap is the venue for field camps in some courses. Please note that Fowlers Gap is not the enrolling authority - follow the links below for enrolment information. Currently field camps are held at Fowlers Gap in two UNSW courses:

 

BIOS3161 Life in Arid Lands

Forty-four percent of Australia is desert and a further 37% is semi-arid grassland or shrub communities. These arid lands contribute much to our unique biodiversity. We examine the history of the formation of the Australian arid lands, their characteristics relative to other arid parts of the world, the evolutionary history of the flora and fauna, adaptations of plants and animals to arid environments, the major arid lands ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity. We apply biological knowledge to issues of land degradation, salination of soils, dryland farming, feral animal control and wildlife management for a sustainable future. A field trip to Western NSW is an essential part of the course and students will incur expenses.

Assumed knowledge: BIOS2051 and BIOS2031 or BIOS2061 or equivalent knowledge of the systematics and morphology of animals and plants.

SART2845 Drawing/Painting Workshop, Field Studies

This course is designed to enable students to experience the practical applications of a concentrated time in the field, drawing and painting a range of visual motifs derived from a first hand encounter with a specific landscape. By working en plein air from direct observations, this course will deal with the natural world as a source of ideas and inspiration and the practical solutions to working outside the studio environment. Students will also be required to use the material gathered in the field in developing studio work.

In addition, Study Abroad offers a course to overseas students that includes a 3-day visit for Fowlers Gap.

 

Art in the Outback

‘Art in the Outback’ is a six-week program, based at UNSW Art and Design campus in Sydney, Australia. The program also includes extensive field trips – from Kakadu National Park in Australia’s ‘top end’; to the outback of far western New South Wales, and finally to Cairns and the Daintree Rainforest, on the Great Barrier Reef. The program is divided into practical and academic components. The practical element is designed to enable students to experience the practical applications of a concentrated and extended time in the field, drawing and painting from a range of visual motifs. These will be derived from a first-hand encounter with a specific landscape and environment. By working from direct observation, this course will encourage students to deal with the natural world as a source of ideas and inspiration while enabling them to discover the practical solutions to working outside the studio environment. Students will be challenged to use the material they have gathered in the field to develop studio work back in Sydney. The academic segment has been designed to complement and provide a background to the concepts dealt with in the practical sessions and in the field.

UNSW students need to be enrolled in an appropriate program to take any of these courses. Other appropriately qualified Australians have options to take these courses through Non-Award Enrolment (Voluntary or Cross-Institutional enrolment). Appropriately qualified non-Australians have the option to take these courses through appropriate study programs as an International Exchange student through the Study Abroad program.

The Station welcomes other institutions who wish to conduct field instruction at Fowlers Gap or to develop research programs and linkages for students and staff. Currently field instruction is undertaken in courses run by the Monash, Adelaide and Australian National Universities.