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Medical Illustration MFA

Program overview

A medical illustrator is a progessional artist with advanced education in the life sciences and visual communication. Collaborating with scientists and physicians, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public relations, legal cases, and marketing efforts.

The MFA program provides training in the biomedical sciences, the principles of visual communication, and a variety of digital media including 2D illustration, 3D computer modeling, animation, and interactive media. Students produce a thesis, which involves independent research and visual problem-solving to communicate a complex scientific subject.


Medical illustration, MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ILLM-601 Human Gross Anatomy 6
ILLM-602 Anatomic Studies 3
ILLM-603 3D Modeling of Biomedical Forms 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   HCIN-660    Fundamentals of Instructional Technology  
   HCIN-610    Foundations of Human Computer Interactivity  
   VCDE-711    Design Theory and Methods  
ILLM-606 3D Animation of Biomedical Forms 3
ILLM-607 Computer Applications in Medical Illustration 3
ILLM-608 Scientific Visualization 3
ILLM-890 Thesis 1
  Studio Elective 3
  Science Elective 3
Second Year
ILLM-615 Interactive Media I 3
ILLM-612 Surgical Illustration 3
  Studio Electives 6
ILLM-616 Interactive Media II 3
ILLM-617 Portfolio and Business Practices 3
ILLM-890 Thesis 9
  Graduate Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 61

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA in medical illustration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Illustrator, medical media artist


Illustration of many subjects, biological, production of medical visuals, medical research centers, textbook publishing, medical associations, pharmaceutical firms, law firms.

Recent Employers

Self Magazine, Advocate Healthcare, Allison Legal Graphics, Design Pointe Communications, Boston University, Rodale Press

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