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Medical Illustration MFA

Semester Requirements

James Perkins, Graduate Program Director 
japfaa@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/graduate-programs/medical-illustration/

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.

Curriculum

Medical illustration, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of the arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited college. The undergraduate degree should include studio art courses, one year of general or introductory biology (for biology majors), and a minimum of three advanced biology courses, such as vertebrate anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, or pathology.
  • Demonstrate, through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production, a genuine, professional potential,
  • Demonstrate, through the submission of a portfolio, outstanding drawing skills, particularly the ability to draw subjects from direct observation.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System may be submitted in place of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required. Those applicants coming from countries where the baccalaureate degree is not awarded for programs in the practice of art may be admitted to graduate study if the diploma or certificate received approximates the standards of the BFA, BA, or BS degrees, and if their academic records and portfolios indicate an ability to meet graduate standards.

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Program overview

The MFA program in medical illustration enables students to exhibit critical and creative thinking and problem solving through the accurate translation of medical and scientific concepts into effective visual support for instruction or advertisement. Students utilize effective research techniques and demonstrate efficient use of time and resources during concept and development of projects to satisfy course assignments.

Curriculum

Medical illustration, MFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2020-781 Medical Illustration Topics I 3
2020-784 Medical Illustration Topics II 3
2020-731 Human Gross Anatomy I 4
2020-732 Human Gross Anatomy II 4
2014-701 Survey: Computer Graphics 2
2020-782 Medical Illustration Graphics 3
2020-783 Anatomical Studies 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   2020-753    Medical Legal Illustration  
   2020-767    Molecular Illustration  
2020-890 Medical Illustration Thesis 1
  Science Elective 4
  Humanities 8
  Open/Studio Electives 12
Second Year
2020-785 Surgical Procedures 3
2020-780 Surgical Procedures II 3
2020-751 Computer Animation and Interactivity I 3
2020-890 Medical Illustration Thesis 13
  Open/Studio Electives 18
Total Quarter Credit Hours 90

Admission requirements

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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of the arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited college. The undergraduate degree should include studio art courses, one year of general or introductory biology (for biology majors), and a minimum of three advanced biology courses, such as vertibrate anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, or pathology.
  • Demonstrate, through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production, a genuine, professional potential,
  • Demonstrate, through the submission of a portfolio, outstanding drawing skills, particularly the ability to draw subjects from direct observation.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System may be submitted in place of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required. Those applicants coming from countries where the baccalaureate degree is not awarded for programs in the practice of art may be admitted to graduate study if the diploma or certificate received approximates the standards of the BFA, BA, or BS degrees, and if their academic records and portfolios indicate an ability to meet graduate standards.