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Medical Illustration BFA

Glen Hintz, Administrative Chair
(585) 475-7562, facpgd@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/MedIll.html

Program overview

Combining art and science, medical illustrators provide visual support for the health science and medical instruction fields. From traditional carbon dust renderings to three-dimensional, animated digital imagery, medical illustration spans the fullest range of artistic media. Building on a foundation of drawing and design, students learn how to translate anatomical and surgical sketches into instructional illustrations, courtroom exhibitions, computer graphics, ads, and more.

The major combines the study of the visual arts with science, including gross anatomy. Through collaboration with area hospitals, students are able to draw from direct observation of operations in progress. Digital technology integrated into the studio environment enables students to create highly polished, sophisticated images and well-designed, interactive, educational media presentations that include motion graphics and sound.

Curriculum

Medical illustration, BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121, 122 2D Design I, II 6
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-141 4D Design  3
BIOM-111, 231 Human Biology I (SMTL) and Lab 4
BIOM-112, 232 Human Biology II (SMTL) and Lab 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education 0
Second Year
 ILLS-214 Anatomic Illustration 3
ILLM-507 Computer Applications In Medical Illustration 3
  Illustration Electives‡ 6
MEDS-250, 260 Anatomy and Physiology I, II 7
ARTH-135, 136 LAS Perspective 2, 3: Survey Western Art and Architecture I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 1, 4 6
Third Year
ILLM-501 Human Gross Anatomy 6
ILLM-502 Illustrating Human Anatomy 3
ILLM-503 3D Modeling Organic Forms 3
ILLM-508 Scientific Visualization 3
ILLM-506 3D Animation Organic Forms 3
  CIAS Studio Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
ILLM-512 Surgical Illustration 3
ILLM-515, 516 Contemporary Media I, II 6
ILLM-517 Portfolio and Business (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Electives§ 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Illustration electives include the following: Illustration I (ILLS-213), Digital Illustration I (ILLS-219), and Zoological and Botanical Illustration (ILLS-323).

§ CIAS Studio Elective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description.

Electives

Students may select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in graphic design, illustration, graphic visualization, industrial design, interior design, fine arts studio, environmental design, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, woodworking, filmmaking, photography, and imaging technology. To be eligible for these electives, students must complete the foundation program or have the permission of the instructor. Additional selections are offered as special topics courses.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

Course
ARTH-135 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I*
ARTH-136 Survey of Western Art and Architecture II*
ARTH-221 Contemporary Design Issues
ARTH-311 Art of Italy: 1250-1400
ARTH-312 Art of Italy: 1600-1750
ARTH-317 Art Florence and Rome: 15th Century
ARTH-318 Art Florence and Rome: 16th Century
ARTH-345 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture I†
ARTH-346 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture II†
ARTH-364 Art of Paris
ARTH-366 18th, 19th Century Art
ARTH-368 20th Century Art: 1900-1950
ARTH-369 20th Century Art: Since 1950
ARTH-373 Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-378 Baroque Painting in Flanders
ARTH-379 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
ARTH-392 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century
ARTH-457 Art and Activism
ARTH-521 The Image
ARTH-541 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-544 Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-550 Topics in Art History
ARTH-554 Late Medieval Art
ARTH-558 The Gothic Revival
ARTH-561 Latin American Art
ARTH-566 Early Medieval Art
ARTH-568 Art and Technology: Machine Aesthetic Cyborg
ARTH-572 Art of the Americas
ARTH-573 Conceptual Art
ARTH-574 Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-576 Modernism and Realism
ARTH-577 Displaying Gender
ARTH-578 Edvard Munch
ARTH-581 Russian Realist Art
ARTH-582 Medieval Craft
ARTH-583 Installation Art
ARTH-584 Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-586 Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-587 The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-588 Symbols and Symbol-Making

* This course is required for students in majors in the schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, and Photographic Arts and Sciences (BFA programs only).

† This course is required for students majoring in interior design and furniture design.

[arrow] Click to view program requirements in the Quarter Calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Medical illustration students learn to provide visual support for communications and instruction in medicine and allied health sciences. Graduating students rely on their course work in biology, anatomy, and art in their professional roles.

Curriculum

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

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2013-215 Foundation Vector Imaging 1
2013-216 Foundation Raster Imaging 1
  Freshman Electives 6
2013-211, 212, 213 Drawing I, II, III 9
2013-231, 232, 233 2D Design I, II, III 9
2013-241, 242, 243 3D Design I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
2019-311 Digital Illustration I 3
1001-201 General Biology 4
1004-212, 259 Human Biology II, III 8
Choose three of the following courses: 9
   2019-301    Illustration I  
   2019-306    Head, Hands, Facial Expressions  
   2019-323    Zoological and Botanical Illustration  
   2019-345    Illustration Techniques I  
   2021-xxx    Figure in Motion  
Third Year
  Art History Electives§ 9
  Studio Electives 6
  Open Elective 3-4
  Liberal Arts* 12
2020-431, 432 Human Gross Anatomy 8
2019-304 Anatomical Figure Drawing 3
2020-407 Anatomical Wet Media Illustration 3
2020-406 Anatomical Drawing and Illustration 3
2020-408 Computer Application Anatomical Illustration 3
  Anatomical Drawing II 3
2020-410 Anatomical Illustration Mixed Media 3
Fourth Year
  Studio Elective 3
  Open Electives 18-24
2020-501 Advanced Medical Illustration 3
2020-504 Surgical Drawing and Illustration I 3
2020-505 Surgical Drawing and Illustration II 3
2020-506 Computer Animation in Medical Illustration 3
2020-507 Marketing and Business Practices 3
2020-508 Medical Illustration Portfolio 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 189-196

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

§ Please refer to the list of art history electives.

Electives*

Students have the opportunity to select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in the following areas: graphic design, illustration, graphic visualization, industrial design, interior design, fine arts studio, environmental design, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, woodworking, filmmaking, photography, and imaging technology. To be eligible for these electives, students must complete the foundation program or have the permission of the instructor. Additional selections are offered as special topics courses.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design I
2039-307 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design II
2039-308 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-316 Florence and Rome 1400-1470
2039-317 Florence and Rome 1470-1520
2039-318 Florence and Rome 1520-1590
2039-320 History of Art Criticism
2039-330 Philosophy in Art
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making
2039-425 Public Art/Public Spaces
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Post Modernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-443 Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome