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Medical Illustration



Medical Illustration MFA

Semester Requirements

Program overview

The MFA program in medical illustration combines in-depth training in digital media, instructional technology, visual communications, and the biomedical sciences. Students integrate technology and visual problem-solving skills to communicate complex topics in biomedical sciences and health care to a variety of audiences. Graduates find careers in scientific visualization, medical animation, pharmaceutical and biotech marketing, scientific publishing, and litigation support.


Medical illustration, MFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

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

MEDS-630                Human Immunology                                                          3

MEDS-615                Medical Pathophysiology                                                  3

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


Second Year

ILLM-615                  Interactive Media I                                                            3

ILLM-612                  Surgical Illustration                                                           3

ILLM-616                  Interactive Media II                                                           3

ILLM-617                  Portfolio and Business Practices                                    3

MEDS-620                Histology and Histopathology                                        4

ILLM-890                  Thesis                                                                                 9

                                  Studio Elective                                                                  3

Total Semester Credit Hours                                                                         60

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 coursework, 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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