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Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

MFA Medical Illustration
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in the biomedical sciences

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of human anatomy, molecular biology, physiology, and related biomedical sciences

Visualize scientific structures, processes, and concepts

  • Visualize and accurately render anatomic, tissue, cellular, and molecular structures
  • Illustrate physiological processes and abstract scientific concepts through visual storytelling

List instructional objectives to communicate biomedical content to a variety of target learners

  • Identify the target learners (audience) for each set of instructional illustrations
  • Describe the level of scientific literacy of each group of target learners
  • Create a set of instructional objectives for each instructional illustration

Solve complex communication problems with appropriate application of verbal & visual content, realism, symbolism, graphic conventions, and motion or interactive media.

  • Select the most appropriate medium for delivery of content to target learners
  • Select appropriate level of realism, symbolism, & graphic conventions for optimal delivery of instructional objectives to target learners

Utilize a variety of media and production techniques in appropriate applications and understand production processes sufficiently sufficiently to communicate with pre-press companies, art directors, etc.

  • Create artwork in a variety of media
  • Select the appropriate dimensions, color space, resolution, file format, and other criteria for delivery to client
  • Use industry standard terminology when discussing production and output processes

Communicate effectively with clients, subject matter experts, co-workers, supervisors, and vendors in oral and written form

  • Use correct anatomic and medical terminology when discussing scientific content

Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical conduct

  • Describe HIPAA regulations regarding the use of patient information
  • Follow operating room protocols at affiliated hospitals
  • Describe U.S. and international copyright laws and how they apply to the use of reference materials
  • Describe copyright infringement and the criteria for determining Fair Use

Demonstrate awareness of established business and management practices

  • Describe standard employment practices in the profession   
  • Describe business models and taxation of independent illustrators
  • Describe pricing strategies and calculate prices for illustration projects      
  • Create a personal identity package and marketing materials 
  • Generate sample contracts, licensing agreements, and invoices

Demonstrate competency in the academic research process through a graduate research project or thesis

  • Conduct background research on a proposed biomedical topic        
  • Develop a set of instructional objectives to deliver the topic to a specific group of target learners           
  • Create a body of artwork to meet the instructional objectives 
  • Exhibit the body of work during one of the thesis shows or at a screening of digital media productions  
  • Complete a written thesis paper summarizing the project
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