The Medical Illustration Graduate Program is one of only three such programs in the country. The first accredited masters degree program, it has a track record of producing award winning students and alumni.
The program emphasizes anatomical and surgical illustration for print and electronic publication. Our students learn a variety of traditional illustration techniques and principles during their training. Computer technologies and digital techniques are extensively integrated into the curriculum. Our students study communication theory and illustration techniques, and take graduate-level science courses, such as gross anatomy and cell biology, with the medical students. They also learn professional production techniques for interactive communication media and animation. In addition, they spend time each week in the operating room observing and sketching.
Visual problem-solving is a crucial skill for the professional medical illustrator. Throughout the curriculum, the faculty work with the students to develop their problem-solving abilities. In addition to formal classes, seminars and lectures, our students learn by hands-on performance, by participating in project critiques, and by cultivating creative thinking in peer-to-peer interactions. To better prepare our students to be productive in the rapidly evolving world of communications, class assignments are designed to give them not only theoretical knowledge but practical experience as well.
Financial aid is available. Graduate students use the standard application process for federal aid, scholarships, and the HOPE Scholarship Programs (if applicable). As a graduate student, you may qualify for scholarships, loans, and employment.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Medical Illustrators are specially trained artist-scientists. Entry into this unique field requires not only a talent for the graphic arts and visual storytelling but also an affinity for science. Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university.