College of Art and Design
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Rochester, NY 14623
Master of Fine Arts in Medical Illustration
Medical illustrators are specially trained artists with advanced education in the biomedical sciences, cutting edge digital media, and the principles of visual communication. Collaborating with scientists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, medical illustrators translate complex scientific information into visual images that support medical education, science research, patient care, advertising, and litigation.
RIT’s graduate program in Medical Illustration is one of only five such programs in North America and the only program in the Northeastern U.S.. The two-year program combines training in human anatomy (with complete cadaver dissection), histology (the cellular structure of organs), and pathophysiology (the study of disease) with extensive training in 2D and 3D digital graphics, interactive media, and animation. Illustration projects are designed for use in print, projection, broadcast media, and distribution via the web and mobile devices.
The program emphasizes visual problem solving, determining the best approach to communicate a difficult concept. Students also gain real world experience collaborating with medical researchers and observing live surgery in the operating room. The program culminates with the production of a thesis project, which requires extensive background research and an original body of artwork on a complex medical topic.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.
# of Credits Required: 61
Classification: Master's College or University I
Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.
Locale: Large Suburb