Medical illustration is an interdisciplinary field—a creative combination of the visual arts, the health sciences, education, and communications. Historically, its roots were fully evident by the Renaissance, as seen in the work of research anatomists and educators such as Andreas Vesalius and in the artwork of the great figurative artists such as Leonardo DaVinci. Today, medical illustration involves the conceptualization, planning, design, production, implementation and evaluation of visual solutions for complex communication and education problems in the life and health sciences. Medical illustration incorporates various media and techniques—from 2D artwork to 3D animation, from anatomical drawing to instructional games, and from molecular modeling to medical sculpture. Medical Illustrators are specially trained artist-scientists who produce visual solutions for complex communication or education issues in the health care industry. In short, medical illustrators visualize better health.
Entry into this unique field requires a talent for the graphic arts and visual storytelling as well as an affinity for science.
The Medical Illustration Graduate Program is housed in the Dept. of Medical Illustration, College of Allied Health Sciences. It is one of only three such accredited graduate programs in the country. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-medical-illustration.php
Progression & Graduation Requirements
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses taken to remain in the program.
- Students must complete 63 hours of curriculum coursework as well as pass the departmental comprehensive exam to graduate from the program.
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