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Medical Illustration MFA

Rochester Institute of Technology
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
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Program description

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Medical Illustration MFA - Rochester Institute of Technology

Through this MFA program, students will gain the skills and advanced knowledge in life sciences and visual communication to become a medical illustrator. Students will work alongside scientists and physicians to transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public relations, legal cases and marketing.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to undertake this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor degree* in a field of the arts, sciences, or education from an accredited college. The undergraduate degree should include:
    • studio art courses
    • one year of general or introductory biology (for biology majors)
    • 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 a genuine, professional potential through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production
  • Demonstrate, through the submission of a portfolio, outstanding drawing skills, particularly the ability to draw subjects from direct observation.
  • Submit official transcripts of previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Complete a graduate application.

*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.

International students

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit one of the following minimum language scores:

  • 550 - TEFL (paper-based)
  • 80 - TEFL (internet-based)
  • 6.5 - IELTS

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Graduates of this program will be awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Medical Illustration.

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