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Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
18,150 GBP
Start dates
18,150 GBP
September 2020

18,150 GBP
September 2021

18,150 GBP
September 2022

Program description

Medical Art

Medical art encompasses a wide range of applications from patient communication and information to medical teaching and training.

It is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to help explain their products and in the court room to help lay jury members understand complex topics.

Medical artists produce work in a wide range of media including traditional illustrations, as well as interactive 3D models, and animations.

The course starts by giving you a strong foundation in anatomy, observational drawing, and anatomical illustration skills, before moving on to more specialised modules in the second semester.

You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs with a range of experts and will be introduced to more specialist software enabling you to create 3D interactive models, animations and virtual reality experiences.

You'll be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds such as anatomy, as well as experienced medical art supervisors. Our staff work closely with the NHS, the Institute of Medical Illustrators, and the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in art/design or related medical/anatomical science.

A portfolio of artwork demonstrating competency across both traditional and digital media. You should submit between 10-15 images including a number of examples from direct observation, such as life drawing or portrait sculpture. You will be invited to upload your portfolio after we receive your application.

Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 5

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Anatomy: Head and Neck
  • Research Methods
  • Anatomy: Body Systems
  • Life Art
  • Medical Art 1: Contemporary Theory and Practice
  • Medical Art 2: Communication and Education
  • MSc Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Career opportunities

Our alumni have gone on to work in the following fields:

  • NHS medical illustration departments producing patient information and illustration services for staff
  • E-learning in medical schools
  • 3D model making (including clinical/surgical skills trainers) companies
  • Digital art and animation studios
  • Publishing houses
  • Illustration studios
  • Medico-legal artwork
  • Freelance illustration and fine art applications
  • Special effects and the media/film world
  • Academia – teaching or research
  • PhD research

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University of Dundee

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