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Visualizing Science & Medicine

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is a leader in the field of visual communication for science and health care. Built on a strong foundation of scientific knowledge, artistic technique, and clear visual communication, the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine has maintained the highest standards while embracing new medical, scientific, and communication technologies.

Today, Art as Applied to Medicine educates future medical illustrators through a two-year, accredited, Master of Arts program in Medical and Biological Illustration. Concurrently, our faculty produces illustrations, animations, and graphic design for the medical, research and publishing communities. An anaplastology clinic within the Department also creates facial and somatic prosthetics for patients and offers a one-year training program in clinical anaplastology.

About Our Graduate Program

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine was endowed in 1911 and has been teaching medical illustration continuously. In 1959, the Johns Hopkins University approved a two-year graduate program leading to the University-wide degree of Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration.

The program is conducted by the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine on the East Baltimore Campus of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI). The academic calendar, faculty and student affairs are administered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Department has trained medical illustrators for 100 years. The program has been granted full accreditation since 1970. It is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI). Today, its graduates continue the Hopkins "tradition of excellence" into the 21st century.

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News & Announcements:

November 10, 2015
Digital Media © Edwin Choi

New Website – New Sample Portfolio!

We are very excited to be launching a new and responsive website. Yes, your mobile phones and small tablets can now access information on our graduate program. I am also very pleased to present the new Sample Portfolio page. Like the one on the old site, the new Sample Portfolio has wonderful examples of the kind of art our faculty hope to seen in an admissions portfolio. An important change from the old site is representative images from all 5 Portfolio Categories: General Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Media, Graphic Design and Digital Media. For the first time, you can see examples picked by faculty from the Digital Media category. As with our old website, the faculty have chosen art of accepted students created while directly observing the subject matter. They strongly prefer direct observation over photo reference. Also like the old site, the Figure Drawing section has the most examples. The faculty ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings (i.e. a higher minimum than any other portfolio category). For more on the Portfolio Guidelines, check the Admissions Page or my last Blog Post. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – medart-info@jhmi.edu or Request […]
October 22, 2015
Figure Drawing © Tara Rose

Portfolio Guidelines – a second look

With the Portfolio upload site going live November 1, now is the perfect time to take a second look at the Portfolio Guidelines. What do the faculty want to see in the Portfolio? They want to see artists with the skills and techniques that can readily be applied to a didactic medical illustration.  The main goal of a good medical illustration is to teach a concept to a specific audience with accuracy and clarity. Realistic proportions and perspective, understanding light and form, directing the viewer’s eye, and rendering various textures convincingly work together to represent what is directly observed in a believable and informative visual. Just like in a good medical illustration, a tightly rendered figure or life drawing can accurately represent the subject/object(s) being closely observed. Good proportions and perspective, cast light, shadow, and various textures that look believable will work to convey to your viewers what you directly observed with detail and accuracy. What should I avoid in the Portfolio? The admissions faculty highly recommend avoiding physiological, anatomical, surgical or medical subject matter in the Portfolio. At first, this might seem counter-intuitive, “When applying for medical illustration graduate school shouldn’t I send samples of this kind of art?” Here’s […]
October 21, 2015
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Tim Phelps Receives 2015 Brödel Award for Education

All his current students and many alumni were in attendance at the AMI Awards Banquet in Cleveland on July 24 as Tim Phelps was honored for his long-term outstanding educational contributions to the profession of Medical Illustration. A slide show including quotes and artwork of many of his students highlighted Tim’s contributions and generosity in teaching and mentoring many, many graduate students and members of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Congratulations, Tim!  Photo credit: Ted Kucklick