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    GRADUATE DEGREE requirements


    :: A candidate's period of attendance in the program will be no less than 18 months. Transfer graduate students must register a minimum of two consecutive semesters as full time residents.

    :: Certification by the Department Chair that all requirements have been fulfilled.


    :: Each candidate must successfully complete all courses offered, and must submit a thesis on a subject approved by the Department Director. The completed thesis must be approved by a university qualified preceptor as worthy of acceptance in partial fulfillment of requirements for the M.A. degree. The candidate's standing will be reviewed by the Committee on M.A. and Ph.D. Programs before being recommended for degree.

    :: Students who receive three unsatisfactory grades may be dropped from the program. Students who receive more than six credits with grades of C or lower are placed on academic probation.

    :: Students must satisfactorily complete courses in Human Anatomy offered by Functional Anatomy & Evolution; Biophysics and Cell Physiology of the Scientific Foundations of Medicine curriculum, and Comparative Pathobiology offered by the Department of Molecular & Comparative Pathobiology.

    :: Students must outline their thesis research and consult with their preceptor by the first quarter of the second year. The thesis will include original investigation with expository illustrations or sculpture (3D modeling, animation, web interface or equivalents).

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    COURSE descriptions

    First Year Department of Art as Applied to Medicine Courses

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    120.703 Color Illustration
    Rendering of scientific subject matter with emphasis on form, texture, and tissue color matching methods. Sandone and Rini. One quarter. Read more...

    120.704 Anatomical Dissection and Sketching
    An introduction to human anatomy through a series of regional dissections. Augmented by autopsy. Details recorded through sketching with emphasis on form, surface detail and anatomical accuracy. Rini, Schon. One quarter. Read more...

    120.708 Media Reproduction
    Introduction to reproduction methodology, specifications for copy, and art preparation for print and non-print media. Lees and Dieter. One quarter. Read more...

    120.709 Continuous Tone Illustration
    Continuous tone rendering of medical and biological subjects. Assignments in a variety of media with individually researched topics. Rini and faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    120.710 Pen and Ink Illustration
    Pen and ink rendering developed by sequential exercises and projects. Phelps and Suk. One quarter. Read more...

    120.711 Presentation Visuals
    Standards, techniques, and color media used for preparing effective digital presentation visuals. Lees and Weaver. One quarter. Read more...

    120.714 Editorial and Conceptual Illustration.
    Conceptual approach to illustration utilizing brainstorming and problem solving skills to effectively interpret and illustrate manuscripts and clinical or anatomical concepts. Phelps and faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    120.715 Biological Illustration
    Application of illustration techniques to biological, botanical, and natural science topics. Phelps and Whitaker. One quarter. Read more...

    120.716 Medical Sculpture
    Materials and techniques used in producing instructive three-dimensional medical sculpture and rehabilitative facial prostheses. García. One quarter. Read more...

    120.717.1 Communications Media - Photography
    Skills laboratory providing hands-on experience in camera and lighting techniques, reproducing art in color and black and white with both analogue and digital media. Hands-on working in a photo lab environment. Barker. One quarter. Read more...

    120.717.2 Communications Media - Graphic Design
    Skills laboratory providing hands-on experience in design, layout, typography and desk-top publishing. Jones. One quarter. Read more...

    120.718 Digital Lab Essentials
    An overview of the essential hardware, software, and peripheral devices for the production of digital images. Concepts of system-level operations, digital resolution, and modalities of remote communication. Instruction in basic concepts of system-level operations and working knowledge of various modalities of remote communication. Fairman Read more...

    120.719 Illustrating Anatomy
    Sketching from the cadaver and application of illustration techniques, coordinated with gross anatomy dissection schedule. Emphasis on relationships and accuracy in surgical and radiological approaches. Augmented by autopsy, specimens, and text references. Lees and Rini. One quarter. Read more...

    120.720 Digital Imaging I
    Technical aspects of digital art production using vector and raster-based digital imaging applications. Fairman. Two quarters. Read more...

    120.721 Digital Imaging II
    Creating digital artwork for print media and projection media: two-dimensional color still images. Fairman and Suk. One quarter. Read more...

    120.722 Digital Imaging III
    Theory and techniques for creating 3D models and animations for distribution as electronic files and videos. Bliss and Blum. One quarter. Read more...

    120.723 Digital Imaging IV
    Theory and techniques for creation of dynamic animation optimized for electronic presentation media. Fairman. One quarter. Read more...

    120.807 Design of Instructional Programs
    Instructional design process, project planning and development. Hands-on experience as instructional designer, project manager, programmer, illustrator, animator, user-interface designer and end user. Altemus, Freedman, and visiting faculty. One quarter. Read more...

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    Basic Science Courses

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    110.601 Human Anatomy
    An integrated coverage of functional human anatomy including cadaveric dissection, clinical and basic science lectures, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions. Includes developmental anatomy. (Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution). Drs. Teaford, Weishampel, Richtsmeier, Rose, Ruff, DeLeon and Faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    680.701 Comparative Pathobiology
    This combined lecture and laboratory (microscopy) introduction to comparative pathobiology of the major organ systems. Pathology and pathopysiology themes that are tared across many species are covered, particularly those relevant to mouse genetic models and human disease. (Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology). Dr. Huso and staff. One quarter, alternate years. Read more...

    Scientific Foundations of Medicine - Biophysics
    This course addresses, through a combination of lecture, journal clubs, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions, advanced biophysical principles including: protein structure, enzyme mechanisms and inhibition; lipids, membrane and carbohydrates; DNA replication, recombination and repair; bacterial and eukaryotic transcription; RNA processing, translation and the genetic code. Dr. Lorsch and faculty. One quarter.

    Scientific Foundations of Medicine - Cell Physiology s
    Through lecture, discussion groups, virtual microscopy labs and clinical correlations, advanced cell physiology topics are covered. Includes: an overview of organelles; cytoskeleton, cell cycle and division; endocytosis, chaperones and membrane trafficking; transport proteins; signal transduction, growth control and cell death; electrophysiology and muscle; extracellular matrix and connective tissue. Dr. Robinson and faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    Second Year Department of Art as Applied to Medicine Courses

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    120.724 Digital Art V
    Vector Animation and Interactivity for the Web. Theory and techniques for the design and creation of dynamic vector animation and interactivity, optimized for electronic presentation media, including Web and CD or DVD presentation. Fairman and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    120.750 Surgical Illustration
    Illustration of surgical procedures from operating room sketches for medical education. Lees, Phelps, Rini, and Sandone. One semester. Read more...

    120.751 Ophthalmological Illustration
    Intensive review of gross and microscopic anatomy of the orbit. Survey of ophthalmological surgical procedures. Special illustration techniques presented. Introduction to the use of patient examining instruments. Bartner and Garc�a. One quarter. Read more...

    120.754 Research and Thesis
    Original investigation under preceptor and department advisor. Lees, Phelps, Rini, Sandone and faculty. One semester. Read more...

    120.755 Business Policy for the Medical Illustrator
    Design and management of functional illustration production units. Practice in analyzing problems of the visual artist and formulating practical solutions. Ferrante-Iqbal and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    120.756 Operating Room Sketching
    Introduction to operating room protocol, observation and recording of surgical procedures. Lees, Phelps, Rini, and Sandone. One quarter. Read more...

    120.757 Scientific Communication
    Principles of effective oral and written presentation. Exercises include a grant proposal, oral presentations and review of publications. Poynton. One quarter. Read more...

    120.758 Portfolio
    Professional portfolio and exhibition preparation and presentation, includes effective negotiation in a professional environment. Sandone, Fairman and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...

    Elective Studies

    Students select from the following courses with the approval of the Director. Hours and course content to be arranged with the instructor. Click a Course's Title to read its description.

    120.801 Advanced Projects in Illustration
    Special projects in editorial and conceptual illustration. Lees and faculty. Read more...

    120.813 Independent Study
    Students may arrange independent study with a faculty member with the approval of the Director and scheduled during any quarter of the second year as an overload. Lees and faculty.

    Seminars are offered throughout the year introducing topics pertinent to the profession. Sample topics: Illustration Ethics, Electronic Publishing, Web-based Learning, Virtual Reality, E-commerce, Intellectual Property, Artists' Rights and Art Pricing. Department faculty and guest lecturers. Rini coordinator. Read more...

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    art July 2015

    The 2015 Alumni Dinner will be held at the Market Garden Brewry... read more

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    Jackie Kustan awarded the 2015 Inez Demonet Scholarship... read more

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    Thesis Presentations will be held at 2:30pm , May 1st 2015... read more

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    Jeff Day awarded the Alan Cole Scholarship, Class of 2015 all VT winners!... read more

    art July 2015

    Save the Date! July for the 2015 Annual Alumni Dinner... read more

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    Mesa Schumacher receives the 2014-2015 Reather Award... read more

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    Jeff Day awarded the 2014-2015 Netter Scholarship... read more

    art July 2014

    James Abraham Interviewed on ABC News... read more

    art May 2014

    Eduardo Arias has successfully completed the supervised training program in Clinical Anaplastology/Facial and Ocular Prosthetics... read more

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    Christopher Smith Awarded Inez Demonet Scholarship for 2014... read more

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    NEW portfolio submission process using SlideRoom.com... read more

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    Corinne Sandone has been appointed Director of the Graduate Program in Medical and Biological Illustration... read more

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    On May 23 at the annual Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Convocation Dr. John Cody received the Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing him a distinguished Hopkins alumnus... read more

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    Graham Johnson will present as 2013's Samson Feldman Scholar ... read more

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