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First Year Coursework
Communications Media: Photography
Communications Media: Graphic Design
Continuous Tone Illustration
Design of Instructional Programs
Digital Lab Essentials
Digital Imaging I - Vector and Raster Illustration 1
Digital Imaging II - Raster Illustration 2
Digital Imaging III - 3D Modeling and Animation
Digital Imaging IV - 2D Animation
Digital Imaging V - Vector Animation and Interactivity for the Web
Editorial & Conceptual Illustration
Pen & Ink Illustration
Second Year Coursework
:: 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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|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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|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...
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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...
Professional portfolio and exhibition preparation and presentation, includes effective negotiation in a professional environment. Sandone, Fairman and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...
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.
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