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  • An undergraduate degree (B.A., B.S. or B.F.A.) demonstrating high academic achievement. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional.

  • Exemplary science preparation (comparable to pre-med) is required of all applicants with one semester in each of the following courses:
    :: General Chemistry :: at a level for science majors,
    :: Vertebrate Anatomy :: * with mammalian (cat) dissection lab,
    :: Vertebrate Physiology :: * including organ systems,
    :: Upper-level Biological Sciences :: At least one of the following specific sciences: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology (Embryology), Histology, Molecular Biology, or Immunology.

    *A two semester course in Human Anatomy and Physiology may be substituted for both courses

  • A strong art portfolio demonstrating ability to realistically render observed subject matter in the following:
    :: Drawing :: Realistic drawings created from direct observation expressing form in space, light on form, and a variety of surface textures. Examples should demonstrate skilled draftsmanship, ability to render detail, and should include still-life arrangements and animal and plant studies.
    :: Figure Drawing :: Advanced studies of the human figure drawn directly from the model. Examples should include both long and short poses and may be rendered in a variety of media.
    :: Graphic Design :: Layouts that integrate image and typography for a pre-selected format and audience. Client-oriented visual communication projects.
    :: Color Media :: An accomplished use of transparent watercolor, opaque paint media, and colored pencil should be included. Landscape and still-life subject matter rendered in a representational manner should demonstrate accurately matched colors creating form and depth.

    :: Digital Media :: A competency in use of digital media (for example, experience with raster, vector, 2D or 3D applications).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with at least one course in English composition.

    The students enrolled in our program represent an even split between biology/pre-med majors and fine art majors. We evaluate art preparation on the portfolio, not grades. We evaluate science achievement by the student's transcript, considering final grade and the level and rigorousness of each course. The students enrolled in our program take medical school courses with the Johns Hopkins medical students and are held to the same standards for testing and lab performance. We need to be sure our applicants are qualified to pass these challenging courses and perform rigorous thesis investigations in order to receive their Master of Arts degree from this institution. We do not require GRE scores. We screen applicants very carefully for excellent preparation and grades in undergraduate science coursework, to set them up for success at the graduate level.

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    A class of seven students is selected each year to matriculate in early August.

    Step One - Portfolio

    After reading the specific portfolio requirements (on this website), interested candidates submit a 20-image Portfolio and complete an Applicant Profile form online between November 1st and January 15th of the admission year using the link below. There is a $10 fee to submit the online Portfolio / Applicant Profile. The last day to submit is January 15th.

    Use this NEW link to submit your Portfolio and complete the Applicant Profile: http://hopkinsmedart.slideroom.com/

    Step Two - Application

    Following the January 15th Portfolio due date, the Admissions Committee will notify all candidates who qualify for final consideration, will provide access to the online application web site, and will invite them for a personal interview to review the original art from their portfolio. On the day of interview, candidates will also tour the Department and medical campus, meet informally with off-site faculty, and have lunch with the current students.

    Due dates for the application and supporting documents are provided at the time the interview date is set and are no less than three days prior to the interview date. Detailed information about the application is included in the online application instructions. The following supporting documents are requested with the application:

    1. Three letters of recommendation. At least one from a science instructor and one from an art instructor
    2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    3. Statement of interest in the program.
    4. Application fee.

    Candidates may be asked to bring additional artwork. All candidates are asked to bring a sketchbook, if they keep one, to share with the Committee.

    Final admission status notification is provided no later than April 15th.

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    Using the following link, a digital Portfolio may be submitted along with an Applicant Profile beginning November 1st; the deadline is January 15th for enrollment the following August.

    Submit a Portfolio and complete the Applicant Profile

    View Sample Portfolio

    :: 20 samples of artwork
    :: Examples of all 5 required art categories: general drawing, figure drawing, graphic design, color media and digital media. (See Prerequisites above or PDF color brochure)
    :: A minimum of 5 figure studies.
    :: A minimum of 2 digital media pieces (graphic design or illustration).
    :: Examples of art outside the required categories, a maximum of 2, may include: sculpture, fine art prints, multimedia presentations, or photography.***
    :: Medical subject matter should not be included.
    :: Only properly identified artwork will be reviewed.

    The Admissions Committee is looking for excellent draftsmanship, good sense of realistic proportions, understanding light on form, ability to render various textures convincingly and ability to focus the viewer's eye within a drawing. Realistic rendering of observed subject matter including life drawing, still life, landscape and portraits is encouraged.

    ***Categories of art not helpful to the Committee in predicting how successful a student will be in this career include: images drawn exclusively from photographic reference, abstract or non-representational art, collage, fantasy drawings, photography, non-representational sculpture, and functional art (fiber arts, pottery, etc). It is acceptable to include one or two examples in your portfolio to round out your presentation as an artist; however, these should not dominate your portfolio nor should they be substituted for the required categories such as life drawing.

    When uploading your artwork, you will be asked to identify the following:

    :: Title
    :: Description
    :: Medium / Software
    :: Original size
    :: Date of completion
    :: Source - direct observation, photo reference, or both

    Portfolio Upload:

    Please submit images of the 20 samples of your artwork at a high resolution. A safe guideline is to make the largest dimension 1024 px. The Portfolio may include:

    :: Images (max 5MB each): .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, or .tga
    :: Videos (max 60MB): .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
    :: Documents (max 10MB): .pdf
    :: Other formats (max 10MB): .zip, .psd, etc.
    :: Linked Media: Vimeo or YouTube

    Note: the Admissions Committee is interested in viewing artistic details and subtleties of your artwork. Therefore, you may wish to include an additional detail image of selected Portfolio art to enhance your submission. No more than 4 total detail images may be uploaded. Please make certain the detail files are of sufficient resolution, not simply resampled enlargements of the original.

    Your 20-image Portfolio and Applicant Profile form must be submitted no later than January 15th using SlideRoom at the following web address: http://hopkinsmedart.slideroom.com/

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    Tuition is currently $45,750/year.

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    Substantial Department scholarship funds provide tuition support to all students. Additional financial aid, awarded on the base of need, consists of Department and University loan funds as well as loans from outside lenders (under US Federal loan programs). Students are encouraged to apply for graduate student loan support. The Financial Aid Office of the Medical School certifies the eligibility of students for US Federal loan programs.

    School of Medicine Financial Aid (410) 955-1324
    School of Medicine Financial Affairs (410) 955-3216

    Financial considerations are confidential and individually determined, and do not influence admissions decisions.


    • The W. B. Saunders Company Fellowship in Art as Applied to Medicine

      This fellowship was established in 1964 in honor of Lawrence Saunders upon his retirement after 50 years of distinguished leadership in medical publishing.

    • The William P. Didusch Scholarship and Loan Fund

      An endowment for student tuition support in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine was established in 1973 with a generous gift from Mr. Didusch. A significant contribution was added to this Fund from the estate of Bertha M. Trott whose death in 1973 ended a life filled with dedication and service to urologists at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. Memorial contributions from friends and colleagues have been added to this Fund since the death of William P. Didusch in 1981.

    • The Kathleen Mackay Powell Memorial Fund

      An endowment to assist and benefit students in the field of medical illustration given in memory of Kathleen Mackay Powell who studied in the department (1930-31) under Max Brödel.

    • The Elinor Widmont Bodian Scholarship in Medical Art

      This scholarship fund was established in 2000 by Mrs. Bodian and her family to provide financial assistance to students in Medical Illustration.

    • The Leon Schlossberg Scholarship Fund

      This scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of Leon Schlossberg's lifetime association as a medical illustrator for the Department of Surgery and faculty member in Art as Applied to Medicine.

    • The Chester Reather Scholarship in Art as Applied to Medicine

      An endowment established in Art as Applied to Medicine in honor of Chester Reather's distinguished career as a medical photographer and research associate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This fund is used to reward a graduate student with a scholarship for innovative research and creative use of new imaging technology.

    • The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art

      Frank. H. Netter, M.D. is known world-wide as a medical illustrator who could distill complex medical subject matter into clear, effective teaching images. Dr. Netter was not only a skilled draftsman, but knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, and pathology through his medical training. Family and friends established this scholarship to recognize a student in Art as Applied to Medicine who displays a similar balance of medical and scientific knowledge with the artistic skills that he exhibited throughout his career. Winners of this award have excelled in their academic courses; displayed exceptional art expression; and most importantly utilized both resources to create well designed and effective didactic illustrations. 2007 Recipient: Ikumi Kayama.

    • The Gwynne M. Gloege Scholarship Fund in Medical Art

      This scholarship fund was established in 2004 by Gwynne Gloege (JHU '56) to provide financial assistance to medical art students. Financial aid and scholarships are awarded to students within the program based on financial need and academic performance.

    Awards, Lectureship, and Support

    • The Annette S. Burgess Award

      The alumni of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine contribute funds each year which provide for an annual award given to the student whose ophthalmological illustration is outstanding.

    • The Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award

      Through the generosity of alumni, colleagues, and friends, a medallion honoring Ranice W. Crosby, Director of Art as Applied to Medicine from 1943 to 1983, is awarded for scholarly contributions to the advancement of art as applied to the medical sciences. The recipient is selected by a committee at intervals of from one to three years. 2007 Recipient: Margot B. Mackay.

    • The Samson Feldman Visiting Scholar in Art as Applied to Medicine

      Rossetta A. and Sadie B. Feldman, sisters of Samson Feldman, established a visiting lectureship to honor his life as an artist and lifelong patron of the arts. Lecturers are selected from distinguished scholars in visual communications with the purpose of presenting contemporary views pertaining to medical art. The selection of lecturers are made by a committee representing the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

    • The James M. and Carolyn H. Phelps Fund

      Support for the preservation and care of the Max Brödel Archives. This fund was established in memory of their parents by the Phelps family.

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    For answers to the most common questions about the Graduate Program and Admissions, click here.

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    To receive a packet of information by mail for the Johns Hopkins Graduate Program in Medical & Biological Illustration, please fill out our Online Information Request Form. You may also call 410-955-3213 or send an e-mail to medart-info@jhmi.edu for more information.

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