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Medical and Biological Illustration

Johns Hopkins University

22 months
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56500 USD/year
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About

Medical illustration training at Johns Hopkins University formally began in 1911 under the leadership of Max Brödel with an endowment from Henry Walters. While the first students earned certificates, since 1961, students have earned a Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration (MBI)

Overview

The Medical and Biological Illustration (MBI) program at Johns Hopkins University has enjoyed continuous accreditation since 1970. The next review by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI), is set for 2026.

The MBI graduate program provides broad interdisciplinary education and training in medical illustration. This 22-month program meets both the scholarship requirements of the University for a Master of Arts degree and the visual communication needs of today’s health science professionals. The academic calendar, faculty and student affairs are administered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As part of the Department Art as Applied to Medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, students in the MBI program have easy access to all the facilities of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The integral connection between the MBI graduate program and the medical illustration services provided by faculty of the Department allows students to mentor with practicing Certified Medical Illustrators (CMI), to use the most technologically advanced production equipment, and to observe faculty members as active illustrators in the Hopkins community.

Today, its graduates continue the Hopkins “tradition of excellence.”

The Profession

There is a growing need for clear accurate visuals to communicate the latest advancements in science and medicine. Effective medical illustration can teach a new surgical procedure, explain a newly discovered molecular mechanism, describe how a medical device works, or depict a disease pathway. Through their work, medical illustrators bridge gaps in medical and healthcare communication.

Graduates of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Biological Illustration program have a strong history of high employment rates with some students receiving job offers prior to graduation. Of the graduates from 2015-2019, 94% were employed within the first 6 months and only 9% were self employed (that drops to 6% self employed at 12 months after graduation).

Looking ahead, medical illustrators will continue to fill the vital role of illuminating medicine. Growth areas in medical illustration include: 3D modeling and animation, virtual and augmented reality, and interactive design.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 2D Animation 
  • 3D Modeling and Animation 
  • Anatomical Illustration and Radiological Visualization 
  • Biological Illustration 
  • Business Practices for the Medical Illustrator 
  • Communications Media: Photography 
  • Communications Media: Graphic Design 
  • Continuous Tone Illustration 
  • Design of Interactive Learning Experiences 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 22 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
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Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree (BS, BA, BFA, etc.) 
  • High academic standing 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) optional
  • Exemplary Science Preparation (comparable to pre-med) is required of all applicants
  • Strong Art Portfolio
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communications Skills with at least one course in English Composition (GRE or TOEFL scores may substitute)

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 USD /month
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