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  • A robust didactic program that provides the skills needed to perform clinical and translational research
  • Opportunity to work with established clinical and translational researchers from a broad variety of disciplines
  • Emphasizes practical application and interpretation of data with a lessened emphasis on theoretical concepts



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Contact Us

Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI
Program Director

LaDonna Butler
Program Admissions Coordinator 
(706) 721-3266



About the Program

Established in 1948, we are the oldest graduate program in medical illustration in the world, and are the only program to confer the degree of Master of Science in Medical Illustration (MSMI). We have been continuously accredited since 1967, and are one of just four programs in North America accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Our comprehensive five-semester (21 month) program combines rigorous training in the health sciences, graphic arts, animation, communications and education. The curriculum is specifically designed to enable the student to excel as a professional medical illustrator. Our award-winning faculty guide the students through problem-based assignments that are planned to provide not only factual knowledge but practical experience as well. Students learn the fundamentals of, and gain mastery in, visual storytelling for science using a variety of media, including: illustration, animation, and interactive media. Students learn to manage projects from ideation and formative research, through design and production, to distribution and evaluation.

The Medical Illustration Graduate Program at AU has a long track record of producing outstanding professional medical illustrators and animators. Program graduates are known for their leadership skills, and many become successful entrepreneurs. Year after year, our students have a better than 95% positive placement after graduation.

Meet The Program Director

Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI

"We are looking for bright, talented and curious students who are dedicated to visualizing better health.”

 Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI

Student Profile | Ben Brown


Ben Brown

"My advisor, Bill Andrews, is wise in many ways. His greatest asset, which is evident in the way he teaches and mentors, is his prolific knowledge of history and application of methods in communicating information. Diversity in skill sets as well as interests are what he instills in me with encouragement to try new mediums and draw upon films, nature and other cultures to find innovative ways of making effective artwork.” - Ben Brown

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Recent student exhibition projects

View a few of the most recent medical illustration student projects.

Class of 2024 in their white coats.

Medical Illustration Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

We are delighted to share that our Class of 2024 Medical Illustration Graduate Program recently marked a significant milestone with their White Coat Ceremony, held on October 21. This event marked the successful conclusion of their first academic year and the commencement of their research projects. Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, Lester […]

Recent graduates Peter Naktin, Caeley Blechschmid, Megan Reeves, and Grace Wilson hold their research Awards from the Vesalius Trust.

Students and Alumni have big wins at the 2023 Association of Medical Illustrators Conference

This summer, our students and alumni were recognized for their outstanding artwork with awards during the 2023 Association of Medical Illustrators annual conference. Student Awards: Our students have made us proud by securing awards at the recent AMI meeting. Their success highlights their dedication and talent in medical illustration. We’re excited to see them continue […]

Gene Wright received the Brödel Award for Excellence in Education at the 2023 AMI Meeting.

Alumni Recognized at the 2023 Association of Medical Illustrators Conference

Brödel Award for Excellence in Education We are thrilled to share the outstanding achievement of our alumnus, Gene Wright (’90), who was awarded the prestigious Brödel Award of Excellence in Education by the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI). This distinguished award is a testament to Gene’s remarkable dedication to advancing the field of medical illustration […]

Class of 2023 in their cap and gowns.

Congratulations, MIGP Class of 2023!

We are happy to announce the Medical Illustration Graduate Program class of 2023.  From left to right, Ronald Petit, Júlia Smithing, Alexis Guerra, Megan Reeves, Peter Naktin, Kimberly Krutsinger, Grace Wilson, Zoë Elwood. They each have completed the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Medical Illustration (MSMI). It has been an honor to […]

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