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.
"We are looking for bright, talented and curious students who are dedicated to visualizing
Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI
"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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