Master of Science in Medical Illustration

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Master of Science InMedical illustration

  • The Medical Illustration program’s strengths are in storytelling, surgical and anatomical illustration, and animation techniques..
  • Students take graduate-level science courses, such as gross anatomy and cell biology, in addition to studying digital media and illustration techniques. An illustrator's work, unlike a photograph, must often show what cannot be directly observed in order to best communicate an idea or complex concept. Therefore, an understanding of basic medical subjects is essential.
  • Faculty are actively involved in the profession and are leaders in their field. They come from wide variety of fields and specialties including: medical publishing, professional animation, editorial illustration, business management, and Anaplastology (facial and somatic prosthetics)
  • Alumni are very engaged with the current students in the Medical Illustration program. Many of our alumni run their own companies. In 2015, 17 of our alumni (or their companies) won awards from the 70th Annual Conference Association of Medical Illustrators. The alumni that won were graduates between 1989 and 2014.


About the Program

Established in 1948, the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University is the oldest and longest accredited graduate program in medical illustration. It is one of four programs in North America accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Our 21-month program combines training in science, research and artistic techniques. To better prepare our students for a rapidly evolving world of communications, our award winning faculty guide the students through problem-based assignments that are designed to give them not only factual knowledge but practical experience as well. Our students also learn the fundamentals of storytelling for science in many mediums including:  illustration, animation and interactive media.

We have a long track record of producing the top medical illustrators, medical animators and entrepreneurs in the field of medical illustration. As a student, in the Medical Illustration program at August University, you will be exposed to vast amounts of information in the classroom and through real-world experiences which will prepare you to excel in the field of medical illustration. This multifaceted educational approach allows our students to have 97.67% positive placement after


Applicant Profile

We are seeking bright and talented artists from a broad range of backgrounds. Many of our students come from art or science fields. There is no set path as long as our prerequisites are met. Our students have a desire to make an impact with their art and do not have to make a choice between a career in art and science. Applicants have included fine art majors, biologists, emergency medical technicians, surgeons and veterinarians.