Frequently asked questions

Do you have a prospectus?

We include all the entry requirements, application forms and a course summary within our web site, which can be downloaded as PDF files.

When does the course start?

The course begins in early October each year. The Foundation Course will be completed the following March. Successful students will continue onto this Postgraduate Programme.

Can we study from abroad?

Yes, if you are able to travel to London to attend the interview, the course seminars, additional events, workshops and assessments. Each prospective student should make an allowance for the additional time and cost for travel and accommodation if required.

What educational background do I need to enter onto the course?

Graduates entry requirements may be one of the following:

An Honors Degree in Art and Design
Higher National Diploma incorporating scientific illustrations, preceded by a Foundation year Medical or Science background showing a portfolio of exceptional skill.

If I’m just leaving 6th form – what is the best education route to enter into medical art?

We recommend an initial art foundation course followed by an art degree which includes life drawing and observational drawing as a significant part of its syllabus; including the further options listed above.

How much are Course Fees?

The key fees are indicated on our Application and Course Information page.
An initial single Enrolment Fee of £835, followed by three individual termly fees in the region of £455 (October 2021) is required on or before the first day of each term. Workshops, conferences and other events are costed separately. Allow approximately £75 per workshop and £100 for each other event.

Prospective students should also take into consideration their travel costs, any accommodation if applicable, art materials, texts, computer or laptop, programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign etc are extra. Students should make extra allowances for these. We strongly recommend all have their own laptops for the course.

Do you need a laptop to study on the course?

All students are required to purchase a laptop with a drawing tablet for the course.

What computer programs do I need?

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign are essential. During the course, you may find you wish to purchase other Adobe programs and 3D programs such as Zbrush. All students should financially plan for these purchases.

Do you offer funding?

As a Charitable Education Trust, we aim to keep our fees extremely low which supports all students. Specific and/or occasional funding is given to support all students attending specific events, for example, the MAA Annual Conference.

Do we have to attend every seminar?

Yes, attendance of all the Seminars, Webinars, Assessments and organised events are all a compulsory part of the course.

Do you do short day courses?

We organise online webinars, and one and two-day workshops for enrolled students. A further selection of webinars and workshops are available to external attendees. Details can be found on the Workshop page.

What is the course syllabus?

The course syllabus outlines the coursework requirements and projects with expanded information. The full syllabus is supplied to enrolled students accepted onto the course.
The course is divided into four sections:
Part 1: Traditional and fundamental artwork skills
Part 2: Clinical, patient and surgical artwork skills
Part 3: Conceptual, editorial and information communication design.
Part 4: Dissertation

When are your Open Days?

Information Open Days are held twice a year for interested students to find more about this course, which we recommend all interested applicants attend.

These are held in February and July each year. Dates and application forms are available on the web site.

What job opportunities are there?

Medical artists can be freelance or are employed within huge varieties of fields world wide, for example within hospitals, publishing, advertising, forensic and police work, archaeology, e-learning, and animation.