The Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art is based largely on Self-directed study with a structured syllabus. Students are required to attend Seminars, Assessments, webinars and workshops throughout the course alongside the MAA Annual Conference; and are encouraged to support their studies by visiting exhibitions and galleries and being aware of current trends. The aim is to provide, by means of contemporary communication media as well as in the traditional forms of medical illustration, experience in the application of art to communication and education in medicine and the health sciences. While items of practical and traditionally prepared artwork submitted for Examination will be mandatory – establishing fundamental skills inherent in medical art – additional items will be of the candidate’s choice and theme, thus providing for individual scope and a reflection of specialist skills and knowledge in a variety of subjects and digitally formatted if appropriate. In addition to the basic medical and clinical sciences, independant theoretical study will include ethical and legal issues associated with the practice of medical illustration.
MAET Foundation Course
This is a preliminary course which starts in October each year, for those who need to develop their drawing skills prior to embarking on the Medical Art Postgraduate Programme.
It consists of (up to 6) monthly sessions and homework which is discussed at each following tutorial.
Life drawing classes are strongly recommended and students need to organise these at a local college.
Completion of the course requires that a series of finished, mounted studies are presented to the MAET Examining Board.
On successful completion of this course, students are ready to embark on the medical art syllabus.
Medical Art Syllabus
Practical work will consist of items demonstrating skills in draughtsmanship, accuracy of observation, knowledge of anatomy and use of appropriate media.
Candidates are required to demonstrate ability to clarify structures, providing maximum subject information in artwork finished to a high standard of accuracy and presentation.
The structured syllabus is based largely on self-directed study.
Students are required to attend:
- Annual Conference of the Medical Artists’ Association
Students are required to produce:
- Mandatory items of practical and traditionally prepared artwork which are submitted for examination.
These establish fundamental skills inherent in medical art.
- Additional items of the student’s choice and theme, providing individual scope, development and reflection of specialist skills and knowledge. Subject choice and media is by individual choice together with tutor guidance.
In addition to the basic medical and clinical sciences, study includes ethical and legal issues associated with the practice of medical illustration.
Students are also encouraged to support their studies by regularly visiting exhibitions and galleries and awareness of current trends.
This enables development of professional skill and experience in application of art to communication and education in medicine and health sciences, by means of contemporary communication media as well as traditional forms of medical illustration.