Application Information

Application Information

Students applying to follow this course and who fulfill the recommended requirements will be invited for interview in either March/April or September. The Education Committee will be looking for students with commitment, who are very self-motivated to follow this self-directed Programme. The Committee will also wish to see a comprehensive portfolio of artwork showing observational drawing in all areas and in particular life drawing; demonstrating a variety of mediums and techniques. Examples of scientific and medical artwork may be included, but it is not essential.

The Programme starts in October and includes three terms with seminars held three times each term. Seminars are held primarily in London. In addition there are workshops and an Annual Conference, all of which are an essential part of the Course.

All students must successfully complete to a high standard, the initial short comprehensive drawing foundation programme which is an important element of this course and precedes the main body of coursework of this postgraduate programme in medical art.

Assessments are arranged twice a year, taking place at the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall, London, where the Examining Board views and marks completed work.

The Course can be completed within two years with Assessments and a Final Examination and it is recommended that the course should be completed within a maximum of three years.


• Seminars are held 10.30am to 5pm

It is expected that each candidate will attend ALL seminars, workshops and the annual MAA Conference. Each successful candidate will receive further details of the course and all necessary information upon acceptance.

MAET Fees and Expenses

For the academic year commencing October 2016/7

• Enrolment Fee £500.00

• Seminars £326.00 per term

Students who are offered a place on the Course will be required, on acceptance, to pay the Initial Enrolment Fee. There are three seminars per term, three terms per year. The fee is due on or before the first date of each term. All fees are non-returnable.

The Medical Artists’ Education Trust reserves the right to revise fees when necessary.

All students are responsible for their own travel expenses to attend seminars, workshops and the annual conference. And must also make sufficient financial allowances for the cost of materials, reference books, research commitments and computer equipment.

All cheques and payments are to be made payable to the Medical Artists’ Education Trust in pounds sterling (GBP) for all candidates whether UK based or overseas.

The Annual MAA Student Membership is a separate fee, made payable separately to the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.

Admission Requirements


General Education to A-level standard as required for Art College entrance. Art Education An Honours Degree in the field of Art and Design or Higher National Diploma incorporating scientific illustrations, preceded by a Foundation year. Science applicants will be assessed by portfolio at interview.
Entry to the MAET Postgraduate Programme Entry is by formal application and interview. The Education Committee are looking for self-motivated individuals, with a keen interest in the subject and a comprehensive portfolio showing competent drawing skills, life drawing studies, colour work, media skills and sketchbooks.

For a PDF copy of this information please use this link applicationformsandadmissioninfo2016

Interview Portfolio Requirements

Compulsory pieces. A minimum of twenty recent samples of original artwork to include the following categories: General, Colour, Design and ten further examples of Life drawing.

General observational drawing

Realistic drawings taken from direct personal observation; demonstrating draftsmanship in rendering light, shade, tonal values, texture, proportion, perspective, form and the ability to render detail.


Examples of accomplished use of watercolour and other paint or mixed media should be included, demonstrating an ability to understand colour theory and create form, tone and texture.

Graphic design

Design integrating artwork, images and typography, appropriate for the intended audience.

Life drawing

A minimum of a ten life figure studies. Life studies are to be drawn directly from a model, demonstrating advanced observational skills. At least three figures are to be full figure poses, some hand and feet studies, either in line, grey-scale or colour.

All subjects are to be rendered from direct observation and not from photographic reference. It is not necessary to include medical or scientific subjects. Artwork may be a combination of traditional and digital methods. Include sketchbooks

Personal Statement

All applicants are to include a short personal statement alongside their application.

Additional pieces

Additional artwork examples may be included, for example digital artwork, sculpture and 3D representations (quality prints are acceptable), printed material and photography. Additional subject areas could include botanical, biological, medical or other scientific illustrations. No slides.

Occasionally candidates may be asked to resubmit their portfolio with additional artwork.

Application Procedure

Application forms, course information and interview dates are available at the links below.
Applications may be made at any time during the year, but applications and supporting documents must be received no later than two weeks in advance of the next advertised interview date. Candidates who qualify for consideration, will be invited for a personal interview and portfolio review of their original artwork. Candidates will receive written notification of the Committee’s decision within two weeks.

Application Form

Fees and Funding


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