Frequently asked questions

Do you have a prospectus?

We include all the entry requirements, application forms and a course summary within the web site.

When does the course start?

The course begins in early October each year. The six-month Foundation Programme will be completed by the following March, with successful students continuing onto the 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. Students if abroad may be offered remote learning options, inconjunction with attendance options. Each prospective student should make an allowance for the additional time and cost for travel and accommodation if required.

How long will the course take?

We recommend all students complete the course between two and three years, depending on your time given to study.

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 Registration Fee of £945, followed by three individual termly fees of £495 pa (October 2022) are required 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, laptop, essential programs required are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Students should make extra allowances for these. All students are required to have their own laptop for seminar coursework.

Do you need a laptop to study on the course?

All students are required to purchase/attend with a laptop with a drawing tablet for the course. A laptop will support the key professional design programs required i.e. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

What computer programs do I need?

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are all 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 in conjunction with their laptop.

Do you offer funding?

As a Charitable Education Trust, we aim to keep our fees extremely low, thereby supporting all students. Specific and/or occasional funding is given to support 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 compulsory elements of the course.

Do you do short day courses?

We organise regular online webinars and workshops for enrolled students. A further selection of webinars and workshops are also available to external attendees. Details can be found via the Home page.

What is the course syllabus?

The course syllabus outlines the coursework requirements and projects, alongside expanded information. The full syllabus is supplied to enrolled students once 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 events are held in February and June/July each year. Dates and application forms are available via the web site homepage.

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.