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Professional Skills in Medical Art Course

Embark on a journey that will prepare you for a thriving career in the diverse world of medical art. The Professional Skills in Medical Art Course, offered by the prestigious MAET delivers a comprehensive programme meticulously crafted to equip you with the professional skills needed to excel in the competitive and global medical art industry.

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Fundamental Drawing in Medical Art Course

The Medical Artists’ Education Trust are launching their one-of-a-kind Fundamental Drawing Course focusing entirely on traditional drawing techniques, which starts this October.

Discover the extraordinary blend of art and science in our unique Fundamental Drawing in Medical Art Course. Are you intrigued by the intricate details of human anatomy? Eager to capture the essence of life sciences through the strokes of your pencil? Look no further.

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The Medical Artists’ Education Trust

The Medical Artists’ Education Trust is a charitable trust whose primary focus is the advancement of education in medical art, through its Postgraduate Training Programme, workshops and webinars. This Programme teaches the skills required to understand and communicate visually and at all levels, aspects of science and medicine. To ensure the course is flexible and open to all, seminars are run on a part-time basis and fees are subsidised. It is intended for artists, or students of science backgrounds, who wish to progress to a professional qualification in medical art and gain membership to the Medical Artists’ Association.
The Trust provides Open Days twice a year. Here you can find out about the course and receive portfolio feedback. Written applications are then accepted, and followed by a formal interview with portfolio presentation at the Barber Surgeons’ Hall in London. Interviews are held in March and September with a view to beginning the course in October.

Historical Background

The Medical Artists’ Association was founded as a result of a meeting of practising medical artists in Oxford in April 1949. Selecting and training new entrants into the profession formed it to gain recognition for the profession of medical art and to safeguard standards. It has endeavoured to maintain and improve the contribution the artist can make to medical teaching.
In its short history the Association has seen medical artists take a recognised and respected place in the field of medical education. In 1994 the Association received a bequest on the death of one of its former members, Miss. Charlotte S. Holt, with her express wish that this fund be used to help train and educate future students of medical art. At the same time the Association applied to the Charity Commission of England and Wales to seek charitable status, which was granted in 1997 solely for its training and educational activities.
Photo: Miss Charlotte S. Holt (in red)
The Medical Artists’ Education Trust was thus founded to administer a postgraduate programme in medical art, as a self-governing educational body with charitable status, separate from the MAA itself. On successful completion of this programme the candidate will be awarded full professional membership of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.
The MAA produces a newsletter and holds an annual conference. It is actively involved with other professional institutes and associations, both in the United Kingdom and Europe. It remains, however, a small friendly group of artists working in and for the continued development of this historic profession.

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Photo: Miss Charlotte S. Holt (in red)

The teaching supervisors of the MAET Courses are qualified and seasoned medical illustrators who bring a unique blend of expertise to the learning journey of their students. With their guidance, it is our aim to inspire students to create visuals that bridge the gap between art and science, fostering a profound appreciation for both.

MAET Course Supervisors

Ms Catherine Bone
Mrs Joanna Cameron
Miss Francesca Corra

MAET Education Committee

Ms Catherine Bone (Director of Education)
Mrs Joanna Cameron (Foundation Director)
Miss Mandy Miller (Trust Treasurer)
Mrs Francesca Corra (Course Secretary)
Mr Jenny Halstead
Mrs Philip Ball (Academic Advisor)

MAET Examining Board

Dr M. D. O’Brien (Chairman)
Professor J. S. P. Lumley
Dr R. H. Whitaker
Mrs Catherine Bone
Mrs Joanna Cameron
Mr Matt Briggs
Mrs Jenny Halstead

Administration Staff

Mrs Catherine Bone
Mrs Joanna Cameron
Mrs Mandy Miller
Miss Francesca Corra


1949 – The Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain (MAA) was founded in the UK to gain recognition for the profession of Medical Artists and to select and train students into this specialist profession.

1989 – The Medical Artists’ Association received Patronage from the Worshipful Company of Barbers, one of the City of London Livery Companies.

1996 – The Charlotte Holt Bequest was received by the Association. It was created by medical artist Charlotte Holt for the express purpose of training medical artists and led to the formal establishment of The Medical Artists’ Education Trust (MAET) as a charitable organisation for the production of this specialist Medical Art Postgraduate Training Programme.

2019 – The 70th MAA Anniversary Conference was held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge.

2021 – The MAA held a joint online conference event with BIOMAB 30th April.

2021 – The MAA supported the online AEIMS Symposium ‘Anatomy and Beyond’ 25th August.

2022 – MAA Conference was held at the Foundling Museum, London.

2023 – The next MAA Conference will be held in Liverpool 20th and 21st April 2023. Further information and booking will be made available much nearer the date. All enquries:

2024 – A combined conference bringing together the MAA with Anatomy and Beyond, will be held in London 25th and 26th April 2024.

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 do the courses start?

Both the Fundamental Skills in Medical Art and Professional Skills in Medical Art Courses begin in early October each year.

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, in conjunction 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 courses take?

The Fundamental Skills in Medical Art Course is a part-time, one-year course, starting in October and finishing in July of the following year.

The Professional Skills in Medical Art Course is also part-time and has been designed to take four years to cover such a broad range of topics and skills. However, if students wish to approach the course as a full-time course and do not have other commitments, they could finish the course within two years.

What are covered in the courses?

The Fundamental Skills Course is focused on teaching traditional techniques and methods to obtain accuracy and precision in artwork.

The Professional Skills Course is designed to prepare students for a professional career as medical artists,  with the skills to excel in a competitive global market.

What job opportunities are there?

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

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.

Do we have to attend every seminar?

Yes, attendance to all the Seminars and Assessments is compulsory. Missing three seminars consecutively will result in the student being withdrawn from 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.

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.

When are your Open Days?

Information Open Days are held twice a year for interested students to find out 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 website homepage.

Purchase Exhibition Publication 2022

The thirty-two page exhibition publication, show casing medical artwork, is available for a nominal ÂŁ5 donation to the Trust, and a copy will be posted to you.



New Fundamental Drawing in Medical Art Course

The Medical Artists’ Education Trust are launching their one-of-a-kind Fundamental Drawing Course focusing entirely on traditional drawing techniques, which starts this October. Limited places available

Congratulations to Charlotte Donald Wilson for passing her final exam!

Congratulations to Charlotte Donald Wilson for submitting a great portfolio for her final exam which she passed on December 1st 2022. She is now a full member of the Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain and will receive her certificate at the Liverpool conference in April 2023. Well done Charlotte!

Congratulations to Emily Paul for passing her final exam!

Congratulations to Emily Paul for passing her final exam with flying colours and for becoming a full member of the Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain! We wish her all the best in her freelance work!

MAET Alumni student Jennifer N. R. Smith shortlisted for Association of illustrators 2022 awards

Huge congratulations to Jennifer Smith for being shortlisted for Association of illustrators 2022 awards and the V&A Illustration 2022 Awards for the BBC History Magazine cover image about endometriosis. Well done Jenny! For more information about her artwork visit her website Wonder Theory and see her entery for the AOI and V&A  
MAET Student Gallery

Current and past student gallery

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