Application Information

Application Information

Student applicants meeting the recommended requirements (or equivalent) will be invited for an interview in either March /April or September for an October start.  The Education Committee looks for self-motivated, committed applicants, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of their own personal work, showing observational drawing in all areas and life-drawing in particular. Examples of medical or scientific artwork may be included but are not essential.

This self-directed Postgraduate Programme begins in October each year.

• During the current Covid situation, seminars and all course events are continuing and some are being held remotely. Seminars are held in London and these have now resumed. There are three terms per year and three seminars per term. Additionally there are webinars, workshops and an annual conference; attendance of all being a compulsory element of the course.

Successful candidates will receive further details of the course and all necessary information upon acceptance.

(Unless otherwise indicated) all students must successfully complete the initial short comprehensive drawing foundation programme which is an important element of this course and precedes the main body of coursework of this self-directed postgraduate programme in medical art.

Assessments take place twice each year at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, London, where the Examining Board views and marks completed work.

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


Seminars, webinars, workshops and Assessments are held from 10:00 to 17:00.

It is expected that students will attend all seminars, webinars, workshops, Assessments and the annual MAA conference.

MAET Fees and Expenses

For the academic year commencing October 2021:

Registration Fee £835

Seminars £455 per term

Material and equipment deposit £50 (returnable)

Workshops approx. £75 per event (allow for 4 to 6)

Conferences approx. £100 per event (allow for 2)

Students offered a place on this self-directed Postgraduate Programme are required to pay the Registration Fee upon acceptance. This Fee covers each student for five calender years, beyond this time, or for Re-Registration a further Registration Fee becomes due.

There are three terms per year and three seminars per term. The seminar fee is due on or before the first date of each term.  All fees are non-refundable.

The Medical Artists’ Educational 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. Students also need to make sufficient financial allowances for cost of materials, reference books, research commitments and computer equipment i.e. laptops and relevant and up-to-date programmes.


All payments and cheques are to be made payable to the Medical Artists’ Education Trust in pounds sterling (GBP), for all students 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

Honours degree in the field of Art or Design or Higher National Diploma incorporating scientific illustration, preceded by a Foundation year.  Science applicants will be assessed by portfolio at interview.

Entry to the MAET Postgraduate programme is by formal application and interview. Interviews are held primarily in London, with a remote/zoom option if attendance is not possible.

Students need to be self-motivated, with a keen interest in the subject, a comprehensive portfolio of their own personal work, showing competent drawing skills, including life-drawing, colour work, media skills and sketchbooks.

For a PDF copy of this information please use this link MAET2020ApplicationFormsAndAdmissionInformation.

Interview Portfolio Requirements

Compulsory pieces comprise a minimum of 20 examples of recent artwork (created within the last five years), including the following categories:

  • General
  • Colour
  • Design
  • 10 life-drawings
General observational drawing

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


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

Graphic design

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

Life drawing

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

All subjects must be rendered from direct observation, not photographic reference.  It is not necessary to include medical or scientific subjects. Artwork may be a combination of digital and traditional methods. Sketchbooks to be included. All works to be recent from within the last five years.

Personal Statement

All applicants are to include a short personal statement with their portfolio.

Additional pieces

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

Occasionally candidates may be asked to re-submit their portfolio with additional artwork.

Application Procedure

Application forms, course information and interview dates are available at the links below.

Application may be made at any time during the year (for an October start) however applications and supporting documents must be received no later than the advertised deadline date, this information can be found on the homepage, prior to the next advertised interview date.  Candidates qualifying for consideration will be invited to interview and portfolio review of their original artwork. During the current Covid situation, interviews are being held remotely. Candidates will receive written notification of the Committee’s decision within two weeks.

Application Form

Fees and Funding