Application 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.

Interview Portfolio Requirements

Compulsory pieces

A minimum of twenty recent samples i.e. created within the five last years, 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.

Colour. 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 here
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.

Fees and funding

The fees for this self-directed Postgraduate Programme are kept very low and the flexibility of this course allows students to finance themselves.

The key fees are indicated on our application and course information page and are required before the first day of each term. Workshops, conferences and other events are costed separately.

Student Membership of the MAA £40 pa. Prospective students should also take into consideration their travel costs, any accommodation if applicable, art materials, texts, laptop, programmes etc.


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. Each prospective student should make allowance for the additional time and cost for travel and accommodation if required.

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 you need a laptop to study on the course?

A laptop with a drawing tablet is required.

What computer programs do I need?

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign will be required.

Do you offer funding?

As a Charitable Education Trust we aim to keep our fees extremely low which supports all students. Specific and/or occasional funding is given to support all students attending specific events, for example the MAA Annual Conference.

Do we have to attend every seminar and assessment?

Yes, attendance of all the seminars, assessments and organised events are a compulsory part of the course.

Do you do short day courses?

We organise webinars and one or two-day workshops for enrolled students. Also many selected workshops may be attended by students and professionals working within science or medical professions. More information can be found on our Workshops page.

What is the course syllabus?

The course syllabus outlines the coursework requirements and projects with 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