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This Self-directed Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art provides a structured syllabus, including set and individual course-work, research and a dissertation. Students are required to attend seminars, assessments, webinars and workshops throughout the course alongside the MAA Annual Conference; and are encouraged to support their studies by visiting exhibitions and galleries and being aware of current trends. Before embarking on the main syllabus, new students must complete the Foundation part of the course which begins each October. Details below.
Designed by professional medical artists together with clinicians, the course enables each student to explore and develop experience and practice in a breadth of medical topics including anatomical, surgical and pathological studies. The aim is to provide, by means of contemporary communication media as well as in the traditional forms of medical illustration, experience in the application of art to communication and education in medicine and the health sciences. While items of practical and traditionally prepared artwork submitted for Examination will be mandatory – establishing fundamental skills inherent in medical art – additional items will be of the candidate’s choice and theme, thus providing for individual scope and a reflection of specialist skills and knowledge in a variety of subjects and digitally formatted if appropriate. In addition to the basic medical and clinical sciences, independent theoretical study will include ethical and legal issues associated with the practice of medical illustration.
Successful completion of this highly respected independent Postgraduate Programme leads a Diploma in Medical Art Awarded by the Medical Artists’ Education Trust, and leads to Professional Membership of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.*
*Subject to payment of professional MAA membership fees.
Course seminars and events have resumed within the Gordon Museum of Pathology, on the campus of Guy’s Hospital, London with access to pathology and skeletal collections for drawing and teaching. During the ongoing Covid situation, some course events may be held remotely.
Practical work will consist of items demonstrating skills in draughtsmanship, accuracy of observation, knowledge of anatomy and use of appropriate media.
Candidates are required to demonstrate ability to clarify structures, providing maximum subject information in artwork finished to a high standard of accuracy and presentation.
The structured syllabus is based primarily on Self-directed study.
Students are required to attend:
- Annual Conference of the Medical Artists’ Association
Students are required to produce:
- Mandatory items of practical and traditionally prepared artwork which are submitted for Assessment.
These establish fundamental skills inherent in medical art.
- Additional items of the student’s choice and theme, providing individual scope, development and reflection of specialist skills and knowledge. Subject choice and media is by individual choice together with supervisor guidance.
In addition to the basic medical and clinical sciences, study includes ethical and legal issues associated with the practice of medical illustration.
Students are also encouraged to support their studies by regularly visiting exhibitions and galleries and awareness of current trends.
This enables development of professional skill and experience in application of art to communication and education in medicine and health sciences, by means of contemporary communication media as well as traditional forms of medical illustration.