Examples of work in the ‘other category’

Project goals

The project titled ‘Other’ was set aside to allow students to explore any concepts, projects, mediums they wished to research, learn and depict. Towards the end of the course the students have learnt a variety of mediums and techniques and have illustrated over 20 projects. In that time the student may have found a subject or medium they find personally interesting to illustrate or create, but it does not fit into a project category on the course – therefore this project was created to allow for such an event.

The goal of the project is set by the student which is presented to the supervisor for sign off. Pick a challenging subject you are personally interested in and ensure the goals you set are achievable in the time you have allotted for this subject.

If the student does not have a clear subject in mind, we highly recommend creating a biological/veterinary illustration and using the specimens in the Natural History room at the Gordon Museum. The illustration must be geared towards educating lay audience with an interest on the subject matter. Design the image for use in a book on the subject of a physiological or anatomical aspect of the specimen.


Project objectives

The objectives of the project are set by the student, however below are a list of core objective the students should keep in mind:

  • Impeccable, high quality rendered work – quality not quantity!
  • Understanding of audience
  • Dynamic layout
  • Informative text/audio/labelling etc
  • Clear understanding of final use of artwork – display stand etc
  • Original pencil sketches of the medical/scientific subject to ensure proper form and observational skills are maintained

Project Outcomes

The outcomes will vary depending on the subject matter the students picks for this project. However the core outcomes of the project are listed below:

  • An exceptional piece of artwork on the students chosen subject
  • An artwork which is informative with clear understanding of audience
  • Dynamic, well constructed layout
  • A full and well rounded understanding and technical ability of the chosen medium
  • A great deal of personal effort, concept originality and independent research

Marking criteria. The marking criteria indicated here is a guide and grades are allocated in conjunction with the assessment criteria laid out under ‘Assessment Information – In-course Assessment Criteria’.

Criteria Levels of achievement
Illustrations/graphics impact and clarity. Including skill in chosen medium (Final illustration only and marked out of 10 points)

• Instructional impact of drawing
• Observation accuracy
• Skill and neatness of rendered illustration
• Effort given to the requirements of the project
• Understanding and control of art tools, materials and techniques, singly and in combination
• Understanding of elements, such as colour, line, texture, balance

Fluent ability
9-10 points
Confident ability
7-8 points
Competent ability
5- 6 points
Basic ability
3- 4 points
Limited ability
1-2 points
Anatomical accuracy and exploration
(Final illustration only and marked out of 5 points)

• Anatomical accuracy
• Differentiation between tissue types
• Interpretation the underlying structures and anatomy
• Included anatomy conveys purpose of illustration
• Size, viewpoint and orientation appropriate for this illustration
• Understanding of the anatomy in a wider context as demonstrated by studies and sketches.

Excellent form and anatomical accuracy

5 points

Almost no errors in anatomical accuracy

4 points

A few errorrs in anatomical accuracy.

3 points

Some errors in anatomical accuracy.

2 points

Major errors in the anatomy

1 point

Presentation and attractiveness
(Includes all images and marked out of 5 points)

• Presentation neatness
• Layout, call-outs, rhythm and readability
• Titles, headlines and hierarchy of accompanying text
• Text, typography, alignment and labelling design and effort
• Spelling, grammar, widows, and orphans
• Audience consideration in the language used.
• Colour palate
• Medium consideration for where artwork will be finally viewed


5 points

Extremely good

4 points

Very good

3 points


2 points


1 point

Observational and exploratory quality of the collection of illustrations.
(Includes all images/sketchbooks etc. and marked out of 5 points)

• Observational skill
• Creation of final display
• Independent research and original concepts
• Supporting studies depiction of anatomy,
instruments and human form
• Awareness and appreciation of the context and purpose of illustration

Fluent ability

5 points

Confident ability

4 points

Competent ability

3 points

Basic ability

2 points

Limited ability

1 point

Level achieved from total points:
This project is marked on the four categories listed above. Once points are assigned to each category they are added up and a grade is given depending on the total points.
Distinction (20 – 25 points) Credit (19 – 15 points High Pass (10 – 14 points Pass (5 – 9 points) Pass with Amends/ Referred for re-submission (1 – 4 points)

What to I need to bring to class?

  1. First step in initial seminars: Bring your ideas to the seminar, with a clear agenda for the project goals, objectives and outcomes for discussion with your supervisor.
    1. Homework
      1. Form: Regardless of the technologies used to create your project, each student must produce original pencil sketches of the medical/scientific subject to ensure proper form and observational skills are maintained.
      2. Exploration: Write in the region of 150 – 500 words describing the scientific/anatomical/medical background for this project, and which audience this is aimed at. Describe the program/platform used and why it is the best way to implement this project. Create a mood-board of inspiration, layout ideas, colour schemes, important text etc.
      3. Medium development: Explore ways in which you can further develop your technical ability in the medium you have chosen. 
      4. Coursework draft: Produce a work-in-progress of the project for feedback at the seminar.
  2. Second step is the interim design presentation: You present your draft and homework which shows a developed design and is in response ideas generated in initial seminar.
    1. Homework
      1. Incorporate any feedback received on the ‘form’ homework into your final artworks. Prepare them for your portfolio. Print your written work and mood-board for your portfolio. This work will not be marked independently at assessment, but will form part of the anatomical/scientific accuracy or exploration and graphic originality section of the marking criteria.
      2. Finalise the animation incorporating any feedback at the seminar. Bring to the next seminar for final sign off in its final file type.

Final step is the final presentation: Before submitting to assessment you must have it checked by the supervisor at seminars or on a designated tutoring day via email and telephone. In assessment your work will be marked according to the marking criteria of that project. You will receive a detailed feedback form after assessment.

What do I need to bring to assessment?

You must bring:

  • The final artwork
  • Initial artworks which include sketches, mood-board, and research material
  • A short reflective report on how your project met the objectives and how you tackled layout, colour, rhythm etc.

Details on all the Medical Artists' Education Trust projects can be found below