• Art and Biology

    Art and Biology

    Bachelor of Arts in:
    Medical Illustration
    Organismal Illustration

    The Art and Biology curriculum is designed to give students training in advanced perceptual skills, technical studio skills (traditional and digital media), visualization of biological information, and working knowledge of biological processes. Beyond General Biology and Chemistry, the Medical Illustration track teaches courses in cellular and molecular biology and advanced human physiology and anatomy. The Organismal Illustration track will also include advanced human physiology and anatomy, but will add courses in vertebrate biology, botany and entomology.

    Students who graduate with a major in Art and Biology will:

    • Demonstrate working knowledge of instructional design and color theory; develop skill in drawn, painted and sculpted rendering from life, photograph, human dissection and microscope; develop digital skill in photo-rendering and 3D modeling, and through guided art electives can also further develop skills in interactive media, animation and web design.
    • Recognize core biological principles, including evolution, the relationship between structure and function, and information flow at all levels of biological organization.
    • Identify the steps of a given biological process, analyze data, identify key results and visually explain such information in a variety of printed and digital platforms.
    • Apply ethics to the daily practice of medical and organismal research and illustration.


    Curriculum Information

    The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of those students interested in entering the field of medical or organismal illustration and/or building a portfolio to apply to accredited masters programs in medical illustration. Career opportunities are diverse, including jobs in the areas of education, medical and life science research, patient care, patient education, and public relations/marketing; located at medical schools, hospitals and clinics, research institutions, medical publishers, law firms, advertising agencies, web/animation firms and other creative service businesses.

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