Medical illustrators provide visual aids to enhance the understanding medical science. Illustrators create graphics by hand, computer, or other technical equipment to be used in publications, television, exhibits, and three-dimensional objects. Medical illustrators may also help prepare data and create artificial body parts for medical purposes.
Medical illustrators need to have a solid foundation in anatomy and general medical knowledge so they can present visual aids accurately. They also should be knowledgeable in a variety of techniques and media. Medical illustrators can work in a laboratory, a graphics business, academic environment, or be self-employed. Illustrators often work on a computer, creating illustrations, charts, graphs, and models which will explain medical conditions or parts of the body. These images are then published in journals, displayed in museums, presented in workshops, or posted on instructive websites.
High school students should take courses such as English, math, science, and art to prepare for being a medical illustrator. The standard requirement is a four-year bachelor's degree in art with courses such as drawing, life drawing, painting, design, color theory, photography, and layout. Students should also include courses such as biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. A master's degree in medical illustration is available at only a few universities in the country. This two-year program includes gross anatomy, histology, pathology, anatomical and surgical illustration, three-dimensional modeling, exhibit construction, and cinematography.
Most Wisconsin Colleges, Universities, or Technical Colleges offer an Art Program.
Wisconsin does not offer a Master's Degree program in Medical Illustration.
Association of Biomedical Communications Directors
University of North Texas Texas Health
Fort Worth, TX, 76203
Association of Medical Illustrators
201 E. Main St., Ste. 1405
Lexington, KY, 40507
389 Newport Avenue
Attleboro, MA, 02703-5617
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
P.O. Box 42410
Washington, DC, 20015
Health and Science Communications Assoc.
PO Box 31323
Omaha, NE, 68132
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