Medical Illustration - How it Works

Medical Illustration students will take classes at KCAD, Ferris State University or Grand Rapids Community College; and Michigan State University. Classes are scheduled year-round in order to take advantage of open schedules and facilities at MSU. 


Studio classes begin the first semester, gradually building until students master multiple illustration techniques by their final year. Art history and general education classes make sure students graduate with a well-rounded education.

At Ferris or GRCC

Students will attend biology and medical terminology classes to expand their understanding of the human body and the language used to describe it.


Students will be immersed in histology and gross anatomy classes alongside students preparing for other careers in health care. MSU instructors will also guide illustration projects on certain topics. After completing the program, a BFA in Medical Illustration will be awarded by KCAD.

A collaboration where everybody wins.

Students and KCAD:

Whether students are assigned a certain topic or take an interest in a certain area, they ll never have to search far for a knowledgeable person to explain the subject and direct the illustration. For any aspect of biology or anatomy, there s an expert on hand (and a ready supply of examples) to answer questions at MSU.


Newly trained Medical Illustrators will eliminate the need to rely on aging databases that are expensive to use and frequently out of date. Student illustrations can be tailored exactly to a medical team s specific needs and turned around quickly, which is a great advantage in today s medical field. This new collaboration links MSU to a ready supply of trained illustrators.

It s a win-win situation, and KCAD's Medical Illustration students can expect a warm welcome and a nurturing atmosphere at MSU.

What will I learn?

See how Medical Illustration combines equal parts art, science and communication.