Medical Illustration - What Will I Learn?

Medical Illustration is one part art, one part science, and one part communication. Students will hone their skills in all three areas.


The new program builds on the strengths of our Illustration, Graphic Design, and Digital Art and Design programs through supportive studio relationships. In some ways, medicine is just another topic to illustrate, and many of the techniques will be the same as those used for other topics. One thing that sets this field apart is the demand for accuracy, instead of interpretation, in your work.

Illustration techniques you ll study include:
  • Traditional drawing methods
  • Traditional/digital hybrids
  • All-digital illustrations
  • 2-D animations
  • 3-D (digital) modeling

The program also includes 12 credits of studio electives. This gives students the chance to investigate an additional discipline in art or design, to concentrate in specific methods or media, or to specialize in specific topic areas.


During this part of the Medical Illustration program, students will learn biology, medical terminology, and anatomy. They ll build their knowledge by reading scientific papers, meeting with medical experts, and taking part in many laboratory procedures, including examining cadavers and specimens in gross anatomy. Proper lab behavior and ethics will be an important part of these studies.


Medical Illustration focuses on visual communication, but verbal communication is an important tool for achieving the best results. At KCAD, students will sharpen oral, written, and visual communication skills to become an effective part of every team and every project.

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