Welcome to the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine

Visualizing Science & Medicine

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is a leader in the field of visual communication for science and health care. Built on a strong foundation of scientific knowledge, artistic technique, and clear visual communication, the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine has maintained the highest standards while embracing new medical, scientific, and communication technologies.

Today, Art as Applied to Medicine educates future medical illustrators through a two-year, accredited, Master of Arts program in Medical and Biological Illustration. Concurrently, our faculty produces illustrations, animations, and graphic design for the medical, research and publishing communities. An anaplastology clinic within the Department also creates facial and somatic prosthetics for patients and offers a one-year training program in clinical anaplastology.

About Our Graduate Program

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine was endowed in 1911 and has been teaching medical illustration continuously. In 1959, the Johns Hopkins University approved a two-year graduate program leading to the University-wide degree of Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration.

The program is conducted by the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine on the East Baltimore Campus of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI). The academic calendar, faculty and student affairs are administered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Department has trained medical illustrators for 100 years. The program has been granted full accreditation since 1970. It is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI). Today, its graduates continue the Hopkins "tradition of excellence" into the 21st century.

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News & Announcements:

November 1, 2016
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Surgical Illustration Critique – December 8th, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm Chevy Chase Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Zayed Tower This event is an opportunity for our faculty and guests to review our second year graduate student’s surgical illustrations. 28 illustrations will be on display and fourteen of them will be formally critiqued in the Chevy Chase Auditorium. The educational and teaching value of the images is of highest concern and we value input from all perspectives. It should be a stimulating critique and an opportunity to preview some outstanding work. We hope you can attend. Closest Parking – Orleans Street Garage, 1795 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 (4th floor of the garage has a bridge to the main floor of the Hospital)                             Map PDF Invitation PDF
October 18, 2016
Cooking Up Bone Replacement. Illustration: Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI. © JHU 2016

Hopkins Medicine Magazine – Illustrations of Jennifer Fairman

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Fairman whose artwork is published in the Hopkins Medicine magazine article “Cooking Up Bone Replacement.” Highlighting the research of Associate Professor Dr. Warren Grayson and his team,  this article explores “…3-D printing, or so-called additive manufacturing, which creates 3-D objects from a digital/computer file by piling on successive, ultrathin layers of materials.” They hope to develop precisely engineered replacement bones for the head and face. Ms. Fairman’s illustrations show the materials and ‘recipe’ used in Dr. Grayson’s research to create these complex engineered replacement bones. The design for the illustrations was inspired by Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
October 17, 2016
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Sandra Gabelli discusses PI3K and cancer cells

Assistant Professor Sandra Gabelli discuses how better understanding the structure of PI3K, a lipid kinase, helps select treatments that target cancer cells. YouTube – https://youtu.be/m4_NMy2Riag For more information – http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/profiles/sandra-gabelli
November 2, 2016
Figure Drawing. Long Pose © Adam Pellerite

A Close Look – Figure Drawing

The best places to start for learning about our Portfolio Categories is the Sample Portfolio page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/sample-portfolio/ and the Admissions page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/admissions-2/. Let’s take a look at the Figure Drawing category. We consider Figure Drawing to be the advanced study of the human figure drawn from direct observation of the model. Examples should include both long and short poses and may be rendered in a variety of media. We ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings, a majority of which should be long poses but please include a couple of short pose drawings as well (see below). Your Figure Drawings should include the full figure, head to toe. Portraits and hand and foot studies are considered General Drawing. Short Poses Short poses are demonstrations of quick gestural sketches from direct observation ranging from 1 minute to 30 minutes in length. These drawings are intended to capture the essence of the figure’s mass, gesture, weight bearing and balance Take a look at these short poses. Both capture the full figure. In the first, with only a few seconds, the artist captured good proportions and perspective. The cast shadow adds depth and weight to the quickly outlined figure. In […]
November 1, 2016
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Portfolio Submission Program – Now Open

Today, November 1st, is the first day applicants can begin building their Portfolio and answering Applicant Profile questions to apply for 2017 admission to the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program. Here’s a link to our SlideRoom portfolio upload website:       The submission site is intuitive, but there are also wonderful resources provided by SlideRoom to help applicants with the technical side of the site. Just today, I received an email from the SlideRoom team about their tips pages. Take a look at the page – Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Applicant. As we don’t use the Common Application and don’t take references through SlideRoom, those sections won’t apply. However, there are some helpful sections like “Create and confirm your account,” “Begin your application” and “Add media.” You might also take a look at this page of SlideRoom Support about File Sizes and Types or this blog post also discussing file sizes and types. As you begin making your selections for your portfolio, I recommend reviewing the Sample Portfolio page and this blog post about what to include and what to avoid in the portfolio. I’m also in the process of looking closely at each […]
October 24, 2016
General Drawing © Suzanne Slattery

A Close Look – General Drawing

The best place to start is the Sample Portfolio – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/sample-portfolio/. The faculty describe General Drawing as “[demonstrating] a wide variety of technique and styles. The main aspects are the understanding of light on form and the skill of direct observation from nature. This may range from landscape studies to still life, animal or plant subjects, and hand or foot studies.” Notice that many pieces show attention to detail, display good draftsmanship, and are tightly rendered. The amaryllis root bulb and the peanuts falling from the paper bag in particular show close observation skills. There is also a distinct light source, showing good form and atmospheric perspective, a focus point of tighter rendering and a background that begins to fade away. Some examples may show a distinctive style but not at the cost of good form, proportions, and perspective. The landscape in particular has several distinctive marks yet conveys a believable depth and sense of space. Some examples may have been drawn quickly but most probably took some time to complete. A hand and/or foot study is encouraged. When building your portfolio with examples of the five portfolio categories, our Sample Portfolio page can help you determine how many from […]