We evaluate art preparation on the portfolio, not grades. We evaluate science achievement by the student’s transcript, considering the final grade and the level and rigorousness of each course. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional.
Our students take some medical school courses with the Johns Hopkins medical students and are held to the same high standards for testing and lab performance. We need to be sure our applicants are qualified to pass these challenging courses as well as to perform rigorous thesis investigations in order to receive their Master of Arts degree from this institution.
We screen applicants very carefully for excellent preparation and grades in undergraduate science coursework, to set them up for success at the graduate level.
General Chemistry: at a level for science majors,
Vertebrate Anatomy: * with mammalian (cat) dissection lab,
Vertebrate Physiology: * including organ systems,
Upper-Level Biological Science: At least one of the following five specific advanced sciences: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology (Embryology), Histology, Molecular Biology, or Immunology.
*A two semester course in Human Anatomy and Physiology may be substituted for both courses
General Drawing: Realistic drawings created from direct observation expressing form in space, light on form, and a variety of surface textures. Examples should demonstrate skilled draftsmanship, ability to render detail, and should include still-life arrangements and animal and plant studies.
Figure Drawing: Advanced studies of the human figure drawn directly from the model. Examples should include both long and short poses and may be rendered in a variety of media.
Graphic Design: Layouts that integrate image and typography for a pre-selected format and audience. Client-oriented visual communication projects.
Color Media: An accomplished use of transparent watercolor, opaque paint media, and colored pencil should be included. Landscape and still-life subject matter rendered in a representational manner should demonstrate accurately matched colors creating form and depth.
Digital Media: A competency in use of digital media (for example, experience with raster, vector, 2D or 3D applications).
Realistic rendering of observed subject matter including life drawing, still life, landscape and portraits is encouraged.
(See Prerequisites above or PDF Brochure)
- Sculpture, Fine Art Prints, Multimedia Presentations, or Photography.***
The Portfolio Upload
Note: the Admissions Committee is interested in viewing artistic details and subtleties of your artwork. Therefore, you may wish to include an additional detail image of selected Portfolio art to enhance your submission. No more than 4 total detail images may be uploaded. Please make certain the detail files are of sufficient resolution, not simply re-sampled enlargements of the original.
A class of seven students is selected each year to matriculate in early August. The Application process occurs in two steps.
Step One - Portfolio & Applicant Profile
Link to submit your Portfolio and to complete your Applicant Profile: http://hopkinsmedart.slideroom.com/
Step Two - Application & Interview
Only those applicants invited to continue should submit the application.
Candidates may be asked to bring additional artwork.
All candidates are asked to bring a sketchbook, if they keep one, to share with the Committee.
On the interview day:
- Three letters of recommendation. At least one from a science instructor and one from an art instructor.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.*
- Statement of interest in the program.
- Application fee.
*Transcripts are considered official only when mailed or electronically delivered directly from the administration at one school to an office or department at another school. Transcripts issued to students are not considered official.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Academic Year 2016-2017 is $50,160/year.
Substantial Department scholarship funds provide tuition support to all students. Students are encouraged to apply for graduate student loan support. The Financial Aid Office of the Medical School certifies the eligibility of students for US Federal loan programs.
Financial considerations are confidential and individually determined, and do not influence admissions decisions.
School of Medicine Financial Aid (410) 955-1324
School of Medicine Financial Affairs (410) 955-3216
Scholarships and Awards
- The W. B. Saunders Company Fellowship in Art as Applied to Medicine This fellowship was established in 1964 in honor of Lawrence Saunders upon his retirement after 50 years of distinguished leadership in medical publishing.
- The William P. Didusch Scholarship and Loan Fund An endowment for student tuition support in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine was established in 1973 with a generous gift from Mr. Didusch. A significant contribution was added to this Fund from the estate of Bertha M. Trott whose death in 1973 ended a life filled with dedication and service to urologists at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. Memorial contributions from friends and colleagues have been added to this Fund since the death of William P. Didusch in 1981.
- The Kathleen Mackay Powell Memorial Fund An endowment to assist and benefit students in the field of medical illustration given in memory of Kathleen Mackay Powell who studied in the department (1930-31) under Max Brödel.
- The Elinor Widmont Bodian Scholarship in Medical Art This scholarship fund was established in 2000 by Mrs. Bodian and her family to provide financial assistance to students in Medical Illustration.
- The Leon Schlossberg Scholarship Fund This scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of Leon Schlossberg’s lifetime association as a medical illustrator for the Department of Surgery and faculty member in Art as Applied to Medicine.
- The Chester Reather Scholarship in Art as Applied to Medicine An endowment established in Art as Applied to Medicine in honor of Chester Reather’s distinguished career as a medical photographer and research associate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This fund is used to reward a graduate student with a scholarship for innovative research and creative use of new imaging technology. More on this scholarship.
- The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art Frank H. Netter, M.D. is known world-wide as a medical illustrator who could distill complex medical subject matter into clear, effective teaching images. Dr. Netter was not only a skilled draftsman, but knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, and pathology through his medical training. Family and friends established this scholarship to recognize a student in Art as Applied to Medicine who displays a similar balance of medical and scientific knowledge with the artistic skills that he exhibited throughout his career. Winners of this award have excelled in their academic courses; displayed exceptional art expression; and most importantly utilized both resources to create well designed and effective didactic illustrations. 2015 Recipient: Laura Roy. More on this scholarship.
- The Gwynne M. Gloege Scholarship Fund in Medical Art This scholarship fund was established in 2004 by Gwynne Gloege (JHU ’56) to provide financial assistance to medical art students. Financial aid and scholarships are awarded to students within the program based on financial need and academic performance.
- The Ranice W. Crosby Student Scholarship Fund
Awards, Lectureship, and Support
- The Annette S. Burgess Award The alumni of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine contribute funds each year which provide for an annual award given to the student whose ophthalmological illustration is outstanding. More on this award.
- The Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award Through the generosity of alumni, colleagues, and friends, a medallion honoring Ranice W. Crosby, Director of Art as Applied to Medicine from 1943 to 1983, is awarded for scholarly contributions to the advancement of art as applied to the medical sciences. The recipient is selected by a committee at intervals of from one to three years. 2015 Recipient: Philippe Gailloud. More on this award.
- The Samson Feldman Visiting Scholar in Art as Applied to Medicine Rossetta A. and Sadie B. Feldman, sisters of Samson Feldman, established a visiting lectureship to honor his life as an artist and lifelong patron of the arts. Lecturers are selected from distinguished scholars in visual communications with the purpose of presenting contemporary views pertaining to medical art. The selection of lecturers are made by a committee representing the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.
- The James M. and Carolyn H. Phelps Fund Support for the preservation and care of the Max Brödel Archives. This fund was established in memory of their parents by the Phelps family.