Admissions Blog

November 23, 2015

The GRE – Should you take it?

The Johns Hopkins Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program does not require GRE scores for admission. But, should you take the GRE anyway? Most of the accredited medical illustration programs do require GRE scores. Admission into graduate school can be tough, so I always recommend that applicants apply to more than one of the accredited medical illustration programs. Not only does this increase your likelihood of acceptance, but this also will introduce you to more professional medical illustrators – your future colleagues. Each program has a slightly different take on admissions and curriculum. You can only learn more about your chosen profession by investigating all programs. Also, if you may have struggled a little in your academic career, to some extent a strong GRE score can help mitigate a lower GPA. The faculty at Hopkins do like to see strong GRE scores (75th percentile and above). Even though we don’t require the GRE, if you’ve taken the exam, I do recommend submitting the scores. GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores can be sent to: Institution Code 5316 (Johns Hopkins University PhD Medicine) no department code is necessary. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – […]
November 10, 2015

New Website – New Sample Portfolio!

We are very excited to be launching a new and responsive website. Yes, your mobile phones and small tablets can now access information on our graduate program. I am also very pleased to present the new Sample Portfolio page. Like the one on the old site, the new Sample Portfolio has wonderful examples of the kind of art our faculty hope to seen in an admissions portfolio. An important change from the old site is representative images from all 5 Portfolio Categories: General Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Media, Graphic Design and Digital Media. For the first time, you can see examples picked by faculty from the Digital Media category. As with our old website, the faculty have chosen art of accepted students created while directly observing the subject matter. They strongly prefer direct observation over photo reference. Also like the old site, the Figure Drawing section has the most examples. The faculty ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings (i.e. a higher minimum than any other portfolio category). For more on the Portfolio Guidelines, check the Admissions Page or my last Blog Post. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – or Request […]
October 22, 2015

Portfolio Guidelines – a second look

With the Portfolio upload site going live November 1, now is the perfect time to take a second look at the Portfolio Guidelines. What do the faculty want to see in the Portfolio? They want to see artists with the skills and techniques that can readily be applied to a didactic medical illustration.  The main goal of a good medical illustration is to teach a concept to a specific audience with accuracy and clarity. Realistic proportions and perspective, understanding light and form, directing the viewer’s eye, and rendering various textures convincingly work together to represent what is directly observed in a believable and informative visual. Just like in a good medical illustration, a tightly rendered figure or life drawing can accurately represent the subject/object(s) being closely observed. Good proportions and perspective, cast light, shadow, and various textures that look believable will work to convey to your viewers what you directly observed with detail and accuracy. What should I avoid in the Portfolio? The admissions faculty highly recommend avoiding physiological, anatomical, surgical or medical subject matter in the Portfolio. At first, this might seem counter-intuitive, “When applying for medical illustration graduate school shouldn’t I send samples of this kind of art?” Here’s […]
September 29, 2015

Virtual Fair – October 6th!

  If you are interested in applying to a graduate program in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and you have a question but aren’t sure who to ask, join me in the: Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair. Tuesday, October 6th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Masters and PhD program administrators, and even some program directors, will be participating in an online Virtual Grad School Fair. They’ll be answering those nagging questions and directing potential applicants to great information on the different graduate programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It’s free to register and participate; you get answers directly from the people who run admissions for the various programs; and it’s an easy web chat format. Come join us on the 6th!