Course Descriptions

First Year Courses

120.703 Color Illustration
Rendering of scientific subject matter with emphasis on form, texture, and tissue color matching methods. Sandone. One quarter. Read more...
120.708 Graphic Design Concepts
Introduction to typography and layout. Sandone and Guest Faculty. One quarter. Read more...
120.709 Continuous Tone Illustration
Continuous tone rendering of medical and biological subjects. Assignments in a variety of media with individually researched topics. Rini and faculty. One quarter. Read more...
120.710 Pen and Ink Illustration
Pen and ink rendering developed by sequential exercises and projects. Phelps and Suk. One quarter. Read more...
120.714 Editorial and Conceptual Illustration
Conceptual approach to illustration utilizing brainstorming and problem solving skills to effectively interpret and illustrate manuscripts and clinical or anatomical concepts. Phelps and faculty. One quarter. Read more...
120.715 Biological Illustration
Application of illustration techniques to biological, botanical, and natural science topics. Phelps and Whitaker. One quarter. Read more...
120.716 Medical Sculpture
Materials and techniques used in producing instructive three-dimensional medical sculpture and rehabilitative facial prostheses. García. One quarter. Read more...
120.717.1 Communications Media - Photography
Skills laboratory providing hands-on experience in camera and lighting techniques, reproducing art in color and black and white with both analogue and digital media. Hands-on working in a photo lab environment. Barker. One quarter. Read more...
120.717.2 Communications Media - Graphic Design
Skills laboratory providing hands-on experience in design, layout, typography and desk-top publishing. Jones. One quarter. Read more...
120.719 Illustrating Anatomy
Sketching from the cadaver and application of illustration techniques, coordinated with gross anatomy dissection schedule. Emphasis on relationships and accuracy in surgical and radiological approaches. Augmented by autopsy, specimens, and text references. Lees and Rini. One quarter. Read more...
120.720 Digital Imaging I
Technical aspects of digital art production using vector and raster-based digital imaging applications. Fairman. Two quarters. Read more...
120.721 Digital Imaging II
Creating digital artwork for print media and projection media: two-dimensional color still images. Fairman and Suk. One quarter. Read more...
120.722 Digital Imaging III
Theory and techniques for creating 3D models and animations for distribution as electronic files and videos. Bliss and Blum. One quarter. Read more...
120.723 Digital Imaging IV
Theory and techniques for creation of dynamic animation optimized for electronic presentation media. Fairman. One quarter. Read more...
120.755 Business Policy for the Medical Illustrator
Design and management of functional illustration production units. Practice in analyzing problems of the visual artist and formulating practical solutions. Ferrante-Iqbal and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...
120.807 Design of Instructional Programs
Instructional design process, project planning and development. Hands-on experience as instructional designer, project manager, programmer, illustrator, animator, user-interface designer and end user. Altemus, Freedman, and visiting faculty. One quarter. Read more...
110.607 Human Anatomy
An integrated coverage of functional human anatomy including cadaveric dissection, clinical and basic science lectures, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions. Includes developmental anatomy. (Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution). Functional Anatomy and Evolution Faculty. One quarter. Read more...
800.638.1 Biophysics/Macromolecules
This course addresses, through a combination of lecture, journal clubs, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions, advanced biophysical principles including: protein structure, enzyme mechanisms and inhibition; lipids, membrane and carbohydrates; DNA replication, recombination and repair; bacterial and eukaryotic transcription; RNA processing, translation and the genetic code. Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry Faculty Read more...
800.638.2 Cell Physiology
Through lecture, discussion groups, virtual microscopy labs and clinical correlations, advanced cell physiology topics are covered. Includes: an overview of organelles; cytoskeleton, cell cycle and division; endocytosis, chaperones and membrane trafficking; transport proteins; signal transduction, growth control and cell death; electrophysiology and muscle; extracellular matrix and connective tissue. Cell Biology Faculty. One quarter. Read more...

Second Year Courses

120.724 Digital Imaging V Web Animation and Interactivity
Vector Animation and Interactivity for the Web. Theory and techniques for the design and creation of dynamic vector animation and interactivity, optimized for electronic presentation media, including Web and CD or DVD presentation. Fairman and Linkinhoker. One quarter. Read more...
120.750 Surgical Illustration
Illustration of surgical procedures from operating room sketches for medical education. Lees, Phelps, Rini, and Sandone. One semester. Read more...
120.751 Ophthalmological Illustration
Intensive review of gross and microscopic anatomy of the orbit. Survey of ophthalmological surgical procedures. Special illustration techniques presented. Introduction to the use of patient examining instruments. Garcia and Lees. One quarter. Read more...
120.754 Research and Thesis
Original investigation under preceptor and department advisor. Sandone, Fairman, Lees, Phelps, Rini and faculty. One semester. Read more...
120.756 Operating Room Sketching
Introduction to operating room protocol, observation and recording of surgical procedures. Lees, Fairman, Phelps, Rini, and Sandone. One quarter. Read more...
120.757 Scientific Communication
Principles of effective oral and written presentation. Exercises include a grant proposal, oral presentations and review of publications. Poynton. One quarter. Read more...
120.758 The Portfolio
Professional portfolio and exhibition preparation and presentation, includes effective negotiation in a professional environment. Sandone, Fairman and guest faculty. One quarter. Read more...
300.713 Pathology for Grad Students: Basic Mechanisms of Disease
This course concentrates on the basic mechanisms of tissue injury and disease both at the molecular level and as they are manifested in human tissues. Normal tissue histology and microscopic sessions. Pathology Faculty. One quarter. Read more...

Elective Studies

120.801 Advanced Projects
Special projects in editorial and conceptual illustration. Lees and faculty. Sandone and faculty. Read more...
120.813 Independent Study
Students may arrange independent study with a faculty member with the approval of the Director and scheduled during any quarter of the second year as an overload. Sandone and faculty. Read more...
Seminars
Seminars are offered throughout the year introducing topics pertinent to the profession. Sample topics: Illustration Ethics, Electronic Publishing, Web-based Learning, Virtual Reality, E-commerce, Intellectual Property, Artists' Rights and Art Pricing. Department faculty and guest lecturers. Rini coordinator.
All students with disabilities who require accommodations for a course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education (cwill@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.