ME:120.714 :: Editorial & Conceptual Illustration

Course description

Offered: 4th Quarter, 1st Year
Instructors: Timothy H. Phelps, Professor
Credits: 3 Credits: 8 studio hours per week
An introduction to conceptual thinking and visualization and its place in medical editorial and advertising markets.

Course Objectives

Through lecture and individually designed projects, students should be able to produce conceptually effective, informative, and eye-catching illustrations in a variety of media. Students should be able to think constructively about topics relating to medicine and present them in an illustrative way. Visual thinking and Brainstorming will be stressed. Students will utilize media best suited for final presentation. Students will mock-up magazine cover for final presentation.


  • Communication Arts Magazine and other graphic design publications
  • Past editions of AMI Sourcebooks
  • Examples of own work and others

Course Assignments

Create an editorial illustration in choice of media.

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty – student interface
  • Single project evaluation form
  • Scheduled class critiques
  • Final grade


2 half days a week for 6 weeks

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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