ME:120.716 :: Medical Sculpture

Course Description

Offered: 3rd Quarter, 1st Year
Instructors: Juan Garcia, Associate Professor
Credits: 2 Credits
Materials and processes of creating facial prosthetic appliances.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of facial prosthetic appliances, patient types, and various considerations for prosthetic reconstruction
  • Understand the range and physical properties of materials used in facial prosthetic work
  • Understand the various steps involved in creating a facial prosthesis: including impression, sculpting, mold-making, intrinsic color mixing, casting, and extrinsic coloration
  • Understand the various methods used for prosthesis retention
  • Confidently work with a patient creating full and partial face castings using hydrocolloid and silicone-based materials
  • Use scientific terminology for surface nasal and auricular anatomy
  • Accurately replicate nasal and auricular anatomy
  • Understand various custom mold-making designs including flexible and rigid molds
  • Understand various custom cast-making options including silicone, acrylic, and stone


Class lectures, handouts, reference books, journal articles, product literature, and instructor.

Course Assignments

Students will further develop their skills through class lectures/demonstrations, and class exercises, including:

  • Full-face mold/cast
  • Hand/instrument cast
  • Auricular impression, prosthesis construction

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Successful completion of above-mentioned assignments
  • Final grade


Refer to 1st year calendars.

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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