Medical Illustration

What will I learn?

Medical Illustration is one part art, one part science, and one part communication. Your education will hone your skills in all three.


The new program builds on the strengths of our Illustration, Graphic Design, and Digital Media programs through supportive studio relationships. In some ways, medicine is just another topic to illustrate, and many of the techniques will be the same as those used for other topics. One thing that sets this field apart is the demand for accuracy, instead of interpretation, in your work.

Illustration techniques you’ll study include:
  • Traditional drawing methods
  • Traditional/digital hybrids
  • All-digital illustrations
  • 2-D animations
  • 3-D (digital) modeling

The program also includes 12 credits of studio electives. This gives students the chance to investigate an additional discipline in art or design, to concentrate in specific methods or media, or to specialize in specific topic areas.


During this program, students will learn biology, medical terminology, and anatomy. They’ll build their knowledge by reading scientific papers, meeting with medical experts, and taking part in many laboratory procedures, including examining cadavers and specimens in gross anatomy. Proper lab behavior and ethics will be an important part of these studies.


Medical Illustration focuses on visual communication, but verbal communication is an important tool for achieving the best results. At KCAD, we’ll help you hone your oral, written, and visual communication skills so you can be an effective part of every team and every project, no matter how diverse.

How does the program work?

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